Big Dogs

United States
October 21, 2009 9:22pm CST
I love big dogs and I have a fairly large Great Dane Boxer mix that weighs roughly 110 pounds. His name is Bruno and he is the most loving dog I have ever had, BUT he has a problem. He chews and eats everything in my house, and I'm not talking shoe's, clothes, or anything like that. He eats doors, walls, furniture, bedposts, and everything in between. Getting rid of him is not even an option and I hate leaving him outside. The vet says it's anxiety or could be lack of exercise. has anyone else had this problem? what was the best way to fix the problem?
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
24 Oct 09
First, consider what might be going on in your dog's life to make him anxious, and try to eliminate the problem as much as possible. Is he left alone for long periods of time? Maybe he's just trying to get out of the house. I had a friend whose dog actually chewed a way out of his mobile home. Some dogs just have anxious personalities, just like people, and your vet may be able to prescribe medication to deal with it. Next, make sure he gets plenty of outdoor exercise, to the point of exhaustion, at least once a day. Be careful not to over-exercise him, though, and don't shortly before or after eating since it can cause bloat. Be sure he has plenty of heavy-duty chew toys. Anytime you catch him chewing on anything he isn't supposed to, distract him from it with a chew toy. You need to gently but firmly teach him what he's allowed to chew on and what isn't. Play games with him a few times a day. He could just be bored. If you haven't already, I'd suggest taking him to obedience training classes and asking a professional for his help and advice. You really need to be able to control this big dog before he eats you, literally, out of house and home!
• United States
24 Oct 09
I've tried most of what you have stated but it's still a problem. Another thing I have heard of is some dogs have OCD and the symptoms are the same as what my dog Bruno seems to have. Obedience training I would think is expensive.
• United States
29 Oct 09
as a dog trainer dogs have this issue when they are teething or under stress or jus wanted attention if u gamble with them with treats they will tend to listen to u . try practiceing for 10 min a day command and hand signal then phrase .give a treat to your dog for good behavior but if he doesnt reply then no treat then on certain days gamble with him dont give a treat and see if he or she listens .
• China
22 Oct 09
Hi,icediablo. I have a french bull dog ,obviously,she is much smaller than Bruno.But i had face the same problem when she was 1 years old,she also chews and eats everything in my house,and she had even chewed a power plug!!So i had began anxiety since then.To train them well,punishment is essencial.You have to let him know what he does is right or not,and every dog is clever,he will understand later.