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Old 02-27-2013, 04:03 PM
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Angry My pup eats my furniture.

I rescued a shep mix pup about 5 months ago. He is now 9 months old an weighs 90 lbs. (big boy). He was housetrained in 2 weeks. His name is Harley-knows sit-won't eat until told its ok. If you turn your back on him he tears everything and anything apart. I bought him kong toys- the BIG black one and a red one, well he ate them. We walk several times a day I try and work with training(clicker) 4 10 minute sessions a day. He bites at my heels. There is now toy that I have found that he wont eat. He ate a tennis shoe 1 day in about and hr. I have tried to crate him, he will eat and come out- he pulls toys out but will not stay or lay in there. Any suggestions?

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I rescued a shep mix pup about 5 months ago. He is now 9 months old an weighs 90 lbs. (big boy). He was housetrained in 2 weeks. His name is Harley-knows sit-won't eat until told its ok. If you turn your back on him he tears everything and anything apart. I bought him kong toys- the BIG black one and a red one, well he ate them. We walk several times a day I try and work with training(clicker) 4 10 minute sessions a day. He bites at my heels. There is now toy that I have found that he wont eat. He ate a tennis shoe 1 day in about and hr. I have tried to crate him, he will eat and come out- he pulls toys out but will not stay or lay in there. Any suggestions?
How much walking is he getting, in minutes?

How did you crate train him? It sounds like you're giving him the option of staying in or leaving.

How did you train him what's his? The usual method is to praise/treat for chewing his own stuff and replace the other items with his stuff.

Have you tried giving him antlers or bully sticks to chew on? I know some pitty owners who give their dogs lawnmower tires as chew toys.

Without more information, it's hard to say, but he's young, full of energy and GSDs are mouthy creatures. All of this sort of behavior is totally normal. Exercise and training will help, but so will crating (properly) and the passage of time.
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You need a bomb proof crate to put him in when you cannot attend to him. You are going to have to spend some serious money, but it will save your stuff, and possibly your dog too, as eventually he's going to eat something that could cause a blockage in his gut. Something here might give you an idea. I'd go for the super sturdy kind and stay away from the wire ones that he can eat.

He should eventually out grow a bunch of this need to chew, but meanwhile, management is the key. It sounds like you are doing an awesome job with training and exercise.
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We redirected to firewood. Sounds silly, and it MAKES A MESS, but it gave them something that lasted, but was satisfying to tear apart.

Otherwise, ditto the others.
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Thanks for all of the advice given so far. Funny you say that Ruth, I heat with wood. There has been several occaions I awoke to a log in my bed. I worry he will get blockage but not much I can do about it. This dog will bringrocks in from the drive etc. We walk about 2 miles a day. Hopefully he will out grow alot of this crazy stuff. Actually he just brought abig piece of mulch in-
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Uhg, I remember when my shepherd mix (45lbs only) went through this stage when I was a kid. I lost my beloved pine cone collection, a whole host of toys, shoes, clothing in general and anything wood was in serious danger. My brothers lost so many of their toys/etc... We were terrible dog owners then - no exercise, no training after she knew the basics - you sound way more competent that we were! The good news is she did outgrow it - around age 3 she started calming down (in terms of chewing, not in need to run). And even back then, we noticed she was less likely to chew if she had a chance to run free for an hour or more. And I suspect if we had heard/listened to the great advice listed above, she would have stopped at least a year sooner. But like I said, we were clueless so it took longer
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Thanks for all of the advice given so far. Funny you say that Ruth, I heat with wood. There has been several occaions I awoke to a log in my bed. I worry he will get blockage but not much I can do about it. This dog will bringrocks in from the drive etc. We walk about 2 miles a day. Hopefully he will out grow alot of this crazy stuff. Actually he just brought abig piece of mulch in-

Neither of mine has had an issue with blockages, but I certinally can't swear yours won't. Mine EAT less of it than they just shred though, they like to pull it apart and chew on it, but don't actually swallow that much of it.
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