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Old 01-11-2008, 08:25 AM   #1
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Penny our Sheltie is now 13 months' old, so suppose she is still classed as a puppy. Any advice please how we can stop her chewing her bedding at night. At this rate she will have to sleep in a bare hard plastic bed. She doesn't swallow the stuff, but just spreads it around the floor.
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I think at 13 months Penny isn't quite a puppy anymore - but the important thing is how to get her to stop chewing. And to get to the bottom of it I think it helps to knwo why she is chewing. Is it because she is anxious about being alone, or perhaps she does not like the bedding unless she fluffls it up by shredding it? Any idea?
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:31 AM   #3
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Why not try leaving her with a kong filled with something yummy or a knuckle bone to chew on, to see if it helps. Sounds more like a worry or nervous thing. Have you had her checked to make sure there isn't anything in her mouth that migh be bothering her?

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Thanks Skunstripe and Zoran I doubt there is anything in her mouth that bothers her 'cos she doesn't chew it or anything else during the day, so am prone to think it is because she is left alone at night and has been from day one. How to stop it though - aaargh! Will have to get her something else to chew on me thinks.
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Is she doen't chew anything else but her bed, take it away from her. My Groenendael chewed her bed at night so I took it away. Now I have given it back to her and she chews nothing anymore.

But in our case it was because Ginga was about 4 month and just changing her tooth. So she wanted to chew everything.

I use to call mu dogs puppy until they are about 2 years old. But I think it depends on the breed of the dog. Some breeds just grow up mentally later.
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Penny our Sheltie is now 13 months' old, so suppose she is still classed as a puppy. Any advice please how we can stop her chewing her bedding at night. At this rate she will have to sleep in a bare hard plastic bed. She doesn't swallow the stuff, but just spreads it around the floor.
I can sypathise tith you on this one as I have had the same problem.

My borzoi chewed every form of bedding I gave him and eventually I came to the consclusion that he was not happy lying on the bedding and removed it and left him to sleep on the hard floor.
He did this till he was almost three and it was a shame cause my other boy who slept with him had to go without a soft bed too because of his pal's chewing. Now I can give them both vet bed to lie on and it stays unchewed.

He would chew it and trail it our of the kennel and the two
of them would play tug of war with the bedding till they ripped it, thought it was great fun. I spent a fortune on different beds.

Even bought one that was advertised at virtually indestructable. Lasted 20 minutes then you would have though there'd been a snow storm. LOL

So think you will just have to remove the bedding for the time being and let her sleep on the hard plastic,. I think that this is your only answer at present but sure she will grow out of it even if it takes till she is three .



Like your girl he did not chew anything else just the bedding and did not awallow it just spread it around.
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Thank you so much Crim and Borzoi - phew, glad Penny isn't the only dog that does that. Right, decision made - she will have her soft comfy bed taken away until such a time as we think she may have forgotten about the chewing habit, sounds harsh, but think that is the only answer - it's costing us a fortune!!
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Mocha chews her bedding all the time. We found that she just plain old doesn't like having bedding. When given the choice, she prefers the hard plastic.

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Perhaps that's what Penny prefers too Mojo - that's what she'll get anyway at the rate she's going.
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My son's dog Sooty used to sleep outside in a kennel, which she loved, but she wouldn't keep her bedding in the kennel. Didn't chew it up, just dragged it all over the yard.
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