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Or that should probably be not chewing tips!

We've never had a chewer... until Buzz. So far he has chewed holes (he doesn't go completely to town, just one perfect bite the exact shape of his chompers) in 5 duvet covers (4 of ours, 1 in a hotel...), 1 futon cover (also in the hotel - that was an expensive stay!), 5 pillowcases, 1 dog bed, 2 blankets and now he is starting on our sofa cushions (2 down, 4 to go...).

The chewing seems to happen the most when he is playing with Moose - in the course of playing, if any fabric gets anywhere close to his mouth, he will take a bite out of it. Some of it happens when we are here - some when we are out. We have never crated any of our pack but short of that, is there any way to stop him from doing this? Is it something he will grow out of (he is about 2 right now)? Any tips would be most appreciated!!
 

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How long does it take for him to chew through these items??

Zelda can chew through anything... and she isn't even a year old yet. The only real thing that works for us is bitter apple spray. It is absolutely disgusting to her, so she takes one more bite and then she's done with the item. But that usually only works if you're watching them and can see whenever they're going for something new.

Other than that, I'm sorry, I don't have much other advice.
 

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The bitter apple works well for us too. The other thing is the water bottle. When you catch him chewing something taboo, squirt him with the water. (This works well until some one lets him drink from it like a fountain. Keep away from teenagers!)Eventually, they just see the bottle and turn away.

I've sprayed bitter apple on just about everything imaginable including dirty laundry, the contents of my purse, and my own feet. He's not a huge destructor (knock on wood) but we've lost a lot of Pj's, socks and underwear to his teeth.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of great advice either, but when you get some great ideas that work, don't forget to share!!
 

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Originally Posted By: DianaHow long does it take for him to chew through these items??
Unfortunately not long at all - it is really just one CHOMP and then there is a jaw-sized hole. Catching him in the act is therefore very difficult... I guess we could coat our entire house in bitter apple spray!!
 

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I'm with you, I have been looking for chewing things to play with for Casie for a couple of months, and everything winds up destroyed. So far, only blankets of household items...but then chewing is what landed us in the vet's a month ago. If you find anything, let me know. Also, who gave me the tip about the dickey pants? What did you do with them, I've shredded the legs and braided them together....it lasted longer than a very expensive kong!

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We have chewing problems with Duke, always have. Bitter apple is also our weapon of choice. Problem is, you never know what he'll go after until he does. So unless you spray the entire contents of your house (which gets pricey because you do have to reapply every few weeks), you can still take a hit. Luckily, as Duke nears 2, the chewing has slowed considerably.
 

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WOW. Can I ever sympathize with what you are going through. I tried the bitter spray with Gabby, and sometimes I think she likes it. She's destroyed countless toys and dog beds (pillows), my old coffee table, and literally chewed up an old recliner. I was told that she is still very young, and that she panics sometimes when I'm not home.

What I'm doing to suppress her chewing: I put all of my good furniture in my front room that I can close off from the rest of the house. Now the dogs have free run of their living room with their own Futon, and a dog door that goes out into a beagle-proof play area outside. So far, so good. I'm also about to place an order with Pet Edge for some non-furry chew toys that I'll rotate daily to keep her interest. Sometimes I think that we need a chewing support group thread! LOL.... Keep us posted!!
 

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Originally Posted By: threedognightWOW. Can I ever sympathize with what you are going through. I tried the bitter spray with Gabby, and sometimes I think she likes it.
Roscoe licked the bitter apple (and other similar products) like it was candy! Did not deter him one bit! Just took some time, patience and a whole lot of No!
 
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