How old is Dion? It sounds like typical Beagle puppy behavior. Jersey was a kleptomaniac as a puppy. She was around 18 months old before she outgrew it, although she still has her moments now. It sucks, but in the meantime, if you don't want Dion to steal it, keep it out of his reach. We kept our ironing board up for close to a year just to have a high place to keep things out of Beagle reach. The bottom halves of my book shelves stayed empty as well. You can try spraying some Bitter Apple spray to deter Dion's chewing. Our trainer suggested soaking a sock in it and letting Jersey steal it so that she'd get a mouthful of the Bitter Apple. Theoretically, it was supposed to keep her from stealing again, since it was supposed to be such a bad experience. It didn't work for us. Good luck! And welcome to the world of Beagles.