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post #1 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Destructive chewing. Grr.

My Newfie mix puppy, Link, is now a year old, but he has yet to grow out of that puppy chewing. The problem is that he is a power chewer. He destroyed several chew toys, he has chewed on some very expensive books (which put me in a huge debt with my sister) and objects with huge sentimental value, he somehow even managed to destroy a muzzle that he had been wearing at the time (he's dog aggressive to boot). He's driving me crazy!

Mostly, I'm just ranting. I'm not looking for advice necessarily, I know I need to puppy proof the house (which will be difficult, since he's a good 66 lbs now, 23" at the withers, and very strong), I need to get him more exercise, and I need to find toys that he won't obliterate within a day. However, if there's something else that I can do to help him stop chewing, that would be great.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 11:46 AM
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I don't know if you've tried this but I got a big, thick, marrow filled cowbone. I had two power chewers who ate anything and everything (one still does lol) but it took them at least a month to get through that bone! Good luck! Don't you just love puppy proofing?
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Is he crate trained? When I was a kid we had a very destructive puppy (ripped up the entire inside of a car in 10 minutes at most as well as many other things) and crate training was what saved us eventually.

I recently got a 2 1/2 year old shepherd who I believe was an outdoor dog before I got her and she ate several things before we decided to crate her when we were gone. Now she is much more trustworthy and while I wouldn't leave her out while we are truly gone from the house, I can spend hours outside with her in and not have her chew on anything. She is also a power chewer and I've found that the black Kongs (has to be black because they are the toughest) stand up for a while. She's had her current one over a month and hasn't made a significant dent in it yet.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 12:30 PM
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This is one reason I dread getting a new puppy.

If you cannot supervise him put him somewhere that he cannot destroy anything. Lock him in a mud room, crate, bathroom. Anything that "dog proof".

Plenty of exercise. I bet the chewing comes from excess boredom, stress, energy, etc. Exercise will relieve that.

Also try leaving tempting things around while you watch him. If he goes for it immediately correct him and replace it with something appropriate.
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice everyone!

He tore up the plastic tray and bedding in his old crate before he outgrew it. I can try crate training him again, but I'll need to find something sturdier than the one that I had.

I'm having to be creative with exercising him, since everyone in my neighborhood has a dog, and often I'll see one or two running loose (as I mentioned, he's dog aggressive and has obliterated his muzzle). Luckily, we have a securely fenced backyard, so I just need some games and stuff that can wear him out. My trainer also suggested a treadmill, but I can't really afford that right now.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 01:52 PM
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Try good ol' craigslist!!

You may want to also enlist the help of a professional before he is double this size. Dealing with a dog who is disobedient, aggressive and destructive isn't going to be fun! My rottie wasn't mean, but more like a PITA he liked to mouth people playfully and bark at you and run away thanks to the people who owned him for the first 6 months of his life. We enlisted professional help because there was no way we could have a 130 lbs dog doing this. Especially since he actually weighed more then my sister! It was the BEST money we ever spent. In a very short time he was able to be off leash, quit the mouthing, and all the other annoying little habits he had. It was SO worth it!
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Craigslist works. I'll see what I can find.

I have a professional trainer who is helping me through some of his issues. Following her instructions has already made my life and his so much easier.
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Good!! I'd say it vastly improved my dogs quality of life. Good luck with him! :)
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 05:49 PM
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I used to take my St. B pup out on a leash to where he could go off leash. He was one pooped puppy when he got home. Did this twice daily and he was content to snooze during most of his home time.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-16-2013, 06:03 PM
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We have an anti crib paste out here. Bright orange, you just wipe it on. Tastes horrific! I used it for mine, and gave it to others too. Stopped the chewing.
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