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    so sick of going outside to find more things chewed.

    the rotties lost their sleep inside privileges when one night they chewed the skirting boards, treadmill cord, couch, bra and shoes. they had been sleeping inside for months without an issue and one night they just went to town.

    then they were shifted to kennel on our veranda and we soon noticed our brand new outdoor chairs, brooms, chewed

    they have ripped up 3 mats / beds and now have to sleep on the wood floor of the kennel or in the grass (i feel cruel doing this but am scared of consequences of ingesting fluff) i know large breeds can get pressure sores from sleeping on hard surfaces im scared of this but what can i do?

    they had heaps of toys that have been eaten including a knotted rope toy which lily passed a 30cm piece of rope. im at the point now that they get locked out in the large portion of our back yard that has their kennel and bowls and clam shell pool (which are all chewed)
    they have chewed cricket and baseballs to bits
    pretty much anything that enters our back yard gets tasted/ eaten

    they are walked for at least 1.5 hours a day and we play with them and fetch every day to try burn some more energy

    i feel bad for them not having a bed and the only toys that have survived are 2 kongs and somehow a tennis ball thats harleys fav.

    they get out for free off lead runs with other dogs about once a week.

    does anyone have or has had these issues and know any ways to combat this.

    thaught getting a second rotty while harley was young would stop the boredom , now just twice the trouble lol

    but i love them, right now they are sprawled out accross lounge room floor sleeping like angels.

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    I usually have about three to four dogs at one time, mostly newfs and we used to have working Kelpies. All indoor dogs and often left inside when we were out to work. We now also have a Border cross Golden, since she was five weeks (rescue) and two newfs. I have never had a problem with chewing and the only thing I think I do very different is that I am an avid RAW bone feeder.
    Our dogs have bones from the day they come home, Tessa at five weeks and most pups at eight. I have owned my own dogs since 1977 and never have i had problem feeding RAW bones. I feed them at least every second day. Our dog have beautiful teeth till the age of fifteen and no chewing issues. Our dogs also have toys.
    the only thing Katy might chew occasionally (15 month newfie pup) is paper out of the waste paper basket under the desk, she loves shredding one piece of paper into confetti.
    I do a lot of walking and also training with my dogs, all positive, but i think it is mainly the bones
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    i used to feed them raw bones all the time, the big ones (cow legs i think) but one day i found harley with a massively swollen mouth, after trip to the vet and cortisone shot, we realised that he was allergic to something, the second time he had a reaction we found him eating a bone covered in small ants, i know they are probably unlikely to do damage but i mean the bone was covered until it was black with the little buggers.
    since then they havnt had a bone and hasnt had a reaction. but they were chewing all the time when they were having bones.\\

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    I dunno, Newfsie... I feed raw bones every day, too. I have one voracious chewer, and one tunnel digger! Villain, my chewer, cannot be left alone with things that should not be, well, chewed! With the SINGLE exception of HIS bedding which is safe. Flirtt's bedding, however, is fair game. I spend an awful lot of time either Villain proofing, putting things away, or redesigning spaces at my place to deal with Mr Chew It. (Flirtt's tunnelling is a doddle by comparison!). Villain took about 5 minutes to obliterate a black kong, maybe 15 mins to reduce a couch to splinters. Last week he ate his RT collar ( crushed the electronics ) when my mom accidentally left it in his crate. I have purchased a couple of toys which have withstood his chewing, but they don't stop him if I am not vigilant..., this is a dog who walks 2-3 hours a day, trains and plays, has Flirtty for company, swims, treadmills and comes to work regularly. And he is almost 3. I've done diversion, distraction, and kept him busy until we both dropped from exhaustion... Until I find something else to try, I'm going with the Villain proofing...

    Dunno if that helped, Tessa, but you are not alone!

    ETA: If I pick things up and put them on a table or counter he will not touch. But it hard to do that with lawn furniture etc. Seems like he thinks if I leave it he can have it.... I find exercise pens awfully good for 'fencing off areas' like in my living room....
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    We used to have a staffy/boxer x who was a chronis chewer.

    It didnt matter what you did, he chewed everything. He got a new water bucket every couple of weeks. We got him an old couch for a bed in the shed and within a couple of weeks he had destroyed it so all the stuffing was gone and it was just springs. He chewed EVERYTHING...he was 6 when he died and he was still chewing everything.

    Barney was a chewer as a pup but now as an adult, he chews nothing unless it is something he is allowed. Pippi on the other hand will chew anything if she thinks you are not looking. She always does a sneaky check to see what you are up to when she finds soemthing she wants to chew. If she thinks you are watching she will leave it, but if she thinks you arent paying attention she will grab it and chew it LOL. So she knows she isnt meant to chew certain stuff, but she just cant help herself. I think its the terrier in her, shes a digger too (this all sound sterrible, here I am talking in the old peoples home thread about how shes placid as etc, yet she is a little "destroyer" lol.

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    I never let my dog chew anything in the way of furniture. My Ugg boots have suffered, and one pair of croc sandals. She's never pulled the washing off the line either. Each time she's thought about it, I've given her a jet of water - nearby or at her. I used to carry a pump up squirty with me when I went to hang the washing. And since I dosed her with salt water to get her to vomit up peg - she hasn't chewed one of those either.

    Vics vapour rub is good for stopping the initial sniff before chewing commences. But you do have to re-apply as the effectiveness evapourates. My dog also likes chewing on sticks and there seems to be no ill effect for her - so there are always a few sticks around - usually in a pile but she unmakes the pile from time to time. And from time to time I put a new stick in the pile (usually bits of gum tree from the neighbours).

    There is also such a thing as a nylex dentabone - ie a plastic bone. You can boil it up in stock to give it flavour - dog occasionally chews on one of those.

    I can't give her real bones because she can't digest them comfortably, it's either vomit or the runs, usually hitting with urgency at 3am. ARGH.

    When she was a puppy, and I had to go out for shopping or whatever. I put her in a crate. She shredded everything in the crate but not my furniture.

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    Hyac; Villain had one if those Nylabones for tough chewers.... Lasted about 7 minutes. All those dog toys designed to put food in... They get ripped apart. He also likes sticks, but he takes LUMPS of wood from the wood pile, lol!!

    He is never, ever unsupervised inside, and crated if I need to go out during the evening. Outside in his dog run, everything is metal- buckets, bowls, the shed itself. I've never wanted to punish or correct for chewing, so I simply put everything out if reach- saves time, money, heartache!!!

    Funnily enough, he (and Flirtt, too) have never taken washing from the line, even on windy days.

    I rotate his chew toys, give him plenty to safely chew on... But I just know if I leave it, it's my own fault. Thus a house and yard specially (and expensively) designed for Villi!!

    But, enough about Villi the destroyer.... Lol.

    I think what I'm trying to say (in a looooooong winded way) is that it's a little like kiddie proofing... Lots of thinking of ways to outsmart the dog, heh heh
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    Have you tried a squirrel dude yet V&F

    It's like a kong only stronger.

    Squirrel Dude Product Description - Premier Pet

    I got the big one, so she can't inhale it. And while she has destroyed most toys I've given her - red kongs don't last long - the squirrel dude survives. Along with an Everlast Fun ball which nearly died from the attentions of a bull terrier but actually impressed the owner enough she's gone and got a couple of those for her dog too.

    Everlasting Fun Ball interactive treat dispensing toy for dogs

    I also got her a few huge rope toys. She does kill those off eventually but it takes a while.

    note these people wholesale only so you may have to lean on your nearest pet shop to get some in.
    20663

    My dog has killed off every tennis ball she's ever had. Usually takes less than 30 seconds. She can also kill a fully inflated football, soccer ball or netball. She sticks her tooth in the air hole or cuts the laces and then sticks her tooth in and then levers the whole thing apart like she is a can opener. I've never left her alone with an unopened can of anything either.

    baseballs and cricket balls and hockey balls are no match for her gob either. And kong wubbers and skineez and plaited fleecies can only be used under supervision and put away when I'm done training. And she can cut a webbing lead into pieces inside about 30 seconds. Mouth like a set of scissors. The sort used to chop up raw chicken.

    Oh and she does make splinters of the big marrow bones... squirrel dude is still with us...

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    I want to try a squirrel dude... Thanks for the link!!

    Everlasting treat ball.... Lasted minutes only. There are some toys.... Can't think of brand.... Bought em from K9 Steve..... Made of stuff called 'Zogoflex'. They have both lasted the distance, and get huge workouts daily. I have to remove them after a while so his teeth dont suffer.

    Tennis balls, anything stitched, cricket balls, he even took a huge bite out of a tractor tyre once when I wasn't looking. Those bug knotted rope things... The bugger simply chews straight through the knots, unties them, then leaves little strings everywhere!! That said, he has never applied teeth to his leash. I can tether him to train Flirtt and vice versa and
    he doesn't even attempt chewing. He's oddly discriminating, lol.

    All his training tugs are packed away safely (in a metal cabinet, lol) between training sessions. I buy those plastic dumbells by the dozen for swimming (he thinks he cannot swim without one... If he goes in the water without, he flails and splashes til you chuck a toy in...) and they simply get bitten through in one bite.

    He even ate his way out if one of K9 Steve's 'ultra durable' soft crates. Metal crates only for us now.

    I don't actually believe he is wantonly destructive... There are too many inconsistencies.... In his case I think it's crap genetic- anxiety issues are rampant in Aus bred Dobes.

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    I find mine stop chewing with age mainly, lol......
    Every wood thing we own has TM tooth marks, we have a lovely big wooden bed that Pearl all but destroyed as a youngster but she dose not chew so much now.
    I am a bone feeder & my dogs have alot of outlets though.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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