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Old 09-18-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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my 5 month old bull mastiff x ridgeback, still has the problem of chewing up stuff. he has heaps of toys around the yard to play with, he goes on after noon walks when we get home from work. i give him bones to chew an yet he still chews on things. i put things out of the way an he still manages to pull them down an chew them up.

he is by him self, part from the two cats that we have. i have been thinking that maybe buying another dog or puppy would help keep him from chewing.

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Chewing is part of having a puppy, puppies chew.
No, I don't think getting another puppy would stop him doing this. Then you'd have 2 doing it.
My 8 m/o border collie pup still chews things up. They are puppies. Having all his toys lying around the yard won't help. It's usually something new that they take an interest in. Only have a few toys down at a time, then after a few days take them up & replace with a few more. You have to be more vigilant & not leave him alone where he can get your things. Close the doors to the rooms you don't want him in.
Has he been to puppy pre school? Is he enrolled in an obedience class? Teach him the leave it command.http://www.dog-obedience-training-re.../leave-it.html
Give him a large meaty bone to chew on. Stuff his dinner in a kong & freeze it. If you are going out, scatter his dinner around the backyard. That way it will take him quite a while to find it instead of woofing it down from a bowl.
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hey everyone

my 5 month old bull mastiff x ridgeback, still has the problem of chewing up stuff. he has heaps of toys around the yard to play with, he goes on after noon walks when we get home from work. i give him bones to chew an yet he still chews on things. i put things out of the way an he still manages to pull them down an chew them up.

he is by him self, part from the two cats that we have. i have been thinking that maybe buying another dog or puppy would help keep him from chewing.

thanks
Another dog or puppy right now will just magnify your problems. Two would more than double your troubles! It's normal for a puppy of this age to be chewing and investigating when left unsupervised. The only realistic solution would be to confine him to an area where he can't get at anything he shouldn't; or to put the things you don't want him to chew completely out of his reach.
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Very good advice from April and applesmom!
Another thing you might try is to have a toy box for him. We use a laundry basket and put the dog toys in there. They understand that if it is in the basket, they are allowed to take it out and play with it or chew on it, but everything else is off limits. You can try this by putting his toys in the basket and then like April said, keep an eye on him. When he is about to chew on something he shouldn't, take it away and lead him to his toy box, give him something from there and praise him when he starts to chew on it.
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I agree with all of the above, I was very lucky with my puppies, their chewing was minimal... I don't know if this will work as I'm not sure what exactly he is taking to chew but perhaps find a taste that he doesn't like and put in the places he chews? Meg had a thing for our kitchen door frame! We tried dog repellant and other animal specific things to try and stop her... she enjoyed the taste of all of them Then we discovered she HATED lemons so we rubbed some lemon juice on the door frame - she stopped pretty quickly after that.
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My cocker spaniel was at her worst for chewing between 4-6 months! She was still teething at that stage and learning how to use her great big grown up gnashers.
She pulled up the carpet in the kitchen where she slept and ate the foam backing of of it! She also liked shoes (and as I'm a bit of a shoe hoarder it was most upsetting)

He's going to want to chew, so provide lots of alternatives and encourage these. If it's a problem when you go out, maybe leave 'special' things like a stuffed kong to occupy him only at those times, but just make sure not to leave any choking hazards.
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thanks for all ur feed back. i will give them all a try an see how things go. thanks heaps

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