My 9 month old lab loves to chew and put every or anything in his mouth. I have two kongs plus a lot of rubber toys that he likes playing with but he has chewed through 4 fence posts our walls a couple months ago. I walk him daily and try to keep him active because a tired puppy is a happy dog. Anyone have advice or has experienced the same thing?
How is he chewing these things without anyone noticing?! If you are unable to supervise your puppy it would be best to keep him in a crate for his own safety. Intestinal obstructions are extremely dangerous not to mention very expensive.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
How many walks a day does he get? Any off leash running & playing? A crate would be best if he isn't supervised as Tammy said it can be a matter of safety.
For some Labs it takes more than just tiring them out, he could have separation anxiety. How long is left alone for? Make sure you don't make a big deal when leaving or coming home as that induces anxiety in most dogs.
walks are not exercise (unless they are offleash walks where they run around) for a young lab.
he needs to be crated when you are away, supervised more properly when you are home and not left outside unattended.
keep his mind tired by training daily or playing brain games (hide and seek, going to classes, etc.) and physically tired with plenty of physical exercise daily. make sure he has plenty of appropriate chew toys, but do not leave them out all teh time, keep 2 or 3 out, then hide the rest, and rotate. this way they keep their value.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I would suggest keeping him in his crate ANYTIME you are not supervising him. Our dog has destroyed many things, but we've learned to take advantage of his crate when we're getting ready for work, showering, etc. and can't keep a close eye on him. We never leave him unsupervised in the yard either. Also, baby gates are very helpful to keep them confined to one room....we use ours ALL the time!
an alternative to crating if you are in the house is to tether him (tie him) to you so he moves with you as you go about your business. Or baby gate him in teh same room as you are.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I'm going to assume this fence post chewing was outdoors and he was not supervised. Was he out there for a long time? Sounds like he's bored to me.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
A puppy isn't born knowing what they are not allowed to chew. They don't know the difference between chewing a toy or the fence post. You must correct them when they are in the act of chewing something inappropriate. After you discover what he had chewed, it's too late to correct. As everyone has suggested, careful supervision is necessary until he learns what is off limits.
One walk over a mile on leash. We do training daily about 4 hours and constant play thru out the day and goes to a dog park on the weekends. I'm home with him thru out the day and he even goes with us when were out.
Kassa chewed wood and as you say happens in a few moments. It is so easy to run inside to grab the phone and pooof..out door chair leg chewed. For the indoor and outdoor furniture I put chillie powder around them.I didn't let her see me doing it and wasn't around when she went to take a bite then backed off. The more I kept her mentally active the better she was.
I taught her to get my slippers, find things like toys. I put a treat into a stuffy which made it a little easier at first. Did this with Erns and he loves it. Another one is which hand is the treat in. The have to sniff it so say sniff and tap my hand. Problem with all this they can sniff food a mile away and get into visitors bags. oops. lol.
I redirected if it was a negative behaviour and taught drop and leave. They soon get the idea.Each dog is different so work out what suits you and your dog and stick with that.
We still have baby gates for Ernie as he can't help himself and chews.