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7/27/08 10:18 P

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Toby chews on sticks outside and chew ropes inside at times. I have noticed if 4-legged grands come and try to get his ropes, he will take them and not put them down, hence chewing away. My dh said not to buy Toby anymore. But we do. Dh just likes to fuss and then forgets it. lol

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7/27/08 7:55 P

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Two of our dogs LOVE to chew on plastic soda/water bottles and chew the caps off! One of them is the lab but he likes to chew on everything else too! LOL

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7/27/08 7:31 P

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We must have a defective dog....Buck doesn't chew on anything! When we got him a year ago, we bought him this HUGE chew toy...he never touched it! lol

The only thing he chews on...we will give him an empty 2-liter pop bottle & screw on the cover. Within a minute the cap is off...


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7/24/08 8:08 A

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Someone had told my dh that hot seasonings (hot pepper juice, etc) would work but because I don't like it and it hurts me, I was afraid to try it. I don't want to try anything that might hurt one of our children. lol

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7/23/08 9:49 P

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The spray stuff is great if your dog doesn't end up liking it. My trainer told me the "proper" way to use it was to put some on your hand and then scrape your hand across your dog's tongue so he would get a good taste. Then when he smelled the product, he wouldn't want to chew/bite/lick it.

That was great advice and it worked the first 3 times I had to use it (believe it or not, it wasn't even on furniture - he was licking bandages that were on his feet). Then I had to "remind" him what the product was supposed to do. The last time I had to use it, he totally mocked me by licking immediately after I applied it! Needless to say, it's no longer effective. Maybe someday it will again be effective, but neither of my dogs are chewers so it really doesn't matter.

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7/22/08 7:54 P

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Toby did outgrown chewing on furniture legs. Now, he still loves to chew on sticks outside.

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7/22/08 2:36 P

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I had put some on there a while ago. Guess it must have worn off by now. Time to put more on!!! LOL

We don't dare take him to my in-laws cause they have a log home. That would just be a gigantic chew toy for Max!!! LOL

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7/22/08 11:17 A

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Get some of that spray and spay the coffee table legs. I know it works, cause it worked for me with Toby and dd's pups (who I kept whenever they go somewhere). It doesn't hurt them. I reckon there is something in the smell but I haven't noticed any odor.

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7/22/08 9:19 A

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Morning all!

You know that pair of wooden clogs that I thought I had to throw away? I found them last night!!! Actually, our room mate found them. Guess I didn't throw them out after all. Thank goodness cause they are so comfy! Thankfully they are still wearable.

Would you believe that Max tried chewing on the coffee table TWICE right in front of me last night? Goofy, freakin' pup!!!

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7/21/08 11:29 A

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My dh would have gone balistic if any of our dogs or grand-dogs chewed the walls or doors. They have liked to check the base of kitchen table and rockerchair rockers (all wood items) but that is it. Now outside, they have all chewed and toted sticks, limbs and even logs for the fireplace. Toby (our lab) literally tore up the wood pile, one small log at a time.

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7/21/08 11:09 A

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I have 2 labs that are both 4 (they were born four days a part) from different breeders and they are THE laziest animals you've ever seen! So reading all of the stuff is funny, but I do have one chew story that just happened a couple of weeks ago - my female, Reno, is totally neurotic and we don't know why, but I was outside using a weed-whacker and she was in the house. It started to thunder, but I couldn't really hear it because of the weeding. I went inside, and she had chewed half of the bedroom door off trying to get in there, 'cause that's her space. She wanted to be with me (she has to be with people in the storms), but since I was outside, I guess that's next best. So I have a lovely, half-chewed bedroom door now. I'm sure they chewed as pups, but it probably was lessened by the fact they could chew on each other emoticon

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7/20/08 11:13 P

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We have only had Bandit for two weeks. He is a mess. He is currently living in the bathroom because he is still "quarentined" for the moment due to coxidea. But I got the brilliant idea to let him come out and play with Pepper our cocker spaniel in the living room. Well, I had Bandit attached to the leg of the coffee table and I let Pepper free off his lead because Bandit was playing rough and I wanted Pepper to be able to get away. Well, Pepper did end up running, and Bandit lurched to follow him and tore the leg off the coffee table. I was in shock.
Tony and I don't know what we are going to do when he is out of the bathroom. He has to get his cone off his head (he is burned all down his back, and we found him like that 2 wks ago-burned and infected)first, and has to get an okay from the doctor that all his worms and parasites are gone.
We did get a tie out rod for both the dogs so they can be outside playing and get out their energy outside. We do have busy bones for them to keep them busy for when they do come in. We will see how it goes.
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7/19/08 11:09 P

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your pup takes the cake, stephanniel. :o)

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7/19/08 10:48 P

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Oh, we still love them no matter what they do.

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7/19/08 10:44 P

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Yeah, apparently wood product is fair game in Max's eyes. LOL He didn't eat the spoon just chewed it I think.
My all time favorites though, he got ahold of my husbands Red Sox hat and chewed the brim of that and got ahold of a box of simulator bullets. Thankfully he didn't eat those. That would not have been fun. LOL
Thankfully the majority of the time he is just to damn cute for his own good!

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thankfully walt cant reach the counter and hasnt figured out the standing on his hind legs. he ate a wooden spoon? that's pretty funny.. did he swallow it?
just curious.. walter has never swallowed anything thankfully.. (that's his brother's job)
and, the clogs... i feel for you on that one.

we tried the spray on walter.... when duncan was a pup walter would go right for his neck and bite him pretty terribly. we got the spray, sprayed it on duncan's neck. walter licked it off.. i guess it's better than biting it off.
never thought about the kitchen table.. glad we had an iron table when he was teething!!!

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7/19/08 9:33 P

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Toby main chew is wood. As a puppy, he chewed the base of the kitchen table. We bought that spray to stop dogs from chewing or bothering furniture. It did work.

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LOL I have no idea what my dear husband thought made that hole. It wasn't a hole actually, more like a giant scrape like he had taken the first layer of the drywall off. I had heard someone say onetime that their lab did that so I knew what it was when I saw it or I probably would've wondered what happened there too. LOL We have never owned a lab until Max and it has definately been an experience. A fun and sometimes frustrating one but an experience nonetheless.

He has chewed on two pairs of my favorite clogs from Hanna Anderson( the wooden kind), one so much so that I had to get rid of them. He has chewed on several measuring spoons/cups, pulled knives off the counter, eaten one of my wooden spoons. *sigh* The list just gets longer. LOL We now double check how far back things are on the counter if we have to leave something out.

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ha-that is really funny... glad mine isnt the only one that does stuff like that (referring to both dogs and the men.. :o) ) i do wonder though was exactly r. thought the noise of walt's chewing was, and what your husband thought made the hole in the laundry room...
im actually surprised walt hasnt started chewing again because he cant have bones or anything (allergies) and this is a dog that really looked forward to his bones.
although, r. did give me a pair of really expensive slippers that someone chewed. the lab was hiding under the table when i got up, and the mastiff wouldnt look at me, so who did it is anyone's guess.......


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7/19/08 4:39 P

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KIYOSHI04- Are you sure that Walter and our Max don't share a puppy brain?! LOL Max chews on EVERYTHING including the wall. My dear, sweet, ignorant husband(and I do say that with love! LOL) didn't believe me when I told him that Max had chewed on the drywall in the laundry room. Didn't believe me until he heard him doing it in the bedroom one night. THEN he believed me. LOL

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7/18/08 11:37 P

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Just keep working with her. Abby gets better and better everyday. Now mom's problem is she swallows the chews if they are little. She doesn't want to take the time to eat them. She thinks she will miss out on something. It is kind of crazy because she doesn't have any competition at home.

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7/18/08 9:51 P

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She will calm down some with time. Good luck training her.

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7/18/08 8:54 P

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I BROUGHT HER IN TODAY AND WORKED WITH HER. SHE DID VERY GOOD! SHE DID ATTACK MY CHIHUAHUA THOUGH AND MADE HER WET THE FLOOR!! SHE JUST WANTS TO PLAY. I BOUGHT HER A KONG TODAY. SOMEONE SAID FILL WITH PEANUT BUTTER? I JUST PUT A TREAT INSIDE AND SHE LIKES IT!!

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CM - I'm not a fan of dogs being kept outside, but I'm sure it can be okay if they have adequate shade & water in the summer & a nice warm place to stay in the winter. I'm so glad you're bringing her in when it's really hot out. It will be hard for her to learn how to behave in the house unless she's allowed to be in the house with you & be trained. They don't automatically know what to do, so we have to drill them over & over again.

Like the others have said, Labs love to chew, so I'd be sure to give Minnie lots of chew toys that will present a challenge & keep her occupied. My Bosco has many Kongs & lots of femur bones that I stuff with peanut butter & treats. I prepare them ahead of time & keep them in the freezer. He gets a Kong & a bone when I leave for work & he's a happy camper off & on all day long.

It's great that Minnie gets so much play, walk & swim time. Labs are puppies for at least the first 1-2 years & they're a challenge for sure. When Bosco was a pup, there were times when I'd just sit & cry, wondering how I'd ever get him to calm down & stop chewing stuff up. But with perseverance & lots of attention he finally outgrew the destructive behavior. He's loose in the house all the time & never bothers anything except his own toys.

Good luck with your baby Minnie. Hey, maybe she needs her own pet cat or something.

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okay you guys are lucky... walter chewed through our wall (i wont mention the fact that my boyfriend was about 3 feet away and didnt hear it..)has chewed up countless shoes, ate the rug, started gnawing on the porch, amongst other things. and, i worked at a petstore, so i was constantly bringing him home bones and toys...
but, walter is NOTHING compared to the mastiff, who doesnt chew stuff as much as just...swallow them.

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Toby has been raised in the house. He was crated the first month at night and when we had to somewhere but never left him along over a couple of hours. He has never chewed shoes but does chew sticks and limbs. We have many chew toys for him that he demolishes with a couple of hours (or he used to) but lately he plays with them longer and doesn't destroy with non-stop chewing. Toby is now a little over 6 years.

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Cooper had a ton of toys too....he likes his kong with a banana mushed inside and then frozen...he never really chewed anything other then the pillow when we left him alone for 9 hours at about 7 months old...its pretty funny, its on my spark page...he is still crated when we are out.

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CarryLM is right -- some dogs never outgrow chewing. I gave both of my labs plenty of "approved" chew toys when they were puppies, so they never got into the destructive chewing behavior.

Your bathroom is probably fine -- I would invest in some Kongs and put peanut butter in them and then freeze them. That's good for teething puppies, and they get a nice treat in a virtually indestructible container. My lab Fenway is still crated when I'm not home, and he's 16 months old.

If you're going to leave your dog outside on the not-so-hot days, be sure she has some sort of dog house or covered area she can retreat to (maybe an area where she can dig a hole under a tree). I never leave my dogs out, so I can't say what's too hot (though anything over 80 is probably too hot). My lab Rita is a princess and when the temperature gets over 70, she's right back at the door after doing her business; unless I can entice her to play ball.

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Some out grow the chewing some don't. Right now she is probably teething. Maybe get her lots of chew bones. Abby right now is getting her big girl teeth and is really chewing but she is learning what to chew and what she can't. If you have plenty of water outside and shade Minnie should be alright out there. Mine spends all day outside when we are gone except when it is cold out but she is and old lady dogs (8). I have a pool that is full and a bowl of water and lots of trees for shade. But when we are home she is inside in the air conditioning on the couch.

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I have had my lab Minnie for 3 months. We have her outside, but it is so hot some day I bring her in my bathroom (it's big I promise). I can't let her lose in the house cause she chews EVERYTHING. Is she safe outside? Will she outgrow the destructiveness? She chewed apart my outdoor swing in 1 day. She gets lots of play and a daily 2 mile walk with swim time. She also has a pool outside.

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