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Cheyennes mom 12-12-2010 04:27 PM

dog chewing...
Hey guys!
My 8 year old Shih-tzu cross Bechon Frese has never had a problem with chewing things up before. But now, she seems to be chewing up everything! Socks, presents, etc.
What could be the problem with her???

Spastic_Dove 12-12-2010 04:50 PM

Have you tried the bitter apple?

Cheyennes mom 12-12-2010 04:56 PM

What's that?

Spastic_Dove 12-12-2010 04:59 PM

Basically, you spray it on whatever she chews on and it tastes bitter so it's supposed to deter them from chewing.
Some animals it works really well for others could care less.

Grannick's Bitter Apple

NorthernMama 12-12-2010 05:31 PM

If she wasn't a chewer before, I would ask what has changed... is she more stressed due to a change in the household? (move, new person, someone moved out, change in schedules) how about feeding? perhaps her teeth are bothering her?

mbender 12-12-2010 06:36 PM

Be very careful on what she starts chewing. She can end up with clothing inside her tummy and die. I hate to be blunt but you have to make sure you start picking up things she can chew on. I agree with Northern. Something must have changed and she is reacting to that. Get her toys that you can put peanut butter or a treat in to occupy her time. Kong.
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Cheyennes mom 12-12-2010 06:48 PM

NorthernMama- As far as we know nothing has changed. That's what's knocking us off. We haven't moved after we got her, and everyone's still here. She's also suddonly found an interest in my hamster even, which she's never payed any attention to before. We haven't changed her feeding or the routine either. a little in the morning and a little at night. Once in a while we give her treats but no more than one or two milk-bones a day. the food we give her is iams weight control-the food we've been giving her since she was 4, when we got her.

smrobs 12-12-2010 07:41 PM

It wouldn't hurt to have the vet give her a once-over. There could be something wrong with her teeth (puppies who are teething will chew everything) or something wrong with her stomach. It could just be a behavioral thing or it could be a symptom of something much more serious so I think I would rule out health issues before I just treat it like a bad habit. Though until that time, it wouldn't hurt to make sure she has healthy stuff to chew; rawhide chews, toys, etc, and use the spray to deter her from chewing on stuff she shouldn't.

Cheyennes mom 12-12-2010 07:54 PM

thanks guys!
Next time I'm out I'll pick up another kong or something.
We don't get her many bones because she's so defensive about them. You can't get within 4 feet of her without her growling. I mean, she trusts me, but anyone else is a big no! Also, she wants to take it everywhere so we can't really take her on walks or anything. We're also working on her weight right now too so exercize is big for us right now.

Puddintat 12-12-2010 07:57 PM

A lot of times a dog will chew if they are bored. I would definitely have an exam done just to rule out any issues such as dental disease. However, in my experience (I am a licensed veterinary technician), I find that most dogs chew when they are not mentally stimulated. Exercise is a great way to help this problem. Another thing is to try is a kong or a toy that holds food and requires the dog to work to get the food.

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