How do I get my dog to stop chewing the fence and house.?

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He is home during the day alone, but in the evening we play with him for 2 hours. On the weekends we are always out with him in the yard. He gets alot of attention. If he does not stop chewing up the outside of our rent home, he will have to go. We will have to find another home for him. We love him, but can not afford the damage any more. He is 8 months old.

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    17 Responses to “How do I get my dog to stop chewing the fence and house.?”

    1. Positrainer says:

      This has to do with his AGE!!!! Young adolescent dogs MUST chew to properly set their adult teeth into their jawbones. So, the proper thing to do is supervise or crate your pup when you cannot watch him directly, make sure he has plenty of exercise (and training – it’s mental exercise and helps tire the dog), and give him appropriate chew objects (stuffed Kong toy, raw marrow bones, or the sterilized bones from the pet store with a bit of peanut butter inside). Once he’s through this “second chewing stage” things will gradually get better and you will have a great pup again, so don’t give up on him. Instead, use management, prevention, and training – and NOT punishment – remember this is a normal stage for dogs to go through.

    2. gel says:

      hi,

      Like many undesirable canine behaviors, destructive habits usually develop because a dog is bored, lonely, or both. It’s not fair or realistic to expect your dog–especially a working breed –to spend long hours quietly sitting and waiting for your return. By nature dogs are curious and sentient beings; see that she has enough mental and physical stimulation to minimize the impulse to dig and chew.
      here’s a treatment:
      http://dogtime.com/chewing-digging-behavior.html

      hope this helps.

    3. applerain says:

      buy a "no chew" bitter solution to spray on the furniture. They works very well. It is so bitter that i have to wash my mouth many times to get the taste off. Next time the dog smell it, they won’t even bite it anymore.

      I can see my dog jumping when he bite my bitter wire and stare at me for my good work. But, beware, he might come back and bite you if he know you are causing that.

      My boy don’t bite wire or furniture now after the bitter encounter.

    4. Belluccr says:

      Your puppy s teething phase can be intense and frustrating. Puppies begin teething around 4 months of age. And they will chew obsessively until they re around 7 months of age. Puppies chew to relieve pain and boredom. Here are some tips to help you both through this frustrating phase. Give your puppy plenty of chew toys. Rope bones and Nylabone products are great for teething puppies. They are durable and safe. Be sure to get the right size chew toy for your puppy. If it is too small, he may choke on it. When in doubt, buy the larger toy.

    5. Terry says:

      There are anti deer products with hot pepper and other nasty things in them. You can try spraying the areas he is chewing on with that. Also, perhaps you can experiment around with other things…a 2×4, rawhide bones, etc. and maybe he will really, really get into chewing one of those and stop chewing the house. And, of course, go out in the yard with him and when he starts chewing something inappropriate, scold him. Good luck!

    6. rockstar[6 July 2009!] says:

      Invest in a crate. While he’s alone, crate him.

      If you want him to stop completely, invest in obedience classes. The pup chews because 1)he’s a puppy and 2) you haven’t trained him not to chew.

      If you want a temporary solution, try spraying vinegar wherever you don’t want him chewing. The taste will deter him without causing health problems.

    7. Josh says:

      slap it in the face really hard next time it does it. i guarantee it wont do it again.

    8. Nic B says:

      Put VERY hot sauce where he bites. After a few tastes, he’ll stop for sure.

    9. Ryan says:

      Call Cesar Milan

    10. walking lady RIP Tom says:

      Please do find a good home for him. An 8 month old puppy who’s alone for all except 2 hours a day isn’t getting nearly enough attention, exercise or training. He’s bored out of his mind, frustrated and lonely. He needs a home with people who have time for him.

    11. Ralph C says:

      Put pepper spray anywhere you don’t want the dog to chew.

    12. Kelsey Ann says:

      paint the fence with something that doesn’t taste good so he stops.

    13. Dave says:

      lemon juice, dont use too much dogs can start to use it

    14. R says:

      Sniff his butt, they like that.

    15. Eric says:

      Get him a huge bone to chew on.

    16. Goddess of Ghost says:

      you to divorce him PRONTO

      your friend <3 me

    17. sdalek2001 says:

      1) You might want to crate train your dog. If left alone for extended periods of time, giving him a "safe" place to stay where he can’t hurt himself or other things might be helpful. We’ve crate trained our dog for her own protection. It’s done several things for us: she has a place to stay when we are not home so she doesn’t get into things that she’s not supposed, it made it easier to house-break her – dogs try to avoid making a mess where they live, she has a "safe" place to go when she feels threatened – we treat it as her private place, we don’t go into it or pull her from it regardless, and she’s learned to go into it when we give her the command to "go home" for when we have strangers over or need her out from under foot.

      2) You probably aren’t spending enough time with your dog to proper socialized and train it. Two hours a day during the week may not be enough interaction time to properly train/supervise/socialize your dog.

      3) You could contact your local dog behaviorist to get pointers on how to teach your dog what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t. The local pet shelter, animal rescue, or pet store may be able to point you to someone who can help. Don’t use negative reinforcement as that can do more harm than good and might even reinforce negative behaviors.

      4) Get age and breed appropriate toys and, using proper teaching methods, train your dog what is appropriate to chew on and what isn’t. This will take time and repetition.

      5) Make the time that you do spend with your dog quality time. Enrich the environment by giving puzzle toys that have treats in them so that your dog isn’t bored. Maybe hide treats in the yard to give him something to do. You’ll need to research and see what things work best for the breed that you have.

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