Sorry for the long post. I've black bolded the very important pieces for anyone just skimming.
One of my Great Danes Orion who will be 4 in August has decided to start chewing again. He hasn't done that since he was 6 months old but in the past month he has destroyed my drivers side seat belt all the way through and started on the others. Yesterday we went schooling and brought my boys along. They've always ridden in the tack room and have been great just lying down and chilling until we get to our destination, until yesterday. We got to the place and out comes Orion, lung line in pieces behind him. I couldn't scold him since I didn't catch him in the act and he probably didn't remember by that time he did something wrong. When we got home we let them out took a look around and the sh*thead ate through my rubber and leather reins on my jumping bridle! I caught him with the end in his mouth, grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and pulled him out of the trailer and sat on him and screamed NO. He had the *oh crap!* look when I opened the trailer so I hope he had an idea he wasn't supposed to be doing that.
My other dane is a perfect angel doesn't chew on anything except apples, carrots, hoof trimmings and his tail (no idea why his tail). I'm in at a loss to why Orion has all of a sudden started chewing on things again. I can't leave my boys alone because they are crated and crating for more than 4 hours does not sound fun or friendly at all, I simply won't do it. My next option for him is to find a nylon/mesh muzzle for trailer rides or leaving him in the car for any amount of time. If the boys fit I have both of them in the truck with me but yesterday I had my trainer, myself and a client so no room for two giant dogs.
On the 16th I'll be hauling my horse and a friends horse down to ocean shores. We're bringing my dogs as well and cramming 5 people in the truck so of course puppies are in the tack room. My tackroom is huge, you could fit a single airbed in there and have someone sleep on the ground as well without feeling too squished, including all tack. So I can't think Orion is feeling cramped. I hate to muzzle him for that trip and I planned a lot of stops on the way to let the boys out to run around. I can't not bring him since he's a big part of the photo shoot we're attending down there.
Boyfriend and I are going to Petsmart today to get a bunch of cheap toys and a mesh muzzle. Hopefully if he ends up getting the muzzle off he'll attach the toys instead of the tack. Other than that I have no idea
What else to do! Any suggestions?
Here's the trouble chewer.
Oh and he doesn't chew on anything at home! Not even the toys he's offered!