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    Default 11 month old Winston is chewing doors, walls, and furniture... normal?

    Winston is an 11 month old Blenheim boy. He is healthy as can be and has a fairly normal appetite. He is very playful, etc. with no outwardly-obvious issues, except for the fact that he is EXTREMELY destructive.

    He has chewed multiple walls (at corners) down through the drywall to the metal beneath it, doorframes and wooden doors, corners of coffee and end tables, and most recently, the upholstered corners of our new king size bed frame.

    I have tried using Bitter Apple, disciplined him when I've caught him in the act, etc... nothing seems to work. I don't know if we aren't walking him enough, or if he has anxiety issues when my wife and I aren't home (he isn't alone, he has cats to play with) or what, but we are at our wits' end. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.

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    Most pups go through a chewing phase...I have a huge ottoman with a wood frame and both my dogs chewed all four corners when they were pups. So it's been repaired twice now. However, Winston's chewing sounds excessive with the walls, doorways, etc.

    How many hours a day is he home alone? Do you give him free reign of the house or is he crated? When does all this destruction happen? How often and for how long are you walking him in the morning?

    It sounds like he is bored and does not like when you leave him. Taking him on a really long walk in the morning would be a good start- at least 30 minutes of brisk walking. He should be in a crate or an ex-pen while you're gone and give him lots of "brain toys" to work on...Kongs, etc. that will keep him busy for hours. They also make a dispensing tool for kongs.
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    It's entirely normal!
    We've had the skirting board eaten,four corners off the coffee table,over 1,000 worth of shoes,side of leather recliner,roofing felt,chair legs,corner of computer table.
    Bitter apple spray just added a little piquancy to the flavour of the wood..
    I think it was just a teething phase she went through and stopped after plenty of exercise,supervision and training.Diversionary tactics worked too,but above all if you want to preserve your furniture don't let him have the run of the house.
    Sins

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    My two are always crated when we are away from home, and at bedtime. Have you ever used a crate? That way you know your house and the dog are both going to be OK when you return.
    Jato - Blenheim, Nov. 2007
    Zoey - Ruby, June 2008

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    Bitter apple spray just added a little piquancy to the flavour of the wood..
    I love it!!
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    then rescued by CaraMia and Minnie Moo.
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    Seriously though,the best thing you can do is place anything edible that costs you money and/or can do him damage out of reach.
    When you're not at home, fence him into a small area with nothing that he can destroy.Daisy now stays in our utility room in her crate with the door open. We're only away for four hours at the very most so she survives.
    She has a long walk in the morning so she's happy to rest while I go to work.
    A kong is a great toy,I just wish I'd bought one earlier,would have saved me a fortune
    Try to teach him to "leave it",This was the only thing that saved the skirting board in our house.
    Don't worry, he'll settle in time.
    I have the Dunbar book "The good little dog book" and again I wish I'd bought it when people here recommended it.
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