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22 September 2009 @ 07:52 pm
I don't know if these is a common thing with the breed but Chloe is a chewer, a heavy chewer lol, she has all kinds of toys and chewies but somtimes when im not looking she likes to chew on the corner of the wal or the door frame - i really don't want her eating plaster and wood. Any suggestions?
Jennylittlesunflower on September 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Daisy has this problem also. Sour Apple makes her throw up violently, so I'd like to avoid it. I'm interested to see what people suggest.
Nancieeicnan on September 23rd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Try tabasco sauce or cayene pepper. Of course I'm not vet so be prepared for her to throw up again but I'm thinking at least with the pepper it's natural so at worst runny stool the first time she tries it. Although not sure you can stick pepper on vertical objects.
Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on September 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Bitter Yuck? Tito's immune to it but my other two hate the taste of it. Just be careful about getting it on your skin because it sticks with you for a day, no matter how hard you try to scrub your skin clean.
noisywallflowernoisywallflower on September 22nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
I have this spray that works for Sadie called Bitter End. She doesn't chew on anything I spray it on.
sweet_symph0ny on September 23rd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
thanks all for the info, i will look in to bitter yuck - i dont know if the sell it at my local store though. another quick question, do your pups like wearing clothes? I want to get chloe a jacket for the winter, we live in newfoundland, ca and it gets cold. But my boyfriend thinks it's silly lol.
scrambledfishscrambledfish on September 25th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Bandit is like the Borg w/the bitter sprays: no matter what try it twice and it either has no effect or he likes it. He's a serious chewer so it was a serious problem.

What's worked for a while now is that when we're not around we keep him in an area that keeps him from his favorite targets (carpeting, and I mean RIPPING SQUARE FEET UP AND EATING IT ALL, my work/office stuff, clothing, occasionally walls). When we're home we let him run around and keep squirt bottles handy b/c he hates them (or noisy crinkly junk mail envelopes b/c he hates the sound of them), and when he chews something inappropriate we give him a squirt or two and say "NO" really firmly while he's in the act. If he noses too much in problem spots I'll give him a warning "uhuh". After a while the warning was pretty much enough, and now he barely goes for chewing the really bad stuff. He's picked up other bad habits instead, but they're less dangerous and mostly b/c he's bored and wants attention so it's a little different of a problem.

Also we rewarded him w/praise or treats when he'd sniff but then leave problem areas alone or ignore them from the start. The ignoring one is more difficult to explain, but basically he had certain times that he was more likely to run off and try to dig up the carpet, so if he instead comes over and sits by me or goes for a toy we reward that.