How do I get my dog to stop chewing stuff?
While my dog is home alone she chews and destroys rugs, bookshelves and my couch. I'm not talking just a little bit, she literally chewed my couch apart. She used to have separation anxiety as a puppy, but she is now 11 years old. Is caging her the only option?
Give him things that are ok to chew. Dogs have a natural instinct to chew, if it's a puppy then they chew more than usual because they are teething and getting ready for their adult teeth. I am a huge fan of the Galileo bone by Nylabone. This is my dog's favorite toy and it takes him forever to wear down enough to need to be replaced. Check it out on their website. http://www.nylabone.com/product-finder/ … o-bone.htm
It's probably a good option at this point. Some dogs regress and become more fearful as they get older, and she may feel safer and happier in a crate. This way, you won't come home to a disaster, and understandably, you would feel angry with her.
Are you familiar with Kongs? They are a tough toy that can be stuffed with kibble/peanut butter or similar things. Consider fixing up a Kong -- or a similar toy -- and putting that in with your dog when you need to crate her. Be sure the toy has openings on both ends. If it is open on just one end, it may cause a suction with the dog's tongue, and the tongue can swell and suffocate the dog.
One note about using something like peanut butter that the dog needs to lick, licking tends to be very calming for dogs.
You could also try DAP - dog appeasing pheromone, as that calms some dogs also.
Sounds like she has separation anxiety again. I recommend you first take her for a veterinary exam to rule out any medical issues and then consult a knowledgeable reward-based, force-free positive reinforcement trainer who can advise you in how to manage the separation anxiety. You can read my hub about chewing, but I think this is not ordinary chewing: http://dubuquedogtrainer.hubpages.com/h … nd-Chewing
I used to spray vinegar on things to make the dog not want to chew on them, but that is definitely separation anxiety and cages will be the only thing to stop her at that age.
I was able to get my boxer to quit chewing on things after I rubbed some hot sauce (had to use habanero to get her to stop boxers are very stubborn) on the things she kept chewing on.
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