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Old 06-14-2007, 09:22 AM   #1
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Hi there all,

I have two beautiful male Shiba Inus, one two years and the other six months.

The problem I am having is that the puppy has a tendency to chew through anything, and, more worrying, swallows thing that he can't digest and subsequently, can't poop. He runs around yelping in pain until i can catch him and help him poop out whatever it he's eaten.

I fear it is only a matter of time until I have to rush him to the vet to have something removed from his bowels!

He gets enough food, often leaving the bowl with food in it, (as Shibas often do) and he has plenty of toys to chew on which he doesn't ignore, but it doesn't stop him chewing and swallowing things he shouldn't.

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions how to curb him from this behaviour!

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Old 06-14-2007, 10:53 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear you are having some puppy troubles! First off, it really comes down to you allowing him to get access to those things. A puppy that age still needs constant supervision. If you have him under foot, then it's really easy to re-direct his little self to something that is okay to chew on. In fact this is the only way you will be able to show him what's acceptable and what's not. If you can't watch him at a particular moment, then I would suggest you make a spot for him to go that is puppy proofed and has some of his chew toys, like a crate or an ex-pen. How does that sound?
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I'd love to see pics of your pup. Hope you'll post some.

BoxMeIn is spot on with her advice! It sounds like you need to do some puppy proofing of your house & provide plenty of appropriate chewy toys while also supervising your pup or restricting his access.
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Hiya and welcome to the forum! Hope you enjoy your stay !
The above posters are right on.. also I heard.. somewhere , that try not to get the overwhelmed with all the toys.. like don't get alot.. then he really won't play with any..
I heard that... not sure if its true though..

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When I was a kid with my first chewing puppy; I'd just learned to read and write. My first idea to stop the chewing was to put stickers with my name on everything the pup liked to chew on. To my dismay I discovered that either the pup couldn't read or just didn't care. Nothing was sacred, even though the name on it clearly defined it as belonging to me.

From that day forward it became a habit to keep things puppies shouldn't have out of their reach, provide them with their own toys and to either supervise them constantly or confine them in a safe puppy proof play area.
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When I was a kid with my first chewing puppy; I'd just learned to read and write. My first idea to stop the chewing was to put stickers with my name on everything the pup liked to chew on. To my dismay I discovered that either the pup couldn't read or just didn't care.
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oh yea, mine does the same thing..these things seem to stop with age as mine used to real snappy and eat everything. he used to bite up all my wires and I would find them in half and pieces missing (and buying them standalone runs 18-40bucks). just yesterday I woke up to find my puppy under my bed eating a pencil..luckily he stayed away from the metal piece.

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Supervision is the key.

For the first few months of life here - all puppies are kept on a leash. This helps them learn their limits and to stay near me. If myself or someone else is not in the room - it is off limits. It also helps me from having to get up every 5 seconds to remove something from the puppies mouth.
You may find that the leash ends up being a chew toy as well, if not enough attention is paid.



When you are away or sleeping - crate training is key. Your puppy will be fine in his/her crate but WILL cry. They are just crying because they can.
Refrain from putting objects inside the crate as they will just become chew toys as well.
A good thing to put inside the crate is a stuffed kong. I make my own "stuffing" and freeze them.

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