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Old 01-18-2013, 01:57 AM
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I hate to sound stupid but it has been a very long time since I have had a puppy. All if a sudden Barney is chewing everything - even furniture! He has ruined an ottoman and a basket in a matter of about 20 minutes while I showered and started dinner. He is going to be a year old in March. He lost 2 puppy teeth that I saw in August. I haven't seen one since then. Could he be teething? Thanks for any advice.


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Old 01-18-2013, 05:16 AM
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If he isn't teething (I have never had a puppy through adulthood cant help with that) then has anything at all changed in your life or routine?

My Douglas started pooping in rooms when I was unable to walk him, probably because he had pent up energy and that was his way of expressing annoyance. Your wee one might need more walks and more chew toys.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:03 AM
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Hiya & welcome. Have you taken him to the vet to have his teeth looked at? All of mine needed at least 4 removed and one boy even needed x 10 removed - all before they were 1yo.

I'd get lots of chews such as cow hooves, bully sticks, deer antlers and those whizzy-bang Yak Milk/Cheese chew thingies you can get over there and you'll probably find he'll be so happy he won't touch things he's not supposed to ever again. Plz avoid rawhide chews, they can be very dangerous. Also raw meaty bones or chicken wing tips are fabulous for the health, teeth and boredom.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:35 AM
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I have a wooden filing cabinet that has been properly chewed and destroyed by my 3.
Its so hard to believe that such little things can cause so much damage LOL!
Prada was also an avid wire chewer when she was younger which was very dangerous.
There are a couple of things I did that stopped the behaviour
I used bitter apple spray on everything, had plenty of chew toys lying around (mine particularly like nylabones), exercised them more to get out al that energy and the most important thing was to keep an eye out on them and make a loud sound by clapping an saying NO when they chewed something they shouldn't and praised them when they chewed their toys.
It takes a while but it does go away
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:06 PM
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From my experiences with dogs in general, one year old is still pretty young! I find that by 2 they have matured. Angel didn't chew much on furniture, etc., but my golden, on the other hand, chewed the corners of just about every piece of furniture!! Including the corners of a thousand dollar bed that was brand new!

If Angel cannot be supervised, he is in his crate! He's 2 now and doesn't chew things anymore, but the crate is for his safety more than anything. It only takes a second, and one time for them to jump off a piece of furniture and get hurt! a little paranoid, maybe, but I hate seeing them get hurt. And on an overall basis, he isn't crated much at all!!

Lots of chew toys and exercise is key. Maybe you can confine him while you shower!
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:43 PM
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I would get his teeth checked out. He may have retained baby teeth that are bothering him and he's chewing to try and get rid of them, or alleviate the discomfort.

Jazz had a double row of several upper teeth when she was young. Her permanent teeth came in right next to several of the baby teeth. Coincidentally she was also chewing on everything. I scheduled her for a dental, had the teeth removed and the gunk that had accumulated in between the teeth scrubbed and cleaned off, and voila! No more chewing.
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I inquired about this when my oldest 2 were quite a bit younger. I learned of the mystery Chi chewing that can crop up between 8 and 10 months even if the dog had never chewed before. Happened with 2 of mine. Here is another thread on the topic:
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I wish I could get mine to chew!! Lol Paid a lot of money for some tripe chewies, even dipped one end in sausage grease from breakfast & she won't chew it, but she'll hide it & attack my daughters if they get too close to it!!
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