Need advice for a semi-destructive Dobie

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Hi, I'm new here, my name is Anthony and this is my first post.  I have a 6 month old female Doberman named Fifa.  I got her from a great breeder when she was 8 weeks old.  She is very affectionate with me and my family, and she seems to like children and other dogs a lot.  I love this dog.  My only concern is that she can be a little destructive in my house.  She chews and rips up my carpet, bites and chews on my leather sofas, chews on wooden chair legs and other similar behaviors. 


I have plenty of toys and rawhides for her to chew on and she usually does chew on them for a while but at some point she will turn her attention to the carpet or other things.  When she does start biting something she isn't supposed to I tell her "NO" and give her a toy to chew on and praise her.  That doesn't seem to help very much because she will chew the toy for a few seconds then go back to chewing the carpet or couch.  I also put her immediatly in her cage for a "time out" when she bites and chews something she isn't supposed to, but when I let her back out of her cage she usually will repeat the bad behavior. 

I know she is young and some of this is to be expected but it's getting pretty bad.  I figured maybe it was a teething thing while she was losing her puppy teeth, but all of her adult teeth are in and it hasn't stopped or slowed down at all.  Does anybody have any advice that can help me keep my puppy from destroying my house? 


Thanks

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From what I understand.. ( Fifa told me) there are Dragons in your sofa, hiding under the carpet and in the chair legs. She is only slaying them for you..

I'm kidding of course.. I can't help but laugh as there are hundreds of destroyed homes, furniture, car interiors and anything that will allow a tooth to penetrate.. Dobes chew..

I'm sure there are other posters on this forum who will give you some sound advice... I can only get tickled..

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I found this at walmart and I have heard it helps I don't know if it will or not for i have never used it but the reviews for it are pretty good...

Its called Bitter Apple Spray and it is about $7 a bottle. Here is the description I found for it ..

Item Description

An indispensable dog-training tool, Bitter Apple Spray was invented by a pharmacist in 1960. To discourage biting, chewing and other unwanted behavior, just spray items with Bitter Apple. It's harmless to dogs and doesn't leave a stain, but the powerful taste deterrent sends a strong message to your dog. This formula can also be sprayed directly on your dog to discourage hair chewing and hot spots.

 

Here is the link for the page as well so you can read reviews

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bitter-Apple-Spray-8-oz-Dogs/3635337

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Thanks, I actually have heard of this stuff.  It's worth a try

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Yeah right. I've tried sour apple. I think Doberman consider it a condiment. For a while, if something didn't have tooth marks on it - I just assumed it did not belong to me.

Dobermans are chewers at this age. You're doing the right thing. I'd go further though and be sure to 'claim' whatever she's destroying by making her move away from it.

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Thanks for all the advice, I guess I'm just going to have to keep doing what I'm doing and put up with it.  Hopefully she grows out of it.

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Another thing you can try is distraction. A trick I learned a long time ago that is better than "NO!" is to take a soda can and rinse it out good. Then put 4 or 5 pennies in it. You now have a shake can. Stage them stratgecially around so you can reach one quickly. As soon as you see he do something you don't want her to do, reach over, shake it and put it right down, so when she turns to you it is not in your hand.

I found an inexpensive baby gate at Pet Smart that allowed me to confine HRH Princess in the computer room with me. Unfortunately my back is turned when I am at the computer and she would sneak out into the living room with all the tasty things in it - like pens, wires, etc. Fortunately shoes never made her list, but if I left my bedroom door open, socks seemed to be her favorite.

With her confined I had better control over her as she only could get into the small hall and bathroom as the water bowl is there (along with the TP rolls which are not on the counter top) and the computer room with me and Uncle Red's crate. I even had to close his door for she would go in and chew up his pad (of course that's one of his favorite chew items as well).

You kinda have to find what works with the individual dog.

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Well we all know now, that HRH has a sock fetish.... ( Are there dragons in your socks?)

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Must be. She is getting better, she no longer chews the ends out, she just drops them in the passageway between the dining room and living room about 15' outside my bedroom door.

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Roxi has been chewing on my mom's rug that's under her table...along with the oak table...and the oak chairs.......I have a feeling I'm going to be paying a lot of money to replace those if she doesn't stop -.-  I've found my lil girl LOVES those nylabone things.  And they come in different flavors.  xD  I'm not much help, though.  I'm learning too!

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Dakota loves to chew everything, and we purposely didn't puppy proof our house because we want her to learn what's ok and what's not.  (we keep a CONSTANT eye on her 100% of the time when she's out of her kennel, unless she's sleepy)  What we do to keep her from chewing anything but her toys, is we make her toys more fun than everything else.  After a few days she didn't want to play with anything else, because nothing else is "fun" like the cool toys that we have a ball with.  We interact with her all the time while she's playing.  So far, not one item of anything has been destroyed, or even has a toothmark for that matter.  She does like the dragons in the rug, but the dragons are lame and boring compared to her super fun chew toys!

If your dog is chewing and destryong items in the house, my thoughts on that (just my opinion) is that the dog is not ready to be left alone without being supervised yet.  I will leave Dakota for 30 second spurts max, then peek to see what she's doing... half the time she's being good, half the time she's looking for a dragon lol.  So that tells me that she can't be left alone for any longer than 30 seconds at this point without getting into something she shouldn't, so I don't leave her alone for more than 30 seconds.

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Nanny-cams.. ? Nanny-cams that can talk.. Program them to say

"No"

"Leave it"

" Drop it"

"Good Girl"

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I agree with you Kevin, that is why I do not leave Fifa alone unsupervised.  As far as her toys she either gets bored of them or we have to take them away from her because she tries to eat them.  Anything stuffed is out of the question because she rip out the stuffing and try to eat it.  We are having a ruff time trying to find toys that we can give her and not really worry too much about her eating.  If you haven't figured it out yet, she will try to eat and chew pretty much anything and everything.

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what about kong toys?  never seen a dog that doesn't love them.  We also have a rubber tire toy that seems pretty indestructible, as well as some rope toys.  You can put some stuffing in the kong, either a treat, or some peanut butter or something like that, that should keep her busy for a while.  There's also some kind of ball that you can put a treat in, and it takes a while for it to get worked out.  That's a favorite.  Dakota will sit there and play with the ball till the treat comes out, which takes a while.  Anything stuffed?  don't think so.  We had a dog bed for her in the living room, and in the time it took me to go to the bathroom she ripped it open and pulled out the stuffing lol.

If she gets bored quickly, I would try the toys that you can put a treat in, if you haven't.  After she chews for a while, maybe try throwing it around a little bit?

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Well Kevin K... now you've met one.. Sofia doesn't like Kongs.. Sofia doesn't like shoes.. Sofia doesn't even like stuffed toys.. she doesn't chew or eat ANYTHING that's not handed to her. I tried a big shank/marrow bone.. she just stripped off the meat and discarded the bone. Come to think of it , I don't think I've ever seen Her Ladyship drool. SUCH a Miss Priss!!

wait.. she will do rawhide strips... She can make them last for days...

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well, what kinda diva wants a stankin' shoe in her mouth!! lol

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Fifa does like elk antler.  I picked up a elk antler at a specialty dog boutique near me and she loves it, but like everything else she gets bored quickly and moves on to the next thing to chew.  I did try filling a Kong with peanut butter yesterday and she went to town on it.  I guess I just have to keep finding things that work for her.  Now any suggestions on how to get her to stop digging at the carpet? 

 

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Get her a pad and make her lay on it. Tell her to "Get on Your Pad" and lead her to it. When she lays on the pad, give her a treat. Make it her special place. Dogs dig in the dirt to soften it up. She thinks that if she digs enough she can soften up the floor. It won't take her long to decide the pad is more comfortable than the carpet.

When my two are in their crates, they eat the pads. The pad in the living room is 4 years old and at times has both of them on it although I got it a little oversized for Red. It is 54" x 33". Princess and Red are both on it if they are not at my feet.

But the pad is only for when you are there watching her. Other wise, she should be tethered to you or crated at this stage (chewing, etc. stage). Remember, she may still be teething so chewing will come naturally.