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    hi
    ive got a 7 month old male staffy. he is always chewing on things and making a mess which is making my mother wanting to get rid of him. also when it gets dark he always bites our feet and holds on to them. ive tried to make loud noises, firm no, redirecting him to somthing else to bite. could you please help me and give me some tips. if things still dont work out should i be taking it to obedience classes? will it cover my problems?

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    Hi there,

    What things have you tried other then stern voice or a no to change habbit?

    Alot of dogs chew for many different reasons.
    boredom, anxiety, teething, nerves etc

    You have to find out why the dog is chewing, give them toys or bones that they are allowed to chew on, and remember you need to keep a mindful eye as well and remove things from their area that they could chew on.Try not to yell give a noise that shows you are not happy then remove the object and replace with one they are allowed to chew on and praise, but again usually means there is a bigger issue!


    the chewing on the feet could be a respect thing (dogs can lick there owners feet as it is a sign of respect or showing that you are the boss). Again as it is a young dog it may just grow out of these habbits but again if they begin chewing on the feet replace with something that they are allowed
    hop this helps a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyharley View Post
    the chewing on the feet could be a respect thing (dogs can lick there owners feet as it is a sign of respect or showing that you are the boss). Again as it is a young dog it may just grow out of these habbits but again if they begin chewing on the feet replace with something that they are allowed
    hop this helps a bit
    My little girl is a conic licker, if you don't shoo her away she will not stop. She is also a chewer... toys, shoes, sticks, bottles, blankets - really anything she can get her little mouth on. And it does make a hell of a mess too. I personally think it is just a puppy thing (although Bella is now 17months old and still does it). Harley did it too - his favourite was books or paper. But thankfully he has grown out of it now .

    I don't think it is any reason to get rid of an animal in my opinion. Puppies will chew, I think that is something to be expected. They will also make mess. I don't know of any ways to help stop them chewing other than giving them things they are allowed to chew on and removing items that aren't - and maybe giving him more things to keep him entertained and wait for him to grow out of it.

    With him biting on your feet, could he be scared of the dark (I think that is possible for dogs?!) I always leave a light on for mine until we all go to bed.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    My dog's about 9mo and it's very normal for dogs that age to chew lots. Something to do with teething, I believe. And Staffies are known to be more into chewing than most dogs too.

    I don't make a big fuss about it. I just make sure nothing valuable - like shoes! - is ever left with the dog when she's unsupervised. If I do catch her chewing on something she's not supposed to, I do the same as Sandyharley. Just replace it with a rawhide chew and praise her when she starts chewing that. I make sure my dog always has access to at least one or two things that she is allowed to chew on.

    If part of it is boredom, increasing the length of your walks might help or giving him some enrichment toys.

    The biting feet should be fairly easy to fix. Just completely ignore her until she stops doing it and then praise her and give her lots of attention. This will work better if you use the NILF method (google it or search the site) and only give her pats and attention when she does what you ask her to do. Which can just be being calm and chewing what she is allowed to chew as well.

    My dog sometimes tries to grab my feet when I come home from work. She still gets a bit frustrated because I completely ignore her for a couple of minutes until she's stopped carrying on like a maniac and sits down quietly. She's doing it less and less though. The key is to not give them any attention when they do this sort of stuff because - just like with toddlers or teenagers (same thing ) - to them any attention, good or bad, is better than no attention at all. So best not to yell or tell them off in any way. You ignoring them is much worse for them than being yelled at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    You ignoring them is much worse for them than being yelled at.
    Especially with staffies!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    thsi thread is over a year old.......
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    didn't even notice...

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    I didn't notice either! Had a dig and found this: http://www.dogforum.com.au/giveaway-...ew-home-2.html

    Last post by her was Nov 2010. No update since, so I assume the staffy was rehomed.

    Can't help but think that her mother set a very bad example there in regards to responsiblity and seeing things through!

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    my nugget doing the same thing to and yes i know this is old
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    Yep I fully agree Beloz!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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