Ask the Veterinarian/puppy chewing
QUESTION: I have a 6 month old puppy, bassett hound cross sharpei, how do we get him to stop chewing. He has plenty of chew toys and bones, he is walked regular and lives with a 5 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He will chew whether we (owners) are in the house or not. Please help.
ANSWER: Hi there,
is there something in particular that he is chewing? Shoes or furniture, or just everything? Will he chew his toys, or has he developed some other preferences? By around 6 months usually all the adult teeth are through, so the worst of the teething chewing resolves. But chewing does feel good and is a great stress reliever for dogs.
You can in some cases make the chew toys appear more attractive by rotating them so he gets a 'new' one each day, or use Kongs (stuff them with treats, sweet potato or peanut butter).
In some cases dogs are totally like having a baby around the place, they have to be supervised or everything needs to be off the floor! You could also train him to stay in a certain room (laundry or bathroom) or a crate while you aren't there to supervise him.
If there is something in particular he is chewing there are non-toxic sprays you can get that are bitter and discourage chewing, like bitter apple.
Hope that helps, sorry for the delay responding.
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QUESTION: He started chewing shoes but we made sure we picked them up, he occasionally chews the wooden garden table and wooden pallette, and now he's taken an interest in somehow pulling the carpet up from the corner and has chewed that.
Oh dear, the shoes at least you can pick up, but the table is much harder! I would try spraying it with something bitter and redirecting his attention when you are around to something more appropriate and high value like a Kong and really make the Kong more attractive by making it into a game.
Some wood furniture is treated with chemicals that are quite toxic, particularly treated pine.
If he is chewing when left alone due to boredom, make sure you take him out for a huge walk or play games with him at home to wear him out so that he will sleep more during the day.
The carpet in the corner is a problem. I would put something heavy in those corners to deter him (I imagine now he has started it is even easier for him to get purchase and chew even more!).
It may be he is looking for a certain texture to chew on, that perhaps you could mimic with a rope chew toy of some kind, something pretty durable so he doesn't swallow it and end up at the vet.
Hope that helps a little. Definitely try a Kong stuffed with treats and wear him out as much as possible.