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How to make him stop chewing things??

Leroy likes to chew on things, like shoes, socks, rugs, etc...how can i make him stop?
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My 8 mo. old gave it all up once I introduced him to the Kong-
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My 10 month old had to be re-crated at 7 months, he never chewed anything that wasn't his until he turned 7 months, then all bets where off. He ate a carpet, an area rug, coffee table, hole in the kitchen wall, cabinet door, and started on the dining room set. He has been in a crate ever since when no one is home. Guess I thought I got real lucky to have a pup with no interest in anything except his toys, oh well so much for that. I wanted so much to trust him and leave him out, confined to only the kitchen, however I am still repairing/replacing what he has already destroyed. Oh well, you live and learn. He already has several kongs/bones/chew things. Guess time will tell, maybe he can be free when he's two...

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I'm not sure how to say this nicely, but first of all, you need to pick up after yourself. Anything you have just laying around, like shoes and socks, they will find and chew on. Its just too tempting for them. Its like baby proofing your house. Make sure you have plenty of dog toys or item you deem acceptable to chew on laying around for them. Supervision is the key. If they can't be supervised then they should be crated and not left alone. This is usually when stuff like this happens. When they do chew on things you don't want them to do, just replace them with something you want them to chew on, like their toys.



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I'm not sure how to say this nicely, but first of all, you need to pick up after yourself. Anything you have just laying around, like shoes and socks, they will find and chew on. Its just too tempting for them. Its like baby proofing your house. Make sure you have plenty of dog toys or item you deem acceptable to chew on laying around for them. Supervision is the key. If they can't be supervised then they should be crated and not left alone. This is usually when stuff like this happens. When they do chew on things you don't want them to do, just replace them with something you want them to chew on, like their toys.
Couldnt agree more. Puppies will bit on almost anything they see. Start training your dog what is acceptable to bite on...tugs, bones, etc.. once they build up drive for these items they will always want to play with them and be les likely to want your socks, but if you leave your socks and pup in same room together and your not watching you will lose pairs of socks!
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Yep, what Kratty said.

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To go out the back door here you go through the laundry room. I have taken to putting the clothes hamper that is in there on top of the washer. Lestat has discovered he can nose up the lid and steal socks. He never gets to keep them because I am always right there but he still tries none the less lol. Now if I could get him to put stuff in it....

He will also try to take socks off your feet when you sit down, from a service dog pov that could become a trained task, only its not a task I need and he is none to gentle about it lol.

He will take clothes out of the dryer which could be useful, however once out he dober-head-shakes them to death prancing around the floor lol. This one is something we can work on and modify to something useful.

His most persistant annoying behavior is to snatch the cushion off the couch while I am sitting at the other end of it. He yanks hard enough to totally remove it and get it to the middle of the room in one smooth move. Needless to say even though he is stopped before he can dober-head-shake it more than a couple of times its starting to show some puncture holes. I see replacing the couch in my future. He wears a drag line most of the time but it's not always reachable to prevent his grabbing the couch. I have noticed he resents my being on the phone and acts out more when I am. It's not sneaky things like I would expect when your distracted. He does things right in front of me so I HAVE to see him, snatch the cushion right beside me, try to pull socks off my feet, try to put toys in my lap and if I ignore them he will push them up against me and manage to pinch me in his chewing "by accident" lol, its almost always a cuz or the fish made by the same company that makes cuz so it gets hard to hear on the phone. I think he just wants undivided attention!

Pretty much everything else he would routinely get he no longer gets the chance to get. You have to learn to pick your battles and prevent the ones you can.
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He has tons of bones and toys, he doesnt do it all the time, but its usually when we are sleeping he will wake up get off the bed and find something to chew o. Ande he knows it wrong cause if i even look at him he stops and walks away, so he knows he is doing wrong. I just hope he will grow out of it
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He has tons of bones and toys, he doesnt do it all the time, but its usually when we are sleeping he will wake up get off the bed and find something to chew o. Ande he knows it wrong cause if i even look at him he stops and walks away, so he knows he is doing wrong. I just hope he will grow out of it
If he's getting up in the night to chew on things, then he needs to be crated so he doesn't have the opportunity.



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The funkier-smelling the item, the more your Dobe pup will want it. Kratty's right: puppy-proofing the house, keeping everything you don't want chewed out of sight and reach is the only solution. Helps to keep a new chew toy tucked away to bring out when he's really antsy to chew. The novelty will keep him busy. Freezing peanut butter in a Kong will keep puppy busy for a long while as well.
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He has tons of bones and toys, he doesnt do it all the time, but its usually when we are sleeping he will wake up get off the bed and find something to chew o. Ande he knows it wrong cause if i even look at him he stops and walks away, so he knows he is doing wrong. I just hope he will grow out of it
Get off the bed to start biting things during the night??? You know you are breaking alot of rules ...if you want an obedient dog, you have to properly train it. Doesnt just happen.
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but its usually when we are sleeping he will wake up get off the bed and find something to chew
Cher is 2 years old and STILL sleeps in a crate because she will wake up and find a sock or slipper that Donnie has left laying around. It's up to you to supervise and make sure he doesn't have access to things to chew on.

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He has tons of bones and toys, he doesnt do it all the time, but its usually when we are sleeping he will wake up get off the bed and find something to chew o. Ande he knows it wrong cause if i even look at him he stops and walks away, so he knows he is doing wrong. I just hope he will grow out of it
You can hope he will grow out of it, but its highly unlikely. The behavior pattern is already set and each time he does this reinforces that its okay to do this. This is just setting the dog up for failure. Its like when you come home and find poop on the floor. It does no good to reprimand the dog now, because he won't understand what you mean.

One of my trainers told me this early one, The best way to correct inappropriate behavior is not to let that behavior start. My oldest girl was not trustworthy until she was over 15 months, then she was able to be unsupervised.

Another concern is that this is risky for the dog. We already had a few dogs die on this forum already because they ate something they shouldn't have and had to have surgery to have it removed. Besides a teaching lesson, its a safety concern.



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I supervise them and crate when I can't watch them. I also use baby gates to confine them to the same room that I'm in, which makes supervision lots easier for me. Habits both good and bad form young. And as Kratty says, you have to pick stuff up as it can be deadly. I have an old wooden toy box in our family room with dog toys. As a puppy it took Rex quite a bit of time and energy just getting everything drug out and scattered. Rex is pretty bombproof as far as not taking anything that doesn't belong to him. There were a few things that my last dog Baron couldn't resist, like gloves, so you just have to play it by ear. My laundary room also contains the cat box so that room is off limits to dogs, small cat door, so that takes care of the dirty socks problem here! Mine always sleep in bed but I'm a very light sleeper.

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solution as mentioned above : crate him at night! dont give him the chance to misbehave!!!

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kongs do work well along with sprays for chewing like bitter apple. But have a few kongs and stick some treats inside..he'll stay busy with that for a while.
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You have to be very careful that your puppy doesn't eat something that could endanger his life. You have to puppyproof your entire home, and you will need to be very careful for many months.

It is over very quickly...my baby will be 13 months old this week and he is acting just like an adult dog....I was to the point that I thought the puppy stage would never end.

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Beware of the chewer....My girl usta chew the bark off of trees when she was only 8 weeks old (BIB can confirm this)....went through every toy imagineable and she loved and chewed them all. Just when I thought she could be trusted and was out of that "stage"- as she had not attempted to demolish anything in over a year...She proved otherwise and now she is crated whenever I cannot personally watch her every move for her safety as well as my belongings .

She was very obedient when she did this at a year and half old.......she never left the bed

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I have to agree with Kratty and all the others, crate when not at home for a variety of reasons. I had to learn the hard way when I thought that I could leave my 2 puppies who were playing in the next room. Guess what, they chewed a couple of throw pillows and a shoe my husband left on the floor. I got a lot of flack from members about never taking my eyes off my puppies and to crate them, even if only for 10 minutes. I have learned a great deal on this site and hope that others will listen to the comments. Good luck, I am sure that the time is coming very soon that your pup will be able to be trusted, as well as mine! My other dobies were always crated at night and when I couldn't be at home. These two pups love their crates and many times during the day, they will just crawl in to take a little nap or just to chew a toy.
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We tackled this problem by flooding our house with dog toys. When she would grab a shoe or something like that I would use a stern voice, say "bad" or "no",then replace it with something of hers and love on her a bit. She has pretty much stopped all that but when she does pick up something she's not sure about she will bring it to us. I think shes checking it out to see if it's ok lol.
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He is still chewing on things...tore my insoles out of my shoes today. he has tons of chew toys...i guess it just takes time..how long before you think he will stop ?
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He is still chewing on things...tore my insoles out of my shoes today. he has tons of chew toys...i guess it just takes time..how long before you think he will stop ?

The big question is how long are you going to continue giving him the opportunity to chew things? Where were you when he was chewing at your shoe?

The way to stop destructive chewing is to watch the dog at all times, so you can correct it for chewing inappropriate items and redirect it to items they can chew/play with. If you're not in a position to watch the dog, then it should be crated.

This isn't behavior that just "goes away". Every time the dog is allowed to chew on an unauthorized item it makes it that much harder to stop the behavior.




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Treat your Dobe like you'd treat a baby that's starting to scoot around the house. If you can see a baby pulling an unsteady coat-rack on top of itself, you do something about it. If you can see your pup chewing on the insoles of your shoes, put them in the closet.

I've littered my house with toys for Tor, as I've learned the best way for him is redirection. It cramps my minimalistic style of decorating, but it works.. -shrug-
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I supervise them and crate when I can't watch them. I also use baby gates to confine them to the same room that I'm in, which makes supervision lots easier for me. Habits both good and bad form young. And as Kratty says, you have to pick stuff up as it can be deadly. I have an old wooden toy box in our family room with dog toys. As a puppy it took Rex quite a bit of time and energy just getting everything drug out and scattered. Rex is pretty bombproof as far as not taking anything that doesn't belong to him. There were a few things that my last dog Baron couldn't resist, like gloves, so you just have to play it by ear.
We pretty much do it the same way with the crate and gates, but now I don't feel as guilty that we don't give him run of the entire house. At 11 months he's settling down quite a bit, but I'm a mother hen when it comes to worrying that we might have missed that one thing in the house that might be dangerous to him if he gets curious.
Boris has learned to love his crate and and thinks of it as his den, so we were happy that things went according to the earlier advice given in that respect.

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It is over very quickly...my baby will be 13 months old this week and he is acting just like an adult dog....I was to the point that I thought the puppy stage would never end.
Thanks, this is also encouraging.

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We pretty much do it the same way with the crate and gates, but now I don't feel as guilty that we don't give him run of the entire house. At 11 months he's settling down quite a bit, but I'm a mother hen when it comes to worrying that we might have missed that one thing in the house that might be dangerous to him if he gets curious.
Boris has learned to love his crate and and thinks of it as his den, so we were happy that things went according to the earlier advice given in that respect.

Thanks, this is also encouraging.
Don't ever feel guilty about keeping them safe. And the less they get into as puppies the less bad habits they have as they grow up and the faster they become trustworthy. I learned lots from my mistakes from my first dobe in 1973, he never had to made a trip to the vet for injesting anything, but could have, and some of his bad habits of getting into things carried with him all his life. Like Petey, Rex became trustworthy in the house very young but was also supervised as a pup!
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