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Old 09-18-2017, 08:08 PM
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Chewing and destruction HELP!

My 10 mo old beagle /basenji /?mix needs to chew or eat constantly! She has destroyed our linoleum floor and doorway and can down a large bullystick in minutes! We feed her the appropriate amount of food for her size and age (merrick) .she has destroyed every toy, ball ,and bone ,and bedding and now has eaten a hole in her current bed! I think it's boredom but we play w her.. take her to dog parks ..and to daycare! We have to shower and do laundry sometimes lol! She is crate trained but don't want to have to crate her all the time! Help!!!!
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Crate her for her own safety if you're not around to keep an eye on her, like when you're doing laundry or taking a shower.

I'm afraid not going to have much good advice other than that, though. My previous dog was a chewer her entire life and needed to be crated when not able to be supervised for her own safety. Only by the grace of The Powers That Be did she never get a blockage or require medical attention. Probably goes without saying, but make sure there's not anything in her crate that you don't want her to chew, like bedding. I made the mistake of forgetting to take my previous dog's leash off before putting her in her crate once and came home to just the little metal clip hanging from her collar and the rest of it chewed up into 1" squares. Then there was the time the crate was a bit too close to the bed and she pulled the bed skirt through the bars and chewed up a big section of that.

Otherwise, redirect to an appropriate chew toy when you notice her going after something she shouldn't. What about Kong with frozen stuffing? They come in several different levels of toughness, from soft for puppies and elderly dogs, to regular for regular adult dogs to extra tough for extra rough chewers. Between the rubber outside and the yummy filling inside, that should be safe and keep her attention.

Barkbox makes a line of toys for heavy chewers. If you don't want to do the subscription, you can buy the toys individually. I get the regular barkbox (and love it) but I have no experience with the super chewer toys.

I wonder if it's possible to teach a form of bite inhibition for toys, as in as soon as dog starts playing too rough with the toy, take it away for a moment or two, the same way that if a puppy bites too hard in play, you step away to let him know that's too rough and he needs to be more gentle or else the fun stops. I don't know if that's possible or even wise; just kind of thinking out loud.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:36 PM
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My dogs a major chewer as well, he's also very anxious. He was in my friends car with a dog he's good friends with and not only did he eat the Kong treats and peanut butter but he ate the rubber outside of the Kong too! Isn't that bad for them? He had diarrhea but he has ibd so could have been the peanut butter. He destroys toys and squeaks in seconds. He's eaten squeakies. Destroyed a toy and my 13 year old cat got the blockage and surgery and all day vomiting and hospitalization from eating the toy stuffing he left everywhere. He was fine, poor cat had thousands in vet bills.
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