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We have a fantastic dalmation mix who is going to be a year old next month. We do not know what she is mixed with. We got her when she was 6 months old from a friend of ours. She is fantastic. Great with the kids, fun, loves to be loved. But, she chews anything and everything that is not nailed down and some things that are! She chewed a piece off one of my chairs in the living room. She chewed the plug off my vacuum cord (not plugged in, thankfully), she got up on some furniture, took a wreath off the wall and chewed it up. We put everything we can out of her reach when we are leaving her alone and we do still crate her when we leave the house. We just can't trust her to be alone for more than a few minutes. Even then, sometimes I come back from the bathroom to a surprise. She has chewed shoes, boots, countless toys (especially stuffed animals), and books. I'm sure there are other things that I cannot think of now.<br><br>
We do keep her supplied with chew toys. She chews hooves (I know, gross, but she really likes them), rawhide, general doggie chew toys from the store, and she has a kong (which is lost right now).<br><br>
Does anyone have any idea how much longer this will last? I really wish I didn't have to crate her anymore.
 

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Our lab chewed for just over 2 years. Strange as it seems, one day she just stopped, and only chewed her chew toys from that point on.
 

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Sounds like shes bored - before you leave her alone, get her totally worn out from walks or running, I bet youll see a decrease in damage. I realy recommend multiple, daily walks, no less than 30 minutes each if you can manage. Dogs are wired to roam, and if they arent allowed to do so they will become frustrated and show "unacceptable" behavior like this.<br><br>
When you go on walks make sure YOU are the pack leader, not your pup!<br><br>
Also, try a doggie backpack when you walk- with bottled water or something in it- to give your pup a job to do. THey like feeling important!
 

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It's not necessarily a puppy thing--it can be, but often it's just the temperament of the individual dog. I've got a four-year-old Dane who will ALWAYS chew certain objects (hairbrushes are a fave) if they're left out, and have had puppies that never chewed a thing. Chewing is just a super pleasurable activity.
 

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Yep, our 2 yr old bitch still chews--but she only chews what is hers, my male, has never chewed, he's never damaged anything, just wasn't his thing (until diapers came along--those are definitely edible and asking to be torn apart--especially those great cloth ones!)<br>
Have you tried giving her raw beef shank or knuckle bones? Way cheaper, better for her and more satisfying than rawhide. I give them frozen right from the freezer for less mess and better jaw cooling--especially great on a hot summer day!
 

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Thanks for your replies everyone! I'm hoping that she does outgrow it even though I was hoping it would be before age 2 - lol.<br><br>
Edlynsmom - I think you may have a point. When we first got her, we were really good about walking her 2,3 or 4 times a day. She did not do much chewing then. Her previous owner kept asking us if she chewed a lot, because they had a lot of problems with that. But, she really didn't. And, now that I think about it, this started around January, when we stopped walking her so much. The cold winter weather drove us to laziness, I'm afraid. We are going to try to be better. My dh is taking her out tonight.<br><br>
Shannon0218 - Where do you get those bones? Are they really messy? Only an outdoor thing, maybe?<br><br>
Thanks again everyone!
 

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Barb I just get them at my local grocery store, for a dog the size of your's I'd go for something 3-6" long. Knuckles are messier than shanks as more of the bone (the ball joint specifically) is edible and will be consumed. If you can't find them at your local store, ask the person behind the counter for custom cut soup bones. The other option is going to an actual butcher shop.<br>
I used to get them for free as scrap, but with the raw feeding revolution they realized they could make money off them.....and they do!
 

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I have an 11yo border collie mix.......and she still chews. But now its only when I dont take her with me......just to let me know she doesnt like it, she chews a piece of paper and leaves it by the door...then pretends to feel guilty about it when I get home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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