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    Default An Expensive Afternoon....

    Well, our pup has apparently decided she prefers power tools to chew toys!

    If the 2 hours between me leaving for work, and my partner getting home from work, she managed to jump up onto the work bench. All those interesting things to chew! Not sure how she got up there, (6 month staffy X) must be crossed with a kangaroo...

    Tore up some foam, chewed the charger for the cordless drill, chewed the bench grinder, and the extension cord.

    So in an effort to puppy proof, the bench is even higher. All shelves nearby raised. During that process she was tied up out from underfoot, didn't like that, and managed to chew through her lead!

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    Oooo Not good May i ask what sort of things do you have for her to play with when your not home? (what's her name?)
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    Her names Mindy, got her at 3 months from a local shelter. So not really sure what she's got in her, looks like a staffy for now though. Just hasn't filled out yet.

    She's got a kong (not really interested in it though). A tug of war ball tied to a pole, and a few other balls and things. Most interested in palm fronds and her coconut atm.

    My own fault this time really. She was asleep with me inside most of the day, in hindsight I should have run her around more! Hehe, found this forum yesterday though, kept me too occupied.

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    Hi zifnab... A chewer like my Kuro... Nothing is safe in our home.. Try giving Mindy a cardboard box to play in.. Might last 1 or 2 days before being destroyed, but its cheap ! Toilet rolls are one of Kuros favorites.
    Yesterday, My wife came home from work to find that Kuro had been busy removing all the nicely folded underware from our lounge room and had them spread out in is backyard play area !
    We bought this spray from the Pet Shop called 'Stop Chew'. It seems to do the trick, but you cant spray everything, eg undies....

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    She's definitely a chewer I'll have to try the cardboard box idea, thanks.

    We tried 'bitter bite' a while ago, didn't seem to taste bad enough to stop her chewing what it was sprayed on however.

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    My puppy has scissors for teeth - she can cut through a normal webbing lead in under 30 seconds. I got her a horse lead - it takes her twenty minutes of undivided attention to get through that - and that's long enough for me to notice and stop her. Basically can't leave her tied up unless I get a chain.

    She has chewed the cables for the computers. Fortunately only lost one power board - but i don't know how she didn't zap herself - or maybe she did.

    I tried using chilli to stop her chewing certain things but now she likes chilli. Vicks vapour rub works but has to be reapplied from time to time to some things.

    I suggest large plastic tubs or bins with dog proof lids for storing the power tools. Staffies can jump into the back of a ute, tail gate up, if you're looking for a height guide. Also stack a few pyramids of (dog safe) tin cans around the edge of the work bench - the noise of them falling over will put her off jumping on the bench - hopefully.

    Try stuffing the kong with kibble mixed with plain yoghurt, or tinned dog food.

    Also get a raw beef shin bone blessed (cut once long ways and once cross ways), and give one piece every couple of days. Keeps my dog busy for hours.

    The "weapon of doggy discipline" (pump action water sprayer) used to be required to get my ugg boots back but lately she's lost interest in them (and I try to keep the door to the room with my footwear and dirty laundry shut when I'm not in it)

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    Hi there!

    Congrats on your puppy. She sounds like a sweetie. Don't forget photos!

    She would be starting to teethe at her age. Like a human baby teething chewing on things is mostly an intinct and not necessarily naughtiness. It makes her mouth feel better.

    Like Hyacinth said, try and re-direct her chewing with bones etc. Mine have never been interested in kongs or toys either. But I got some sheep heads not long ago from a friend who was killing a few for the freezer. I've never had such quiet, well behaved dogs... A bit gruesome though...

    But if you can get hold of big bones, or something similar that takes time and attention to work on it may save you some tools! Sections of beef or lamb backbones can be good puppy occupiers as well. Even roo tail...

    Good luck - keep us posted!

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    A couple of ideas:

    1) Buy hip or knee bones from the butcher.
    2) Sprinkle dry food around the yard for them to hunt.
    3) Up the daily walks from one to two. If you cant do that, do you own a treadmill?

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    Thanks for the ideas. I think it may have been a curiosity thing as well, a power cord hanging down or something.

    She's been quite well behaved the past few weeks. Found a nice spot she can get a good run around in the afternoons. We take her up to the housing estate up the road. A good sized area with no houses yet. Also got an old small aeroplane tyre to play with, complete with a nice hole drilled in it to stop water getting trapped and breeding mossies.

    Lets see if I can get the hang of posting pictures....
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