HELP--My black lab is chewing everything!!!

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HELP--My black lab is chewing everything!!!

Post by Grantai » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Can anyone tell me how to best cure this destructive behavior? I have to leave
my 1 year-old black lab in the ba***t while I'm at work each day. No matter
how many chew toys I leave down there, he'd much prefer to devour the old sofa,
which he has almost chewed to the frame. I started leaving the radio on for
him, which worked for a couple of weeks, but he reverted to his same old
behavior. I'd love to let him roam the house, but I can't risk that he'll gnaw
on the furniture I bought to replace my old set. I got the dog from a friend
six months ago. He was found abandoned, so I don't know if he was badly
mistreated prior to being dumped. At a year-old, is it too late to try crate
training him? I want to get him to an obedience class, but I've been told by a
few people that it won't cure the chewing problem. Any input would be greatly
appreciated.

 
 
 

HELP--My black lab is chewing everything!!!

Post by JSC » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Sounds like this guy needs a crate...badly.  If he was mistreated, he probably has
a bit of separation anxiety...and is bored to boot.  Labs are mouthy and energetic,
and your boy is understimulated, bored, and probably anxious.

It's never too late to crate.  My mom came into possession of a 2-year-old Lab and
while he didn't LOVE the crate at first, he goes in it now at night with no
problem.

Try crating him while you're out.  If you can, hire someone to come in mid-day and
walk him.  When you leave in the morning, don't make a fuss over him; likewise when
you get home.  Be sure he has toys.  Give him lots of loving when you're home.
Walk him...LONG walks, twice a day.  Talk to him.

Good luck, keep us posted.

Jill

Quote:

> Can anyone tell me how to best cure this destructive behavior? I have to leave
> my 1 year-old black lab in the ba***t while I'm at work each day. No matter
> how many chew toys I leave down there, he'd much prefer to devour the old sofa,
> which he has almost chewed to the frame. I started leaving the radio on for
> him, which worked for a couple of weeks, but he reverted to his same old
> behavior. I'd love to let him roam the house, but I can't risk that he'll gnaw
> on the furniture I bought to replace my old set. I got the dog from a friend
> six months ago. He was found abandoned, so I don't know if he was badly
> mistreated prior to being dumped. At a year-old, is it too late to try crate
> training him? I want to get him to an obedience class, but I've been told by a
> few people that it won't cure the chewing problem. Any input would be greatly
> appreciated.

 
 
 

HELP--My black lab is chewing everything!!!

Post by Petra » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> Can anyone tell me how to best cure this destructive behavior? I have to leave
> my 1 year-old black lab in the ba***t while I'm at work each day. No matter
> how many chew toys I leave down there, he'd much prefer to devour the
old sofa,
> which he has almost chewed to the frame. I started leaving the radio on for
> him, which worked for a couple of weeks, but he reverted to his same old
> behavior. I'd love to let him roam the house, but I can't risk that he'll gnaw
> on the furniture I bought to replace my old set. I got the dog from a friend
> six months ago. He was found abandoned, so I don't know if he was badly
> mistreated prior to being dumped. At a year-old, is it too late to try crate
> training him? I want to get him to an obedience class, but I've been told by a
> few people that it won't cure the chewing problem. Any input would be greatly
> appreciated.

I would definitely crate train. Over several weeks gradually leave him in the
crate longer and longer. It might be another year before he is able to handle
freedom without chewing. And please do take him to obedience class; the men-
tal stimulation is good for him and a dog this size needs to be trained.

Petra in Tacoma, WA

 
 
 

HELP--My black lab is chewing everything!!!

Post by scou » Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:


>> Can anyone tell me how to best cure this destructive behavior? I have to
leave
>> my 1 year-old black lab in the ba***t while I'm at work each day. No
matter
>> how many chew toys I leave down there, he'd much prefer to devour the
>old sofa,
>> which he has almost chewed to the frame. I started leaving the radio on
for
>> him, which worked for a couple of weeks, but he reverted to his same old
>> behavior. I'd love to let him roam the house, but I can't risk that he'll
gnaw
>> on the furniture I bought to replace my old set. I got the dog from a
friend
>> six months ago. He was found abandoned, so I don't know if he was badly
>> mistreated prior to being dumped. At a year-old, is it too late to try
crate
>> training him? I want to get him to an obedience class, but I've been told
by a
>> few people that it won't cure the chewing problem. Any input would be
greatly
>> appreciated.

A question to those more enlightened than I.  Is this a chewing thing or is
this dog going through separation anxiety?

scout