Well, I need help folks.. or at least I'd like to hear other stories.. I'm getting worried.
I got a (mostly) red heeler from a rescue shelter. He's about a year and a half old, and jumps like a kangaroo, could probably do some awesome frisbee tricks if i could train him good.
Now, I've only had him a few days (since Friday)... He has to stay outside all the time.. at least for now.. he's just not behaved enough to be inside with the 3 cats and my 2yr old son. Plus, the rescue shelter told me they had him inside for a few days (don't remember why) and he really didn't like it. He likes being outside. He's on a 20' tie-out.. I take him for a daily romp around the yard and walk down the street and I do some clicker training with him.
So here's the problem, he chews EVERYTHING.. EVERRRRYTHING. Day 1, he chewed the pull cord off the lawn mower. Day 2, he chewed the baby's inch worm ride toy, Ok.. so DUH, I figure I need to move everything out of his reach. So all he has is his House, his water bucket, a few rawhide bones, etc.. Well today I get home and he had destroyed his water bucket, destroyed it.. probably in 10 big slices laying around the yard. Ok.. I can get a metal water dish for him.. but then I found a piece off of our heat pump. Not cool. I don't care about buckets, toys, etc.. but when it comes to expensive household machinery, that's where I draw the line.
Now, I'm not going to keep him on a 20' tie out forever, That's not OK in my book. I should be able to finish the invisible fence installation this weekend and then training for that will start. I'm just afraid that once he has full run of the place that nothing will be safe. Now maybe he's just bored with nothing to do all day in his little 40' area, I understand that, or maybe he's just not used to his new setting yet and he's nervous or something..
I just can't have a dog that is going to chew on everything he can wrap his teeth around. Is this something that can be "fixed"? Will it go away on its own? I really want to keep him, I'm already attached to him, but I just can't have this kind of behavior, If he were to really damage something like the heat pump that would be bad if the repairs were expensive.. times, they are tight.
What are your opinions? I got him from a rescue shelter who said we can bring him back if we need to, I don't want to do that.. not really, but if I think it is going to come to that I would rather do it sooner than later.
Just don't know what I should do.. any advice, similar stories, etc.. would be appreciated.
Edit: BTW, I searched and didn't really find much similar to this, saw other stuff about puppies biting people, etc.. but nothing about a dog that just wants to chew on everything. if I've missed something please share links, but I'd still like to hear stuff from other dog owners on this subject.