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Any idea on helping me help Milo teach how to not chew on everything in site? He has tons of chew toys but every single morning I wake up to tons of shredded papers, toys left where he can get to them from my 5 year old and well...he even chewed apart a wooden basket that had some stuff in it, last night a sharpie pen met its fate....Help lol

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Forgot to mention that hes roughly 6-7mths old and I know its a puppy thing but its got to be better than this.

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Oh Twistiburger..

AHHHHAHAHHHAHAHH!!

sorry

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9 months and 7 months and mine are still shredders and chewers of anything left at their level... I think some just never grow out of it!

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Nope, no suggestions here, LOL.  Papers and magazines and anything else in reach is fair game.  I already picked up a shredded pool noodle this morning. (In Fancy's defense, it was the feral dog Mystic that started it, Fancy just got in on it.)  Oh, and watch out about leaving ANYTHING edible on the counter, they are notorious counter surfers.  I have the luxury of being home all day with my dogs and Fancy is right next to me about 99% of the time, but OHHHH that lost 1%.  Aren't they great!!!?  It always comes with the look of "what? I wasn't supposed to do that? but it was soooo much fun".

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Have you considered crating during the night? Or becoming a very light sleeper! LOL

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All I can suggest is UP!  Like on top of the 'fridge up!  Hard to do with a 5-yr old...  well, maybe not such a bad idea there either!

Brinks is 2-yrs 7-mo & if he feels he's not getting enough attention will still shred any paper he can get hold of, the carpet, the sofa, the loveseat, sticks off the back deck, fallen leaves... 

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Zelda was never a huge problem-chewer, so I can't say... Maybe crate training would really help.

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Twistyburger, You can try this,

When Milo has somthing in his mouth that shouldn't be, snatch it out of his mouth with "NO!" and replace it immediatly with something he is supposed to be chewing on (raw hide, bullystick, chew toy...whatever he likes) and a big "goodboy" and lots of praise. It takes sometime but has worked for me. He'll get the idea.

It also helps that there is alot of things that he is supposed to chew on all over the house (in & out) that he can get to. And if he chooses to chew correct things, praise him for it!

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Gotta "Puppy-Proof" the house.  Nothing left on lower levels or sitting on the floor, coffee table, lower shelves, etc that he can reach.  Ziva went through that stage, and we tried to catch her at it and give her a firm "NO" while taking the forbidden thing away from her, and waiting a few seconds then giving her one of her own toys or ball or chew thing and telling her what a GOOD GIRL she was for chewing on that instead.  We made sure she had plenty of dog toys and rope toys to chew on in little plastic tubs in various parts of the house.  I like to think that helped. 

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We've taken the same approach as gunny and ZD, and so far it is working great. Although he doesn't get much of a chance to get his jaws around anything he shouldn't. If he does pick up one of the kids toys all I have to do is look at him and he drops it and goes and gets his toy. Then he gets loads of praise. It's taken a while to get to this point and we still don't have it perfect. We've been at it for almost 3months. 

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For his safety and your sanity I'd consider either crating him or putting him in a bathroom at night where he can't roam and cause mischief.  If you aren't able to watch him when you're awake and in the house, he can equally go to his "safe space".

Puppy proofing is important but kids sometimes don't get the concept of not leaving their toys or pens laying around the house.  You can explain that when puppy chews these objects he can get very sick... and try to teach them to be better about picking up after themselves. 

Sometimes when they are young they don't understand how to get into a bone, so I will sit on the floor and hold it for them while they chew and work at the bone until they realize that's how it's done.  Then a bone is more satisfying and when they feel the urge to chew they know what to grab.

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Reesie had issues chewing the kids stuffed animals.  There were other issues about bedrooms, so we gated off the hallway and now he has to stay in the living room and kitchen area.  That took care of that problem.  But I like what GunS, Z and Sian said.  We do that some, but we need a little work... Reesie just chewed a bottle of school glue a couple of days ago and we're still getting it out of his fur!

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Dont think there is any advice expect train yourself not to leave anything in their sight!!! haha That is the only thing that has worked for me. 

As far as toys. If I just invested 15+ on a toy I don't want destroyed within the same day. I limit time with the toy and take it away. And its always playtime with me involved. Not go play with your toy and rip it apart. Then somedays I just buy a 3.00 stuffy and just let him have fun for 20 minutes so I can get something accomplished. :p