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Chewing-experiences please!

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Allfurcoatandnoknickers Mon 22-Apr-13 17:11:27

My jrt cross is now 10 months old. Went to vets today to get her weighed and pick up some flea treatment and just mentioned to them that she is still chewing, it's random times, we can be in or out, makes no difference. The nurse suggested that it might be separation anxiety and thought ten months was old to still be chewing (?????!!), and suggested we see a behaviourist before it gets worse (hmmmmmm.....). My other dog was 18 months old when we got him and has never chewed, but I still think she's only a pup and even though its far from desirable, it's also normal??
She's canny and knows exactly that she shouldn't be doing it. She's 99% housetrained still with odd accident (poo not wee), friendly with other dogs, good recall etc, but the chewing (table legs, tea towels, cushions, sofa etc etc) hasn't shown much sign of stopping. I don't crate her as we have another dog and she gets upset as he isn't crated so that's not an option. She is well exercised, fed on Burns dog food so no crap, and has plenty of stimulation, and only left for max. 3-4 ours at a time, but more often than not only an hour. i dont think it could be separation anxiety as she shows no signs of anxiety when we leave at all.
I'm stumped!
When did other people's dogs stop chewing?

tabulahrasa Mon 22-Apr-13 17:58:38

Mine is 9 months, he chews just as much now as when he was teething, lol

pinguwings Mon 22-Apr-13 18:48:10

Have you tried Kongs? Something she can chew safely and should keep her interested. Our dog (approx 14 months) loves them and can spend hours with one.

tabulahrasa Mon 22-Apr-13 18:55:54

I know you weren't asking me, but...

I have kongs, frozen pig and cow legs, other raw bones, filled hooves, pizzle sticks, yon rice bones, more toys than I think the DC ever had all carefully rotated to prevent boredom - apparently none of them are as exciting as paper, flooring or furniture hmm

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Mon 22-Apr-13 19:41:20

Yep, I have tried kongs which last a couple of minutes, just bought a toy which was supposed to last hours but the other dog got hold of it and that was that. Think the best thing I've tried are stag bars. They both love them and take hours chewing. However, the older dog chews them faster then tries to get the puppy's stag bar from her. They then have a growling session, and so on......
Just come back to find the older dog has cocked his leg up on our chewed sofa. Want to weep.

furbaby Mon 22-Apr-13 19:51:24

It could just be a habit now rather than being upset alone .....
Our staffy has a habit of taking the post up to his bed when we are out and chewing the corners off each letter ! He never destroys it all just the corners , think its just habit and thinks he is doing us a favour by opening post .
I don, t find kongs chews or toys help as he ignores them if he, s home alone then makes a big thing of enjoying them with us watching .
Could you confine her to one room where she can, t damage much .

tabulahrasa Mon 22-Apr-13 19:52:54

What are you putting in the kongs that they only last a couple of minutes?

There was a thread about kongs the other day. Forzen pieces of raw chicken take mine a good 40 minutes to finish.

furbaby Mon 22-Apr-13 19:54:23

Ps staffy is now 13 so we have had 13 years of post with no corners smile

Floralnomad Mon 22-Apr-13 19:55:41

Sorry to say it but some dogs just never grow out of it . My mum had a large bull mastiff type X that ate several kitchen cupboards in his lifetime ,she tried everything to stop him . My own dog will chew anything clothy or papery and he's 3 ,we are just really careful about what we leave lying about . Although my husband forgot a couple of weeks ago and left some papers hanging out of the side of his laptop bag and when we came home they were shredded .

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Mon 22-Apr-13 20:02:10

I've been putting kong biscuits in and peanut butter/liver paste.
Will look at kong thread now!

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