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    Default Still Chewing - Why?

    Just wondering why my four year old crossbreed dog still chews things like sheets, pillowslips, curtains etc. Never chewed any clothes, shoes or anything like that. She's a Border Collie cross - walks every day, on leash, for at least an hour - plays soccer, both at home and in a free leash area, been to obediance school, sits, stays, waits, comes, all of that on command. She just seems to have a thing about cotton type things - just can't resist chewing on them. Why?

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    Because it feels good, and you let her.

    Need to keep the bedroom doors closed.

    If there are curtains in other areas that you can't keep the dog out of when you're not around, you need to put something that will deter chewing on those things. Like mothballs, or a spray of eucalyptus oil and water (two drops euc oil to one litre water), etc. And you need to give her something else to do the second she starts to think about eating something cotton. And you need to be very very consistent. No getting distracted and letting your dog chew...

    And if it's possible to get her some other cotton things to chew on like mint rope toys or just cotton rope toys - let her have her things to chew and be banned from chewing anything else.

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    I tried the citronella oil - good heavens, when that gets a bit old, it smells like cat piss. Never thought to buy her the cotton toys. I'm only ever out for about 4 hours at a time - volunteer work. She's a marvellous dog the rest of the time. Just got sick of buying curtains, pillowslips, sheets, though she only ever chews the edges off them and a sewing machine is a marvellous invention. Just put a new hem on, until it's just too darned small to even do that. She loves the mint flavour - maybe a few destroyable toys with a bit of mint spray might work?

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    our cheap as chips sells mint flavoured rope toys. Otherwise I guess I'd make tea out of fresh mint (or mint teabags) and dunk them in that and allow to dry. You can also make them by platting up long strips of dead cotton jumpers or sheets. Though you might want to avoid sheet material for a while. Reject Fleecy top material makes good stuff for plaiting and fun chew/rope toys.

    Otherwise you may want to consider crate training her and putting her in the crate for when you're out. google crate training - there's heaps of info on the web.

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    Might want to read this thread as well.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-train...iji-fence.html

    I've never found citronella or lemon juice that effective for repelling my dog. Though she does not like using a lemon for fetch.

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