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i came home and found my belt buckle with 6 inches of leather left on it....did not know which brother ate it....until two days later when blue puked up the belt..in chewed up lil pieces.....hard to believe these dogs have sensitive stomachs...for my boys have eaten everything from tin foil to sunglasses....and even beer cans.....i could read the beer name in their poo....i know how lucky i am...but they keep eating stuff....

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Yes they do. Princess, my 10 month old red female, eats her pads. I get her a nice pad for her crate, and she slowly over time eats it. Of course it does come out, but unlike the rest of the material, it does not break down, so over time, the back yard had bits of fluffy white padding. She has never gotten a belt or shoes, since when she is out, my bedroom door is closed. On occasion when I go in, she sneaks in behind me and grabs a sock. If I get it back from her in time, it is still complete, just a little wet.

Red, my 6 year old red male, on the other hand likes to eat paper. Not shred it as Princess does, but actually eat it. I used to laugh at the phrase "My dog ate my homework", but if Red were around a school kid, it would be true.

Of course both like to get the acorns and pecans that are on the ground in the back yard, as well as the odd stick they want to bring in.

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Sabbath is a shoe muncher. I have to make sure that all shoes are put away
in a closed closet or they will become confetti.

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I thought "The dog ate my homework" was a silly phrase until it truly happened to my fourth grader's spelling homework.

Xander will eat anything paper, and especially loves paper towels.  He also has a thing for socks.  Go figure.  I have to be quick when he sees me carrying the laundry basket...

Funny what they eat.  Picking up dog poop from the backyard is never dull.  Life is like a dobie pile... you never know what you're going to get.

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a dobie pile indeed.....my guys have full run of the house at all times....only thing i have to do is put up my pillow and comforter....they sleep on the bed with me....right or wrong.....i guess i am just glad i have not run into a vet bill.....

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I can really relate to this.  In the 70's $50 leather boots were considered to be expensive.  My dobie ate some snake skin platform boots I had.  Go figure that she had to pick the most expensive of my shoes.  And also twice she destroyed my eye glasses off the stand when I was asleep.  I had to start crating her every time I went to sleep.  She was always into something.  lol  Even started chewing on the sofa.

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so what to do???i want to have the boys in the house when i am gone....not in their crate...they are being spiteful now....i worked with them for five days when i was off work....dog park....on leash off leash...the river...running in the field....they were sleeping like babies....even before their dinner....anyway...sat came and i went to work....well they chewed a shoe in my room...and a phone in the living room....i am not impressed...though still am enamored with them...my wife is not so thrilled though...you might find a for sale sign on here one day....lol...i WON't let that happen....this week i am trying to be more unpredictable in my goings...and not necessarily have them expect that when i leave the house its the river or the park or a car ride....which is i think what i have trained them to think....too much fun for me....anyway...i am starting to leave the house at various times for various lenghts....i wnat them to be good boyz....i think a lot of it starts with sniff sniff...then lick lick....then its soft and wet...so chew chew....is this a puppy psychology that they may outgrow????at a loss....got a few issues.....and why are dogs with a "sensitive" stomach so into eating all our stuff.....am i naieve in thinking its their way of "staying in touch"

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Unfortunately, dogs chew. Over time you can train them to leave things alone, but if you leave the dogs loose in the house when you are not there, you will most likely have chewing damage to something. Given them plenty of things to chew on and keep them busy. Peanut Butter or squirt cheese inside a Kong will keep them busy for a good while.

Every once in a while Princess will get one of my socks and begin eating it. I try not to leave my bedroom door open, but if I do she will go into my bathroom and then she can get into the hamper. Dobes are curious and the only way to keep stuff away from them is to keep it behind a closed door or up high (very high), or keep the Dobes behind a closed crate door. Mine are loose when I am home. When I am here in my computer room, I barricade them in this end of the house with a baby gate. They have access to this room and the guest bath where their water bowl is. When I am in the living room, I need to keep an eye on them. When I am gone or asleep, they are in their crates.

Their crates are not for punishment, but sleeping and confinement. They have plenty of room and pads for comfort. In the evening, when Princess is in her crate, and I am in here with Red, he will get tired, go into his crate and go to sleep (with the door open). When I go to bed, I walk over and he just looks at me when I close the door and turn off the light and go to my bedroom. When I was working full time (now retired) the dogs spend all day in their crates. It was simply the only way I could keep them and my sanity.

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Snoopy is now in his crate during the day, instead of outside.  It is cold out now(Colorado)and he just goes crazy out there just when he is doing his business when it is snowing, but he likes it I think.  I do kind of feel bad for him in his crate all day long while I am at work, but at least I know that he is safe.  He is alot hungrier now because he is used to free feeding and I dont put food in his crate during the day.  He eats in the morning if he will, and then when I get home in the afternoon.  He is still not used to the transition and he does not eat right away when I feed him, he wants to nibble all day.  He is not very happy with me over this, but he is doing well. BTW- he had a big pillow in his crate and he tore it to shreds,  I put a sleeping bag in there and he tore it to shreds also.  I am not going to keep dropping cash for things he will just tear up for much longer.  I guess he likes the feel of cold hard plastic???

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true enough dogs chew...but part of having a dog is to protect my home...and i don't want any invader to be able to say...thanks for crating your dogs...dobies...shepherd or even cockers.....its the same as keeping a dog in the yard...thanks mister...as my computer goes out the door......its tough...i am not training my dogs as protectors....but the sight of my last gsd or rottie...or now my dobes...looking out the front window...is a comfort when i am not home...heck...even the cockers made noise....they have only been chewing when i go to work...some say its spite.......i don't believe its spite...but a lot of people have said they think it is....do you believe in spite in any dog?????

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I don't believe a dog has real spite. When you discipline a dog you get a reaction, but sometimes it is more of a suppressed challenge to Alpha. After all, every canine wants to be the Alpha of their pack, but not all can.

No, the chewing is more of boredom resulting in their getting into stuff. Dogs chew, period. I found a real good chew toy for Princess, and she loves it. It is in the shape of a dog and is made of thick but flexible rubber with a real sensitive higher pitched squeaker. She takes it and just gives it a good workout and it sounds like a bird chirping. It came from Pet Smart. Here is the link: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750770

Right now Red and Princess are in my "computer room" with me. On the plans, it is a bedroom, but there is no bed, the computer, desk, table printer, TV on a stand and Red's crate. I also at times call it my office, because it where I take care of all my personal stuff and all my financial files. Just outside the door to the right is the door to the spare bedroom (door closed) and across the hall is the guest bathroom with their water bowl. My bedroom is at the other end of the house with the door closed so they can't get in.

When Princess was real young and ready to chew anything, I had collapsed boxes in front of the sofa and end tables, so she couldn't chew them. Rawhide chew bones will occupy them and will peanut butter in some of the Kong style toys like the big one that looks like the Michelin man. They come in both red and black - the black is tougher and designed for problem chewers. In his prime, Red would go through a red one in about a months, a black one would last 3-4 months. Now they last over a year.

If you keep your bedroom door closed when you are gone, they can't get to your shoes, belts, socks, etc. This is one of the main reasons they need a place to sleep outside of the bedroom, even at night. At night and when I am gone, both Princess and Red are in their crates. Now a lot of people know I have the Dobes, but only a few very good friends know I have the crates. Even in their crates, they raise cain when the FedEx or UPS delivery man comes. I don't have a door bell, but don't need one, because if the Dobes don't start carrying on when they come the Schnauzers do.

Now as the dog gets older, they chew less, but Red still eats any paper he can get a hold of, it does not matter if it's on the floor, the desk or the kitchen counter. All he has to do to get something at the edgo of the kitchen counter is raise his nose a bit at his eyes are at counter level and he can see everything. Fortunately Princess is a little shorter, but if she smells something good, she's found her paws on the counter help in counter surfing. I have not totally broken her of this yet.

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Hi, I am new on this site, but am glad I have found it!  I have a pair of litter mates. male and female, black and tan, that were a year old on Aug. 25Th.  We have a 3 acre fenced yard, and they run and play ALL DAY long.  I have crate trained them from 6 weeks, and they have no problem with going into or staying in their kennels.  The problem I have is that my male chews every kind of bedding I put in there.  If the doors are open, and I am out of the room, he chews his sisters bed as well.  I have toys for him outside and I play with them.  I would love to find some sort of bedding that I can put in their kennels for them to sleep on, that will not get chewed up.  I hate to have them sleep on the bare plastic tray.  Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!!

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Glorianders, welcome to the Gentle Doberman site. You are right in that there is a lot of information here, even after 25 years of Dobes, I have learned a good deal as well.

Red (6 yr old male) was a terror on pads when he was young. I would put a pad in his crate and it would be gone in a week and my back yard full of white fluff (rain and hose washes the other stuff away). Finally one day in Wal-Mart I noticed some heavy wool small rugs that would cover the bottom of his crate pan just fine, and they were cheaper than the pads. I brought one home. About a week later he started on it and it took him about 6-7 months to get it down to where I had to replace it. Also by that time it was rather odorous and could not be washed. So, I got him another, and this one lasted almost a year. About 18 months ago I got him two pads from Drs. Foster and Smith, one for the living room and one for his crate. They were a bit expensive as the one in the living room is 54" x 36" and the one that was in his crate was 48" x 30". It lasted almost a year. I replace it with a similar pad six months ago and it is a little worn but no chew holes yet!

Princess (11 mo old red female) has done the same thing, consuming the normal fluffy crate pad and depositing the remnants in the back yard. Recently while in Wal-Mart I found one of the trim to fit crate pads that are about a 1/2 thick and have the imitation fleece on one side and fabric on the other. Since her crate is 42" x 26" and the pad is 40" x 24" no trimming was needed. After a week it is still fairly intact, because I washed her ragged and chewed old pad and put it on top. She has had a few nights on bare plastic just to let her know (usually when I wash her pad).

When you are in various stores, don't look for fluffy pads, but something that is a little better than the plastic and tough to chew. You also need to keep his sisters crate door closed when he is loose. I have to keep the crate doors of my Schnauzers close when they are outside and the Dobes are loose in the house. (I have to cycle dogs).

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crazy dogs...the one thing my boyz do NOT eat is the blanket in their crate....figure that one out eh....i just really worry about the stomach and digestive systems with all the non food items....

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I have a sheepskin for Q which has been nibbled a bit but seems to be lasting :), but all his blankets have big holes in them. They look quite funny hung out on the washing line :)
Ive also lost a dive suit (one leg) and odd pieces of clothing. Q is a bit of a sneak thief...He will casuallly saunter by and its only later that i find bits and pieces in the garden. Just recovered my hair brush...lost for three days :D

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a dive suit,,,,sorry but that a good one...remind me why we think these are the best dogs in the world....lol......so this has kinda gone behavioural from my original health worries...with all our dobes eating all this stuff...where di dthey get the reputation of having soft stomachs and digestive systems.......and that we should be careful....ours seem to have great systems...and can even digest beer can....back to the health thing....any thoughts????

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Back to health...Q has a very sensitive tummy. I have to keep his diet very bland, I think a beer can would do him serious damage. Your two must have cast iron intestines :)  i do know that their digestive juices are 4 times the strength of ours... how broken down was the beer can? :)

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Beer Cans? That defies the imaginations. They are large, and even if chewed, if they ingested the pieces, the sharp metal would do terrible damage to their intestines. Red used to chew on cans before I got him to quit counter surfing, but all he did was lick out the inside and punch holes in the side with his fangs.

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well...yeh i am lucky....only once did he eat the whole can...except for the rims on the top and bottom...since there are not so many beer cans left around the house anymore....the wife like that...she bought me a lidded can to keep the empties in.....but the body of the can was shredded....and twisted in the scat....about two inches long...and half inch wide most of the pieces were....they digested all three pair of sunglasses fully.....i don't have any fancy pants sunglasses anymore...just have the cheapos....