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    06-06-2011, 06:39 PM
Angry My 3 year old dane turned 3 months again! grrrr

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!
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    06-06-2011, 06:59 PM
First I just have to say I love danes, my guy and I hope to be getting one in about a year or so! Orion is so handsome!

Secondly, I've never heard of a dog basically reverting back to puppyhood and chewing again after years of not chewing. Sorry I'm no help there! The muzzle sounds like a fair solution, but have you also thought about maybe a kong type toy? You know the rubber cone type things you fill with something yummy? I make cheap ones out of water bottles and peanut butter for my girl but I know KONG makes huge dane sized toys and their own brand of filling. Also, what about freezing something yummy so he has to chew it to finish it? I know those who feed raw often freeze some things as toys....maybe try a frozen cooked hamburger patty or something? If you have a moment to stop and check horses you could check on him and see how the muzzle is going, if it's ripped off (and possibly chewed) give him the kong/long lasting yummy chew thing? Or of course vice versa.

Good Luck!
    06-06-2011, 07:06 PM
He has three Kongs and even with peanut butter and treats in them he ignores them.
The freezing idea might work and that's a really good idea too! I'm going to ask my trainer to gather up the hoof trimmings from the barn as well and see if that'll help.
I'm bringing his kong toys along and I'll pick up filling for them today as well to see if that'll give him any interest.
    06-06-2011, 07:09 PM
Not a whole lot you can do when he ignores things :( I would pick up something other then PB, maybe he's just bored with it? Hoof trimmings is a good idea too!
    06-06-2011, 07:12 PM
I just looked on the petsmart website and there's a bunch of different filling flavors and I think I saw bull sticks too. So those are the shopping list.
I'm getting a tooth brush for him to see if his teeth might just need a cleaning as well and when we go I'll let him pick out his toys. Anything to save my tack.
    06-06-2011, 07:48 PM
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If the tack room is large, why not crate him IN the tack room? It's not like a tack room gives them much more room to move then a crate, and he'd still be let out to play and when you get to your destination.
    06-06-2011, 07:49 PM
Ok once again MM you make a great point!
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    06-06-2011, 08:05 PM
Thought of that, and we tried once heading for a show. The crate won't fit through the door put together and It's a HUGE crate. 48L x 38w x52H and takes the size of a 12x12 stall to put together so I wouldn't be able to get it in there. I can take a picture of it getting put together so its better understood. We have put the crate in the back of the trailer before to go to shows but this time there's no room back there with a full trailer. I was thinking of the back of the truck too but it won't fit once again with 2 three strand hay bales and the suitcases and costume cases for 5 people. He is being difficult with his bigness. Love him but I hate this.
So I have room for the crate in the tackroom just no way of getting it in there.
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    06-06-2011, 08:20 PM
Here's a picture of it in the back of the horse trailer. It's a custom 7'6 tall 7'2 side 3 horse slant with extra wide dividers. The width of the trailer is too small to put the crate together so we put it together in the barn aisle way and that is 12 feet wide, we were still scraping the stall doors folding the sides up. It's a pretty ridiculous crate to put together but anything smaller won't fit the big boys.
It has 4 side panels that make up the sides, two bottom panels, one top, a front and a back panel. I don't see why they couldn't have just made one panel for one side but nope, 2 for one and 2 for the other. And why two for the bottom! That's a waste of metal.
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    06-07-2011, 03:44 PM
Hmm. Maybe he is starting to get car/trailer sickness? Was there a certain incident that happened to him when he was in your vehicle or trailer that scared him? He might be relieving his anxiety by starting to chew on things whenever in the car or trailer.

Has he been getting enough good quality exercise lately? He could be bored and agitated so he's picked up chewing on things.
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