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    Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Aidan is a major chewer of all things. I spend at least $50 a month at Best Bully Sticks. He can go through a single bully stick in 15 minutes, so I buy him extra large braided ones; they last a few days.

    I give him stuffed Kongs, bully sticks, raw beef rib bones, Himalayan chews, and treat balls. He has a lot of toys. He gets a lot of play time, exercise, and attention. He eats TOTW and plain meat that I cook for him, along with plain yogurt, cheese, and scrambled eggs. His teeth are clean and in good condition. He is healthy.

    He still chews all exposed wood on furniture, even the edges of the coffee and end tables. He'll walk past the coffee table and pause to chomp on it. He'll sit next to me on the settee and all will be well, and he'll suddenly chomp on the wooden arm. He'll be in the kitchen with me and crane his neck to chew on a bar stool leg. Most of the wood is oak, a hardwood. He is not removing pieces of wood or splinters, but he does leave behind a lot of toothmarks.

    I immediately give him something he is allowed to chew on.

    I have bought 4 kinds of spray, including Bitter Apple, and none of it fazes him. Either he likes the taste, or he will allow nothing to come between him and wood.

    When we walk in the woods, he will jump up to grab low-hanging tree branches and try to pull them off the tree. He gathers sticks that are 3'-4' long and tries to bring them in the house to chew on. Of course I don't allow him to chew on sticks.

    He will be a year old in 9 days. He has gradually gotten better -- he used to chew every piece of wood he came across, every time. Now it is less frequent and I cannot predict when he will do it. I had planned to get new living room furniture, not because of Aidan, but there is no point to doing that unless I want it to have that Early Attic look pretty quickly.

    He also tears apart cardboard boxes and papers, but he doesn't eat them. If he grabs a package that came in the mail, he can open it lickety split. I've been training him to take it to the addressee instead, and so far he does that as long as I follow him.

    I can keep boxes and papers out of his reach, but unless I suspend the furniture from the ceiling, my goose is cooked. Oddly, he does not chew on shoes unless he comes across one of my daughters dress shoes that have 3" spike heels -- he obliterates the heels, but doesn't eat any part of them. Those heels are stick-shaped, I suppose.

    Do dogs who are heavy chewers typically outgrow this propensity to gnaw on furniture?
    Aidan is a 3 year old, 50 lb., Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Our Molly is the same way, she's an 8 month old Border Collie mix. She tears up everything. She'll be fine for a while with a bully stick, a marrow bone or a deer antler, but she'll get bored and be right back at it. I'm interested to hear when other obsessive chewers started slowing down. I'm down to one pair of shoes! I keep my expensive riding boots in my car . We keep stuff up, but she's long/tall/athletic and climbs and jumps, so it's hard to keep things out of her grasp.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Wow! .......

    Leeo did this with most things but not furniture .... well .... the wooden kitchen table chair bottom runner things, whatever they are called. He loved kleenex, cardboard, socks, getting into the laundry basket, eating wreathes and the stuff on them, fuzz, crumbs, climbed chairs to get on the table to find crumbs, anything lying on the floor that did not belong there, eating stuff off of the end tables, getting into candy dishes, chewed the baseboard in the bathroom, chewed the carpet in the bathroom and hall, ... And I was actually keeping an eye on him as best I could ..... honest!!! ... some I have forgotten I am sure .... but yeah, .... at the age of 5 now .... he only does the kleenex thing when he seems upset with some of my " No " decisions. Lol!

    Actually he was about 3 years old before he really mellowed out ............ I love him anyways.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that I found that if I allowed him extra time outside to hunt for rodents it seemed to help his anxiety and he was a little better behaved. The normal every day routine and training and walks were not enough. I guess he is a high drive dog?

    Maybe Aiden and some others are missing a job they would really enjoy doing just as Leeo did .... after all Leeo is a Terrier breed ... Schnauzer/Poodle .... and a hunting breed.
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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canaqua View Post
    We keep stuff up, but she's long/tall/athletic and climbs and jumps, so it's hard to keep things out of her grasp.
    Aidan gets into everything, so we keep stuff up, too. He can stretch his body to reach just about anything. I have run out of "up" room, but the house looks clutter-free at first glance.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Abbylynn View Post
    He loved kleenex, cardboard, socks, getting into the laundry basket, eating wreathes and the stuff on them, fuzz, crumbs, climbed chairs to get on the table to find crumbs, anything lying on the floor that did not belong there, eating stuff off of the end tables, getting into candy dishes, chewed the baseboard in the bathroom, chewed the carpet in the bathroom and hall,

    Maybe Aiden and some others are missing a job they would really enjoy doing just as Leeo did .... after all Leeo is a Terrier breed ... Schnauzer/Poodle .... and a hunting breed.
    Aidan does those things too. He loves tearing up rolls of paper towels. He empties Kleenex boxes and tears up the box. I keep the de-boxed Kleenex in the napkin drawer in the dining room. My rattan baskets which used to hold books and magazines have been killed. He doesn't have a container for his toys because he would destroy it. I just toss everything on top of his crate. Last week, he took a very large and full tube of blue gel toothpaste off the bathroom counter. He did not chew on it. My husband left the bathroom door open and the cap off, and Aidan discovered that if he stepped on it, the toothpaste would come out. My bathroom looked like he stepped on it, it squirted, he picked it up and tossed it, and repeated that many times. There were no bite marks on the tube.

    He already killed one wild mouse that was in my house. Since we live in the country, it is likely his hunting skills will be needed quite a bit as winter progresses. He enlarges holes all over the yard that allegedly have animals in them. So far, all he has captured are rocks.

    I think Aidan is like Dennis the Menace on steroids. He is lucky he is cute and that I have a lot of patience and don't get angry with him.

    He doesn't chew up the carpet, but he has obliterated those foam-type kitchen mats and has had a go at every throw rug.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Generally, yes, they get over it. Muggsy ate the baseboards in the kitchen, the couch, 2 dining room chairs and the table legs. Among other things. Eventually, I discovered the mighty Kong, but really, after age 2, he wasn't much of a chewer.

    I recommend a Kong and a lot of patience.
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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    My childhood GSDs never really outgrew it. One day they just got old.

    They also weren't given enough appropriate things to chew on nor were the taught well. They even knew how to open the shed to go find themselves a chew toy(something inappropriate) du jour.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    " Dennis the Menace on steroids" ..... ROFL!!!!! The toothpaste thing is pretty smart ... you have to admit .. Lol!


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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Shambles will be 14 months this month and yesterday he ate a pair of my Oxfords. Not holding out much hope here.

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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    Mia used to chew everything. I will say at about 2 ish years it slowed down a lot. She is almost 3 now (?how did that happen?) and she still has a moment when I find out she's shredded something. But it's a lot better than it was. I still don't trust her though, lol.
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    Re: Do dogs outgrow chewing everything in sight?

    BB will be 2 next month, and she still chews. I swear if I didn't keep an eye on her we would have more damaged furniture. She does it out of frustration when I tell her no, she does not like being told no lol.

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