Post by expectantsteelerfan on Mar 11, 2017 10:46:40 GMT -5
I'm new here (usually on DWP and MMM) and not sure if this is an active board, but figured I'd post and see since we just got our puppy in late Jan. She is 4.5 months old and overall things are going really well (exhausting, but well), but this is the first time I've had a puppy since I was a little kid and even though I did a ton of research, and pretty sure it's normal puppy chewing, etc., I'd love some first hand experience as to when the 'chewing everything' phase might end.... We do filled kongs, nylabones, bully sticks, filled bones, a variety of regular toys, but when we go outside all she wants to do is chew sticks/bushes/roots/mulch, and when we come inside it's clothing/people/furniture/ANYTHING. We've got our main floor pretty well set up so that we can easily watch her constantly when she's not in her crate or the play yard and just keep reminding her 'no biting' on things that aren't hers and redirecting her to something that is. But we have to keep the stairs to the upstairs and downstairs blocked because there's no way we can watch her on either other floor because the kid's stuff is just everywhere and she is attracted to all of it to chew on. So today she spent a good half hour sitting at the door to the basement stairs whining because the kids were down there playing and she wanted to be down there too. I tried to take her down for a few minutes and within seconds of being down there she chewed up a nerf dart, picked up several shoes, and was going after a barbie doll when I picked her up and took her back upstairs. Luckily she hasn't destroyed anything of value yet, and I know we've only had her for less than 2 months, but I can't help feeling like we'll never have a dog that can just hang out with us while we do anything other than specifically play with her inside. So anyone want to give me hope that someday (whenever that may be) if we keep up what we are doing, she'll grow out of it???
Our pup is now 2 years old and will still chew on mulch and sticks. We scooped up all the mulch (and decorative grasses and all the bushes except for the lilac bushes) in the fall, and once spring hits, we will lay down sod in the two areas of the backyard.
Inside, we finally took down the baby gates blocking his access to the stairs and kitchen cook area. Granted, we still prefer to have one of us on the same level, just because, but he's pretty good about not chewing anything that isn't a toy anymore. Granted, we're about to have baby #1, so that may change.
We trained ourselves to put our shoes away in a closet as soon as we get home. He's good now about no longer chewing our shoes if we leave them out, but it did take a while to train this.
Just keep re-directing. We like the West Paw brand of toys, our labs chew to their hearts content, and we only have to replace every 2ish years. This is the longest lasting toy we've found.