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    The chewing phase usually is not long lived. How old is the pup now.? Is she teething? All our pups were crate trained from when they were in the litter box but it is not hard to get a dog to love their crate. You do absolutely need a metal crate and make sure it is over size for her estimated final proportions.

    There are available on ebay, metal puppy enclosures that are around 400mm high with panels that link together. You might try protecting your laundry cupboards with them if you really do not want to use a crate.

    I agree with the chardonnay curls but prefer beer lifts myself.
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    I had a dog like that. He chewed everything. If he could reach it, it was destryoed in seconds. nothing we tried worked so we just accepted he was a pain in the ass and loved him to bits anyway lol. One time he chewed my mates boyfriends 300 shoes. He had just bougt them the day before and the stupid lad left them on the back porch LMAO

    obviously thats not the ideal situation so i would go with hya and crate him

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    Thank you so much.
    We decided to put him in the back yard and put bitter spray that we already have on the wooden lounge.
    It saddens me to no end to do it as he is an indoor dog and I really wanted to give him a better life than this. He doesn't like to be left outside but he will HATE being in the laundry which overlooks a fence and is really small.
    Winter is coming and it might be too cold for him then to be outside, don't know what will happen then. Do you think in a couple of months I would be able to trust him in the house again? will it ever change and get better???
    At nights he will still sleep with my son in his room on a mattress we got him but when we go out - he will be outside. He has his bungee there and he has a bed there too.
    Marrow bones - can they be given frozen?
    Last edited by bunny-girl; 05-05-2012 at 07:46 AM.

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    Re crate - we looked at it, but I do work once a week for 5 hours and leaving him in a crate for 5 hours sounds too long for me. The crate would have to be huge as he is a big dog at what we believe 9-10 months old. We are not sure of teh age - just the vet's guess. He seems to have all his teeth so I dont know if he is still teething?
    When we got him he was in a cage in the pound... I was so happy I took him out of the cage, it breaks my heart to think of putting him back into one.
    There would be days when he would not do anything.. and then one day.. out of no where - huge massive destruction.

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    I second the crating idea. Dogs sleep for around 18 hours a day, puppies even longer so having one in a crate for 5 hours is not a big deal - the dog will eventually learn (and probably very quickly) to just sleep whilst you're away - especially since you're doing so much with him when you are home.

    Sammy is an indoor dog, but he is outdoors when I'm not home. To be honest since he was hit by a car I have been leaving him inside whilst I'm away at work (for 9 hours a day) and he has been fine, but he's now over 2 years old and I have had and trained him since he was 8 weeks old. The first thing Sammy did when I brought him home was to eat my phone charger - you can't leave an untrained dog unsupervised because they can kill themselves. I can tell from your posts that you love your dog very much, and in the photos he looks like a real cutie, so really you have been lucky. Yes it's horrible that your house was destroyed, but you could have come home to a dead dog AND a destroyed house.

    You didn't choose the wrong puppy. You know what they say - the difference between buying a puppy and having a baby is that one will destroy your house, the other your life...

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    It was only when I read that he is 9-10 months that I went: Ah!

    I got Banjo when she was 8mo and she was really into destroying things. Lucky for me, she focused on the small stuff mainly, though chewing just the valve out of a big inflatable swimming pool does also render it useless.

    I left her inside with the backdoor ajar from the start. And each day I came home to carnage. The whole loungeroom floor used to be littered with pieces of the stuff she'd ripped apart and/or chewed. I think on the first day she completely destroyed the cushion of the outdoor sofa chair. Never other furniture, but I paid a fortune in replacing or repairing footwear because we (mainly my 7yo daughter) kept forgetting to put them away and if we left them for even 5 minutes, she would destroy them.

    I don't really know when it happened, but now I come home to a clean loungeroom floor. She will still get in the bin and tear up plastic bags and stuff if she gets a chance. And she is an avid bench browser. She will still occasionally take a fancy to our shoes, but then only chews one strap (still bloody expensive, but anyway). She is 16 months now.

    I think adolescent dogs often have an irresistible urge to chew because their teeth are still coming through. But I wrote about my experiences to show that often it does stop without interference.

    Now obviously your case is much worse than mine was and you do have to think about the dog not chewing you into poverty. Try the bitter spray or vicks on the most expensive stuff. Also leave him lots of different things to chew on. I still spend a fair bit of money each month on rawhide chews. My dog always has at least one on the go and when she was younger often a few scattered around the house. If I ever found her chewing on something she wasn't allowed to, I'd just take it off her and offer her chewy.

    My dog never liked kongs all that much, so I bought her some other toys that she spent more time on. She loved her treat ball at that age (now she seems too lazy to use it ). I used to fill it with high to moderately high value treats. I also have a kong wobble that I fill with cat kibble. It took her a while to figure that one out, but after that she emptied it most days. And I have one toy that is made up out of strong padded bits stuck together with velcro into a ball shape and you put treats in the middle so they have to rip all the bits apart. Great for dogs who love packaging! There's a few other toys like that out there, but with your dog you will obviously have to make sure they can stand up to his strong teeth.

    Oh and I also used to hide chicken necks and bones in the backyard before I left in the first couple of months. And maybe you can throw a few plastic bottles with food in them around. I really think that the more interesting chew and play things you provide, the less time he will have to chew other stuff. But essentially, he may just have to grow out of it. Maybe some dogs don't, but I do think chewing is part of adolescence for lots of dogs...

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    Big hugs to you. We've all seen it, if not experienced it. One thing you can do, is see if you can find someone nearby, with a laid back, good natured dog, who will babysit your dog, even if not every day. If you can't pay them, offer to mow the lawn or mind their dog when they go away. It seems to be a stage, you just have to get through it. It's always good to have someone you can ask to mind your dog, in an emergency. Just make sure the minder will be home. Perhaps find 2 doglovers who can mind on different days. I take it you can't afford dog play group. (Neither can I - but luckily, never needed it). Perhaps get a dogwalker to do an extra hour of hard exercise, in the morning, so your dog sleeps for 1/2 a day, anyway... If I lived near you, I'd volunteer at least one day a week for you.. More hugs...
    It's always good to get them to associate sleeping in crates, chewing bones in crates. That way, the dog doesn't associate crates wth boarding kennels, or vets. Give him lots of good bones. At this point, give him 1/2 a dozen. If he's bored with one, he can go for another. They don't have to be fresh out of the freezer/fridge. A stinky 2 day old may be far more attractive than a wooden chair leg... Another trick is to get a tablespoon of cat food, (it smells stronger - especially the fishy ones), put it in a 4 litre ice cream container, mash it up, pour on a cup of hot water, stir into a stinky slop, top up with cold water, stir, and freeze. Whenever I have a gap, in summer, I make them up. If your freezer is full, it's cheaper to run. On hot days, just tip out the 4 litre fishy ice block, on the grass, under a tree. In winter, take the bones out the night before. I'm not a huge fan of the big marrow bones. My dogs aren't that impressed and there's not much on them to keep them interested. I prefer brisket, but so does every other dog owner... sigh. You can also block off the end of the Kongs, with peanut butter, fill up with beef stock, and freeze...

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    Thank you SOOOO much everyone. Your advice and suggestions are just invaluable to me right now.
    I am going to get some food dispensing toys and more rawhide bones. I already have chicken necks and marrow bones in freezer. He might even like staying outside when we are gone.
    I guess it's just not how I wanted things to be, but outside in my mind is better than being in a cage again, which I have a feeling will take a very long time to get him back into one after being 3 weeks in a tiny pound cage.

    He is so gorgeous and we just love him so much, I wish he didn't do it so we don't have to change the way things are. I saw him today licking my son and snuggling with him and I just melted. He is a blessing.. but yesterday he was a little bit of a curse LOL. I am still trying to get over it - I think it will take me weeks! Now I have to convince hubby to buy a new dining suite. I took some photos of the carnage.. might put them up a little later.

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    If he is only 9-10 months old then he should grow out of it.

    Re crating for 5 hours....thats not much at all. My dogs spend all work day (7.20 when I leave - 3.30 when the kid gets home from scool) in the washhouse. They cant be trusted outside, well, Pippi cant because she escapes and they do just sleep all day anyway

    When Barney gets a bad hip, he is crated during that time to minimise movement and he is a big dog too. It doesnt hurt them, and IMO, its better than having expensive furniture chewed to bits. Once a week for 5 hours is nothing.

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    5 hours a week is not much. But you will have to get him used to being left outside. I stupidly never did that with my dog. She will happily spend a couple of hours outside on her own chewing bones on summer evenings when I'm home and with the door ajar, but if I close the backdoor she starts stressing.

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