Lab puppy is chewing up everything !!!!!

@Rhamah (42)
United States
February 21, 2008 3:02pm CST
How do you break a lab pup from chewing up everything in sight ??????? Or can you break the chewing habit ?? I have tried non-chewing sprays, and nothing has seemed to work so far !!
12 responses
@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
21 Feb 08
Do you supply him/her with plenty of things he/she CAN chew? Like bones or chew toys? I presume so, but since you didn't state it, I have to mention it. Otherwise, supervision and confinement are the only other things that come to mind right now. Supervise the puppy closely and stop it when he/she looks like they're going to chew something they're not supposed to. Confinement in a doggy cage or pen for when you are not able to be in the same room with them. We kept our lab puppy gated in the kitchen, until we discovered she had done quite a number on the kitchen moldings and corners. She then went into the big doggy cage. -Tink
• United States
23 Feb 08
Hello. My lab/Akita puppy chewed everything until he was almost a year old! He was so bad but we corrected him everytime, he even chewed up a whole couch!!! He finally grew out of it and now he is the best dog ever. BEST WISHES!
@bayernfan (1430)
• Canada
27 Feb 08
Chewing is fine as long as your dog chews the appropriate things. Make sure your pup has some chew toys and bones. If you catch the dog chewing something inappropriate, then stop him/her and give them the correct item(s) to chew. Praise your dog when he/she chews the right items. tashabear01 gave some good advice. I used to twist tea towels, wet them, sprinkle them with garlic powder and freeze them in the freezer. The garlic powder smell and taste will attract your pup, and the coolness of the frozen tea towel will soothe the teething pups gums. Only yell at the dog if you catch him/her in the act of chewing something inappropriate. Your dog won't remeber something that happened in the past, and will be confused if you yell at him/her for something they did previously that you weren't their to see. You just want to get the dog's attention not make the dog afraid of you so don't be abusive. Never hit the dog for correction. Once you have your dog's undevided attention give them the proper chew toy(s) and praise them for chewing the appropriate ones. positive reinforcement works better and won't produce more problems that might need fixing later. Good luck.
@lightningd (1042)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I hate to break it to you, but you have a long road ahead. Labs are usually prone to chew on stuff until about 3 years of age. It varies with breed, but all dogs go through a stage of chewing. Some longer than others. My boxer/border collie cross, Diddles used to demolish the garden hoses until he was about 2 1/2. It drove me nuts. In the first part of his life, he destroyed about 10 hoses. Now, I will say, that because we have to run water to water tanks for horses, we generally have hoses stretched out at any given time, but, he would even chew the ones that were coiled up. He finally outgrew it, and doesn't mess with them anymore. Keep encouraging him to chew correct items. Try several different kinds, eventually you'll find one that appears to be his favorite
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
23 Feb 08
welcome to the joys of having a pup...I have 2 chihauhauhs from the same litter AND I have the mom. So, I have a double dose of it. I have had them mom since she was just a puppy too, and they do grow out of it. In the mean time...get plenty of rawhide chews...and roll you up a newspaper and when he chews something up...take him to it, put his nose to it...tell him bad dog for chewing and swat him a few times...that worked great for our momma pup...hope this helps
@sallysue (326)
• Canada
22 Feb 08
Hi: When you find your dog chewing make eye contact with him and say a firm NO with a Low voice, than give him a bone and say YES in a high happy voice. Get all excited and make him realize that your really happy. Repeat this action several times at once. He'll eventually learn that he's done wrong. We've trained dogs for over twenty years and have good luck with this.
@BAHAMA (4)
22 Feb 08
i don't know because i do not own a lab..but i do know we own a 3 month old australian shepherd...although he is much loved and a wonderful puppy and sure is going to be a wonderful dog..he is a terror sometimes...he does the same thing..is getting better as he gets older though...he also used to do alot of the puppy biting which drove me crazy...the one problem i have is when we let him loose in the house he finds anything and everything to pick up and play with and relocate...like it is his own toy...just have to keep reinforcing "no!"...i bought some of that anti-chew spray and it seemed to work although it did not seem to bother him that much...i will tell you what really worked for me and sounds cruel i am sure to some..but when he was going through the puppy biting and it hurt!!, i would rub red pepper on my hands and that worked wonders...sometimes i would put it on certain things and he would leave it alone..i have found if you give him a great supply of his own toys and concentrate his attention on them, things seem to get better...good luck because i know how frustrating it is!!!
• United States
22 Feb 08
All puppies do it.... Go and buy some tennis balls, they love to chew those.
@heidibur (310)
• United States
22 Feb 08
i have to absolutley agree with tashabear01 I have worked with animals for over 8 years and chewing is normal but it depends on the age of your pup. and how you deal with him/her when he/she (i don't know what he/she is) when he/she chews and you catch them in the act. distract them .....( i'm just going to say her ) distract her when she starts chewing....yes every time.... and say no!!then play with her in/out which ever you prefer with one of HER toys and then tell her what a GOOD GIRL she is.
• United States
22 Feb 08
I have a six month old black lab puppy that I am still kind of in the process of breaking of her chewing habit. I took her to puppy training class and there we learned the most. When your dog starts chewing something tell him/her either no, leave it, eh eh... something that gets their attention. When you have their attention remove what they are chewing on and give them one of their toys that they are allowed to chew. You have to remain very vigilant of your dog cause when I asked the question, I was told it's not the dogs fault if they ruin something and you weren't watching. Just like you childproof a home, you have to dog proof it too. Good luck.
@player143 (879)
• India
21 Feb 08
Its hard to stop a pupy from chewing.non chewing sprays r not good for health.
• Canada
21 Feb 08
Pups mainly chew for 2 reasons, either they are teething (getting their adult teeth) or they are bored, I am not sure which one pertains to your pup cause I don't know the age, but I have found from my own personal experiences if it is because they are teething I have wet a rope bone & put it in the freezer for a couple of hours to help with the discomfort. If they are chewing because they are bored, as mine is currently doing I provide her with lots of chew toys, and lock up my shoes...lol If you catch the pup scold him/her and give them something they can chew, and praise like crazy. There are also some pet toys were they have to work to get a treat out this helps from keeping them bored. Hope this helps.
21 Feb 08
have you tried distracting the dog, as soon as it starts to chew something make a horrible loud noise like shaking stones in a bottle this will distract the dog and the dog will associate that when it chews something it will hear that horrible noise i hope this helped