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Chewing tips

1764 Views 8 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  jem_389
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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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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