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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-25-2020, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 8mo chewing everything!

Hi everyone, I'm a first-time dog owner and I've been having a lot of trouble with Artamas (Arty), my 8mo male.

We've got a lot of wood furniture in our apartment and Arty just cannot resist chewing literally all of it! Because of his chewing we've kept him tethered within the apartment so he has some room to move. Even a long walk, after about 5-10 minutes of lying down and catching his breath he goes right back into chewing mode!

I've looked online and haven't had much success, any advice?
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What are you giving him that he CAN chew on? A 5-10 minute walk will do nothing to tire a doberman. They need a lot of physical and mental stimulation, especially at that age. Do you have any kind of fenced area he can play in?
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Like Greenie said - He's Bored and looking for something to do and the wood is the first and easiest think to get to , Just my opinion
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I should've been clearer, the walks are about 30 minutes to an hour-long. He normally lies down after for about 5-10 minutes once we've gotten back.

He does have a bunch of toys, and we give him "dogwood stick" in particular for him to chew on. Unfortunately, we don't have a fenced area so walks and play inside the house are often most of his physical exercise.

As for mental stimulation do you have any suggestions other than the usual obedience training, he does really well with treats for "sit, stay, leave it, etc." but we're still trying to decrease that too. Sorry if this is a lot, I really appreciate the help!
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yeah I thought so too, my concern was mainly about the fact that he starts his chewing almost 5 minutes after having just got back from his walk
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Oh my, this is reminiscent ... Yes, your boy is very curious and his mouth is the equivalent of hands. He needs multiple textures and a good amount of "scent" for his interest, other than your furniture. Rub some of his personal "safe" toys with a beef or salmon broth. The chewing and mouthing of these new interests alone, will tire him. However, nothing is lost and you have a relationship to gain w some easy steps. Begin w a 45 min to 1hr of fast, pace walking. Follow w a 20 min (depending on his attention span) for basic "on leash" training....try to limit the treats & make your attention towards him the reward. Conclude w a good amount of one on one play time, another 20 min ball tossing/retrieval of fav toy.
When you must make any corrections, do not use his name, and no negative hands on. Keep your focus and your calm, to aide him in understanding what is expected of him. Adolescent times can be the toughest, but it does pass. It's true what is said, a tired dobermann is a content dog!
Don't give up or give in...
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Here's a bit of information that might be of some interest not only to you but to anyone who is living through the post teething process.

It's commonly believe by many that when puppies have all of their adult teeth (generally right around 6 months) that all the pain of the process is over--no more biting your hand and things like that. Here's the bad news--it's not over. After all the teeth are in there is a process that goes on for several weeks to a few months. It's called "setting the teeth" and that probably what all the chewing is about. They want big hard things to chew--chair legs are favorites--my great uncle used to give his young dogs a chunk of fire wood (a big chunk) I thought he was crazy until one of my very first vets explained the process that went on after the puppy's teeth were in--my puppy and I were in to get vaccines and I was complaining about the chewing going on with my 7 month old puppy.

So it turned out my great uncle actually knew more than I thought.

A chunk of firewood doesn't solve the chewing problem complete but it helps. And almost the only thing you can do is stop him from chewing each and every time you see him even thinking about chewing.

Things that some of my other dogs liked to have to chew on are bone--real bones--and I use big bones that are clearly weight bearing bones and even though that means some possibility that the dog might damage a tooth if they are big enough they can't get enough leverage to really do that. And several puppies have liked toys like JW's bad and good Cuz's--I trim the feet off of them because all of my dogs have instantly chewed the feet off--but after that I've had dogs that chewed on them like bubble gum and I have one right now who does that--his favorite is one that has lasted through three puppies using it to help set teeth.

Good luck--part of the answer is to find a fenced place where you can take him, maybe weekly where he can run all that excess engergy off.

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My hardcore chewer really likes Benebones.

I would look into doing some scentwork and mental games with your dog. Use some food toys to feed meals. The more you can use his brain, the better. I'd also suggest using Kongs. You can google "Kong recipes" for ideas for stuffing them. The best thing is to completely fill the Kong, and then freeze it overnight, so it's fully frozen. It makes the dog work to get the food out. Licking/chewing a Kong is mentally stimulating, enriching, and will help satisfy the need to chew. Make sure you reduce the amount of food you feed a bit to compensate for what you are putting in the Kong.


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Along with everyones great suggestions on how to get him to chew on things other then your furniture you may also want to pick up some Bitter Apple spray. It's usually available in most pet stores and certainly online. Most dogs really hate the taste so spray it on anything that he is NOT allowed to chew (ie: furniture, extension cords, shoes, etc)

My girl was very interested in the cable cord that came out of the wall when she was a pup but her first taste of the Bitter Apple was enough to have her leave it alone.
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