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 LabLove » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Nope, not too late and MUCH safe than being locked in te ba***t.  My
Labgirl was also VERY destructive and I worried about her eating bad stuff,
chewing electrical cords, etc. etc. etc.  Please crate him.  Safer for him,
safer for your furniture and it will make you a much, much happier
Labfriend.
--
Michelle, Cassie the Lab (aka LittleOne) and JakeyBuddy the GSDx
to e-mail, remove the "_"

P.S.  Labs are NOTORIOUS chewers but they DO grow out of it.  It took mine
until she was almost three but we have no problems now (well, almost no
problems -- she still seems to like paper towels <G>).

 
 
 

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

Post by Jennifer Fe » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> .... 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.

Personally, I didn't want to leave our lab in the crate for more than 2
hours during the day, so we built two "pens"  -- an indoor pen that is 4
foot by 4 foot (so it's significantly larger than a crate) and an
outdoor pen that is about 8 by 8 foot.

Mostly, however, we take him to "daycare" where he's playing with other
dogs all day.

I think you're friends are right, obedience class won't stop chewing
(I've been told it's normal for labs to chew for 2 years)--rather
appropriate confinement and sufficient exercise are the keys to managing
it.

 Jennifer & Fresno (Black Lab, 6 months)

 
 
 

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

Post by Richard Hurwit » Thu, 18 Jun 1998 04:00:00


-and tons of chew toys might help distract him from the shoes and furniture.
Richard

Quote:


> > .... 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.

> Personally, I didn't want to leave our lab in the crate for more than 2
> hours during the day, so we built two "pens"  -- an indoor pen that is 4
> foot by 4 foot (so it's significantly larger than a crate) and an
> outdoor pen that is about 8 by 8 foot.

> Mostly, however, we take him to "daycare" where he's playing with other
> dogs all day.

> I think you're friends are right, obedience class won't stop chewing
> (I've been told it's normal for labs to chew for 2 years)--rather
> appropriate confinement and sufficient exercise are the keys to managing
> it.

>  Jennifer & Fresno (Black Lab, 6 months)

 
 
 

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

Post by christine gardn » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00


No, it's not too late.  I crate-trained my rescue lab at 7 months old - it was
a very quick, painless process and has transformed my relationship with the
dog.  I'm now sure she won't destroy the house when I'm away, and when we
travel she comes along, with her crate, so we know she won't destroy our
friends' guest rooms or hotel rooms.  I volunteer at our local shelter, and
many of the people who adopt *** dogs subsequently crate train them, with few
or no problems in most cases.  Good luck,

Christine

 
 
 

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

Post by Shannon Larki » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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.

Go ahead and crate train him, it's not too late.  It will do wonders for
your relationship with your dog, and your and his stress level.

Friends of mine crate-trained their year-old dobie X with GREAT success
- it changed theirs and her lives.  Yisa went from an anxious,
trembling, seperation anxiety-ridden horror show (ate a couch, several
rugs, destroyed two entire rooms, howled all day) to a relaxed, more
confident dog simply by the addition of a crate in her life.  It gave
her a safe place to be during the day, and a place to retreat to when
the going got rough (in her mind).  She would put herself in whenever
she saw people putting on coats or shoes, and curl up and wait for her
cookie.  No howling, no whining, nothing.  Now, at 8, she no longer uses
the crate, but boy what a difference it made when it was needed!

As for the chewing - if the dog is chewing out of stress, the crate may
well cure that, too.  It's worth a try!

-Shannon & Guinness (also crate-trained)

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

Post by DOTS 1 » Mon, 29 Jun 1998 04:00:00


my 5 year old golden has all of a sudden started a chewing spree. this dog has
been always very well behaved. this weekend he started tearing up my berber
carpet and is working on all my door moldings. ireally love him but we have had
a bad weekend. please someone give me ideas.

 
 
 

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

Post by black.. » Mon, 29 Jun 1998 04:00:00


: my 5 year old golden has all of a sudden started a chewing spree. this
dog has : been always very well behaved. this weekend he started tearing
up my berber : carpet and is working on all my door moldings. ireally love
him but we have had : a bad weekend. please someone give me ideas.

The subject line says "black lab" and you speak of "golden"?

Anytime there is a sudden and unexpected change in behavior the first
thing to rule out is physical problems.  Discuss the sitiuation with your
veterinarian.  Also look at changes in routine and in the dog's
environment such as recent construction, kids playing with firecrackers, a
person who was at home going to work, new pets or people in the household,
reduced opportunity for exercise, changes in relationships etc.

Diane Blackman

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"Dogs that are trained by handlers who do not try to understand how their
companions learn will never be able to quite master the rules of the
game."  "Smart Trainers -- Brilliant Dogs" by Janet Lewis