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Lab puppies
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Dixie Mulford    Posted 02-05-2005 at 15:52:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a 6 month old yellow lab, and he is a chewing machine!!! We have bought toys, made toys, and everything else we can think up, but he is destroying shrubs, outdoor furniture, and every toy he has is in pieces!! He has swallowed more than I like to think about!! Please, does anybody have any ideas? Don't say get rid of him, he'll probably have to chew the house down before that happens, most likely not even then!!


Linda/Utah    Posted 02-05-2005 at 21:18:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
He's being a normal Lab puppy (sigh - been there). I agree with bo - supervision and confinement when you can't be with him are your only sure cures. He will grow out of it, but meanwhile your patience will be tried. I used to get beef knuckle bones from the butcher. One would last my Lab pup slightly more than one day, but she wouldn't be chewing on anything else while she had that bone.

My Newfoundland (ancestor to the Lab) ate part of the house siding, the phone box, and the trim on an outdoor spa when he was a pup. We didn't have a kennel for him - just a fenced backyard. It would have been kinder and better if we had had a kennel to confine him in when we were at work.
Crate training is good for any dog to learn. We have an outside kennel for our dogs. That's where they stay when we can't be home with them. Our Australian Shepherd tends to dig, so the ground under his kennel is covered with chain link with several inches of wood chips on top of the fencing.

Good luck to you - he'll be a great dog in a few months.


Gunner    Posted 02-05-2005 at 19:17:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's normal. Give em real bones to chew on and concentrate on two commands: 1) Come. 2.)No
Nothing else to confuse their mind


RichZ    Posted 02-05-2005 at 18:30:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Most dogs don't really become mature until they're at least 2 years old. Labs often don't mature until about 3. Young dogs often chew. To protect things you don't want them to chew, try buying some Bitter Apple spray at a pet store. It's a non-toxic spray, that tastes too bitter for most dogs, and usually stops them from chewing things. Spray it on whatever you think the dog will chew, and it may stop him.


~Lenore    Posted 02-05-2005 at 17:51:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Come hot summer time dont go walking in his yard in the dark!
you could end up half way to China in on of his fresh dug holes.
My son had a lab and my advice is dont leave anything in his reach that you value.
They will chew anything that even partialy fits in their mouth.
You can work on discipline training but it takes a lot of time and patience on your part. :-)


paula    Posted 02-05-2005 at 17:33:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Remember; puppies are cute so you don't kill them. Not only is he in the teetihng/chewing/psychopup faze, he's a lab - a mouthy dog. You need to provide him the physical and mental stimulation he requires (which is a lot) and things to chew that are appropriate. Raw meaty bones, stuffed kongs (btw stuff them and freeze them and use them instead of a meal and they last longer), stuffed toys, you name it. Yelling at him for chewing - no matter how good it feels (trust me, I know, I've raised ridgeback puppies)in the least makes no difference and at worst just stimulates more play. Teach him tricks, teach him fetch, find things for him to do and you'll both be happier. Don't worry, it will wear off...in about 10yrs.

Paula


BOSS    Posted 02-05-2005 at 17:18:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
He needs more exercise, LOTS of it. and only give him one or two toys to chew on. disapline him on the one or two toys. But make sure he has enough exercise. He is just letting off steam.


KatG    Posted 02-05-2005 at 17:13:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had alittle poodle once that love to chew up my undies...Had to be carful when I got undressed if I let anything laying around...He would come draging them out usually chewed up...That little man lived to be 12 years old and still was a panty bandit...KAtG


Clipper    Posted 02-05-2005 at 16:39:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Two things puppies are famous for....chewing an pooping.... :^) Both activities will test yer patience! LOL!! A large crate will help reduce the amount of damage he does on the chewing.....course then ya can't tell everbody that ya got antique designer furniture.


bo    Posted 02-05-2005 at 16:36:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aw shucks...he'll grow out of it.....with luck.
Best you can be told is to restrict his movements to a small area and give him toys to chew on...a large Kong is fairly indestructable. It does boil down to let him grow up a bit more.
If you haven't got him crate trained, do so....you can put him up when you're not a home.


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