I've got a chewer...no! I've got TWO chewers! HELP?

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My 18 week old, Karma, has been a "chewer" since we brought her home. We had taken her out of that stage as much as we could and got her plenty of toys and sticks when outdoors. 

However, now with the addition of Lady Z, my other gal who is 1yr old, her chewing tendencies have started back up. Come to find out, Lady Z is also a chewer but Big Zo, our one year old boy is not a chewer at all! It is so hot outside so I have to schedule my errands and shopping trips around morning or evening or when my husband is home from work. We had tried leaving them inside but ended up with a hole in our carpet and a chewed up leg on our computer desk chair! They only do this when we are not around...smart little things!

Is there a difference between female and male Dobes? How can I get them out of it? Lady is so bad she has ripped up all the chew toys Karma had prior to us brining them home. Any suggestions?

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Other than crate-training, or confining the chewers to a room where they can't do much damage, I'm at a loss as to how to make them stop.

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Try buying those toys where they have to earn their food.  Like a Kong Wobbler, Tug-a-jug, or Magic Mushroom (the dog toy not the other kind...).


If they have to think about something it makes them tired and less likely to get destructive.  Make them earn it!

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hrm, how much full-bore run time are they getting? My 21 month old girl still requires quite a bit(we're talking 2+ hours every day plus play time).

 

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I still have this problem with Athena.  When she was younger, we used the sour apple spray on specific things that we knew she liked and that helped solve the problem.  She still gets into the couch cushions when we're not around because that's her way of showing she's mad.  My problem is I never know when that's coming.  If you haven't tried the spray it works well, although they may be mad at you ;) or as Harley suggested get toys where treats can be inserted to keep their attention on the actual toy

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Great advice..thanks! We have been giving them more tougher chew toys and that seems to be working. I will def try the puzzles!

Athena- I had never heard of the spray, interesting. Who know about Karma..she wants to put everything in her mouth! geeesh!

D- I am not clear what "full-bore" time is? I am guessing how much time they are out and running around? I usually take them for a walk around the neighborhood every other morning. My two one year olds are too much for me to handle by myself at the same time. Lady Z is a tugger most of the times so she can be hard to deal with. Zo is easier to handle and Karma is still being leash trained on not to tug or pull.

So I take them one at a time which is about an hour for each. Then, we spend a lot of time outside when it is not hot. Right now, Lady Z is coming out of heat so we have to watch her carefully when she is playing outside with the two others. They have plenty of yard space both in our front and back yard.

They are hardly ever left alone for longer than maybe 2.5 hours.

They seem to be getting better as the days pass. But we still dont trust leaving them alone inside..not the girls lol!