Sammy the Terrible
Just when I thought I had the whole dog training thing down, something new comes up. Chewing…
Ugh… I think she’s bored (because she is in her dog crate for a few hours a day while I’m at the kids belts office) and is taking it out on us, the kids’ toys, random household objects…
When I get home from work, which isn’t late mind you because I head home after getting the kids from school, I let her out of her crate and she immediately goes to the kids rooms and finds the tastiest looking toys and begins to munch away. You would think that Nerf Gun was peanut butter flavored or something.
It’s beginning to get a bit depressing seeing the massacre laid out on Bugs dolls, chewed hands, feet, heads. Poor Bug, I hope she’s not scarred for life. Here is the latest victim to fall prey to Sammy’s reign:
Here’s my question, how do I stop this from happening? She’s now 7 months old and I’m wondering if this is still the “puppy” faze or will she always be a chewer? I’m not sure we can afford to keep replacing the things that she is destroying.
I buy her chew bones (she DEVOURS them in minutes). I buy her stuffed chew tpys (they torn to shreds in no time). She chews on sticks in the yard, chair legs, pretty much anything she can get her mouth around! If she was a toddler, I’d swear she was teething. At what point to dogs have all of their teeth? Could that be the problem?
I’m not quite at my wits end, but it’s getting close. We would never get rid of Sam-a-lam-a-ding-dong-doggie, but geesh, my wallet would sure appreciate a reprieve from replacing things!