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I have a terrier mix I adopted from a shelter who is well-behaved overall, but seems to have some serious anxiety and chewing problems. For some reason she loves chewing on random things like pens, blankets, plastic, etc. Most things I can keep out of her reach but it's extremely difficult to keep her away from any blankets, especially when I'm sleeping (she does sleep with me). I give her toys all the time but she will play with them for a few and then try to find something else to chew on instead. Anyone have any ideas on what I could do? I don't know if the chewing is an anxiety thing because she always has to be right next to me, and she's extremely protective of her things from my other dog, even if he doesn't go near her. She'll even find rocks or pieces of paper and acts like its her best friend for hours. Thanks for any help!
 

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How old is she? Older than 8 months? If she's younger than that, she's likely teething and needs to chew to relieve pain - and puppies generally love to chew anything and everything. If she's older, and has anxiety, the first thing you need to ask yourself is, is she getting enough exercise? (My Bichon is 10 months old, and she gets to go out for at least an hour a day - 45 minute walk coupled with a trip to the park to play with some dogs. She also gets another 15-30 minute walk before bed) - Terriers tend to be higher energy than Bichons, so she may need even more than that. If she gets plenty of exercise, you might want to see what causes the "anxiety" - what are the circumstances that surround her anxious chewing? New people in the house? You leaving? Certain weather? Having a really predictable routine/schedule is very important for dogs, particularly if they tend to be anxious. Like children, they need to know what is going to happen next, and if you change the routine, it can be stressful.

Implement a lot of training throughout the day so your dog has something to focus on/work towards.

Try to make other chew items more desirable by rubbing peanut butter on them, or when she is chewing an appropriate toy, give her treats! If she's chewing something inappropriate, again, try your best to manage by not having those things around (even if it means her not sleeping on your bed), but do show her what she should be chewing instead of the blanket by redirecting her to you, and then presenting the chew toy.

Hope this helps :(
 

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One of my dogs, Abby, tends to "chew" on blankets, too. It's a self soothing activity to her, as she does it in the evening, usually, or at night, when we are settling down and having quiet time.

We give her her own blankets. We just buy some inexpensive fleece blankets (her favorite), so she can cuddle up with one whenever she wants to. We usually cut and hem the blankets into smaller pieces, as she's a small dog and doesn't need a full size one. Actually, we started giving our dogs blankets because they are "diggers" too, a mini dachshund and dachshund-chihuahua mix. They are known for digging underground to go after badgers and other rodents, so digging is a favorite activity, and they like to dig and nest around in comfy blankets in the evening.
So, we put blankets in their favorite spots and let them chew and dig away. They never actually eat them, or even bite pieces off, they just chew on it.
 
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