We picked up our dobe from the breeder a few days ago. His name is Astos - he's a beautiful black boy and we just love him! Really the only big problem is that he chews...a lot. We gave him various toys with different textures for his mouthing (including a stuffed Kong, which does not interest him as much as we'd hoped), but he doesn't seem to concentrate on them for very long before he goes to chew random papers, wall baseboards, even the carpet. He's almost 9 weeks, so he's not teething yet. We're currently telling him 'off' when he starts chewing something he shouldn't, and if he doesn't stop then we physically remove him and lure him away with a chew toy, which normally works for 10 seconds before he starts again. I was just wondering if this is common, and what suggestions anyone may have to nip this behavior in the bud, before it becomes a bigger problem.