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Hello all!

I have a 2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog and never had an issue since day one when he was a puppy. We decided to get him a friend, apparently this was a mistake, kind-of. We got an Anatolian Shepard/Great Pyrenees Mix puppy. He is about 6 months old now. Recently, he has started to chew wood. It appears he only does this when we're not home. I have read about bordom and teething. I was just looking for any other suggestions. He is crated at night since we can't fully trust him alone yet. I know some may suggest to crate him during the day when we're not there, this is a problem for us. There are three days that no one is home for a significant amount of time, about 8 hours or more. But, we have a very large fenced in area for the dogs with a doggie door into our enclosed porch that has an air conditioner and a bed and large bowl of water. They have a great setup for the two of them while we're gone. There is no one nearby to let him out often if I crate him, also, I don't think it is fair with the setup we have to not let him be out there. I've used the bitter spray, that seems to work for a bit but he finds another door frame to chew. We have tried the hot sauce, that doesn't seem to work at all. I've taped all the door frames with duct tape last night, we're waiting to see how that works. I've also tried getting a toy that they have to work at to get the treats out of, and only give it to him when we're leaving, not when we're home, doesn't seem to do the trick. We're leaving many toys out for him. We're going to try and really fill a bone with peanut butter, but for us to be gone for that amount of time, I just think he gets bored. He has all his adult teeth in but I know they can teeth for up to 8 months or so.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Do most grow out of this stage??
 

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I agree, crate him. All my dogs were crated for 9 hours a day till they were about 5. They couldn't be trusted not to tear stuff up. Now they have their own dog proof room, but when fosters come they stay crated in the room while the other dogs are out. You just never know what could happen.
 

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Google "Rap Last". It's an anti chew spray for horses. I guarantee he won't chew areas that's on. Don't get it on fabric/carpet as it will stain. You might want to put an EX pen so it is inside the door, but away from baseboards. Dog can get in, and only the door frame will be exposed, and need to be sprayed.
 

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if you're not around, you will need to confine the dog to a small area or crate him until he learns to stop. Get a play pen of some kind and give them more toys, also rotate toys so he doesn't get bored.
 

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I didn't really think of the pen that I could put in the inside porch and block off the walls and doors and just give him access to the door to the outside. This may work! I will also look into Rap Last. Thanks!
 

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Confine and keep him supplied with bullies, pig ears, cow ears, kongs and anything that he can chew on when he wants to chew. Teaching a puppy to chew on acceptable things is very easy. You have to keep them supplied with the appropriate things to chew 24/7, not just when you remember to buy something while out shopping. Chewing for my dogs is what TV is for me, a way to relax. My dogs favorite is the bullie stick. There is nothing in the world they would rather chew.
 
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