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    i trained jack not to wreck stuff inside the house by putting him outside for a period everytime i caught him in the act(doesn't need to be all that long, just long enough so he got the message - 5 - 10 mins was plenty) ... he quickly learnt it was ok to chew stuff outside but not inside(every sprinkler head in the garden got chewed lol).

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    The first 6 weeks at home Brock chewed on heaps of stuff and we always told him "NO" when we were around.

    Skirting boards and the wooden stair case were his favorite! I used Eucalyptus but I also up'ed the number of kongs and even let him have a stick or two inside for when he was alone - I figured what's better than giving him his own wood to chew on!

    He has grown out of it now - I figured it was sort like a teething thing - but i do still have a good supply of Kongs, Ropes, and chew toys for him when he is alone.

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    Can I recommend some deer antler, keeps a dog busy for hours.

    Can I also recommend a long walk before you go out, encourages a dog to sleep.

    When my dog was a puppy, I put her in a crate when I was out. I trained her to associate being in the crate with yummy treats and chews first. But I'm sure this limited the destruction around the house.

    I tried using chilli to stop her counter surfing but she just developed a taste for chilli. Piles of tin cans and vicks vapour rub worked better but you have to put it on each day.

    You may want to try something like a squirrel dude or treat ball - that dispenses food as he plays with it. Works quite well with my dog when I'm home, she sleeps or sulks when I'm out.

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    I have been sitting inside while Murphy was out for a while to get some sunlight on him.
    Then IO could hear this sound and I just couldn't out my finger on it.
    I went to see what Murphy was doing and he just looked up and had nothing in hos mouth. So then it started again and this time I went right out and I found where the noise was coming from.
    He was chewing on the I think it is called the ballistrait to the doorway.
    It was at the right height for him while he was laying down.
    I told him off for it and this was the end of that one. But he has found more stuff to chew on and I think he will alway do so.

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    I usually have a few old tree branches, especially from the old gum tree across the road. Dog occaisionally picks one of those out to chew on.

    I'm not real happy about the re-modelling she's done to my ugg boots tho. But she has actually managed to fetch both of them to me - whoo hoo. Not anywhere as good as fred bassett.

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    Now it could be that you have white ants starting up in your skirting board. Just a thought. They are often found by dogs

    If just boredom or growing teeth, I always suggest bones
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    One of my good mates had an american staffordshire pup several years ago. Once he got to a certain age, every day my mate would come home to a mess of something chewed to bits. One day he came home and found his entire couch spread across the loungeroom. From that day on, he got on his bike and got the dog to run behind him for a few kilometers each night ... never had a problem since! Lack of exercise is always a big factor. Can't remember now what you said in your first post, but maybe the exercise you are giving just isn't enough? A tired dog is a pleasant/happy dog!

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    "Skirting boards and the wooden stair case were his favorite! I used Eucalyptus but I also up'ed the number of kongs and even let him have a stick or two inside for when he was alone - I figured what's better than giving him his own wood to chew on!"


    As I was reading your post I turned around to see Nibbler chomping on the baby gate again... vinegar must have worn off. So I told him NO, went and got the eucalyptus oil and rubbed it on his favourite spots, you should have seen his face! haha I will take a walk later and get him a nice big stick to chew on. At the moment he has a dried goat tendon + kong filled with treats to munch on.. He has a go with them for a little while then chews at the gate. I keep thinking it's a frustration thing. He loves company so maybe he's trying to get closer to me? He will often sleep wedged up against the gate.

    He's already had heaps of exercise, gone toilet and done some training with me this morning, and he's still felt the urge to whine at me and chew the gate.. so here I sit ignoring him.

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