What to do about dog chewing on things?

United States
June 2, 2009 5:12pm CST
I have a pit bull and she is about 10 months now. I thought she was going to grow out of the "chewing up everything" stage but apparently she hasn't. What do you do to keep your dog from chewing up everything?
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• Philippines
2 Jun 09
I guess it's normal with the dog to chew on things they like it's part of their playing and growing up. It's abnormal if we let them stop doing it. I think we should just give them toys for chew. There are things available in stores for dogs to bite. In case dogs keep on chewing things everything they see we can discipline them but it would takes time, effort and money and we have to be ready for this if we wanted to keep our dogs in our house.
• United States
3 Jun 09
Yeah I think you are right, preparing for a puppy in the house is like preparing for a child. Guess I have to start puppy proofing and doing a little better on the discipline. Thanks.
@jennawash (163)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Puppies don't typically outgrow chewing until almost 2 years old. Some dogs, especially if they are home alone alot, may always feel the need to chew to calm themselves. I constantly have a supply of rawhide chews in the house...and big chews also...none of those little things that are gone in one bite. We raise Mastiffs and Jack Russells...so hyperactivity and chewing go hand in hand in our house... I never invest in "rubber, squeaky" toys...my dogs just always ate them and then got sick. Something they can digest is much better for them.
• United States
3 Jun 09
I think you hit it right on the head lol. My puppy is very hyperactive with a high metabolism and when she get's bored or she is left alone she goes on a rampage lol. And she loves playing with tug toys or ropes, but if it is anything plastic she eats them. So maybe I should get her new toys to play with as well as rawhide chews.
• United States
3 Jun 09
We have a pit also and he loves to chew. I bought him a kennel. At first I was hesitant, I knew that I could not trust him in my house alone and that he had to sleep inside and be inside when we were not home but I did not want to put him in a "cage." I bought a rather large kennel (it was not cheap) and then we staarted putting him in there at night (this also helped with house training). I get up several times a night and so I would take him out to do his business and then tell him that it was time to go to bed. He quickly learned that "go to your room" means that he needs to get in his kennel. I keep it in the living room becuase he snores louder than my husband, and my little boy absolutly loves his "house". At first he tore up his pillow that we had in there but after a week of having to sleep on the hard floor he has never chewed up another one. We also keep him and out girl (an Austrailian Sheppard) in supply of chew bones. This has saved so much more money than I spent on his house. It really was worth it. My suggestion is to get the biggest one you can afford becuase they get so big and you want him to be comfortable and not have to buy another one. Good luck