Desperate For Help With CHEWING EVERYTHING!

by Joyce
(Boynton Beach, FL)

Always ready to play

Always ready to play

Always ready to play
My first day at home- I love my brother

My husband and I have a 1 year old beautiful Aussie named Zoe. We have had her since she was approximately 6 weeks (maybe younger), when we adopted her from a shelter. Our problem is this, she chews everything: my husband's shoes, our small area rugs (rubber backing and all), my husband's Engineering books for school, baseboards, cabinet corners, wall corners (we rent) etc... And besides the possible medical issues I am sure can be connected with what she eats, he is fed up and wants to get rid of her. I will not allow this, but it is causing issues.

We chose Zoe and we may not have known at the time about Aussies, but I have read enough to know they are working dogs and therefore need an outlet for their energy. The problem lies in that I am gone from 6 am to 5 pm monday through Friday. When I get home, I do play with her, if only fetch, but enough to tire her out. I then make dinner, feed the pets, clean up, and am wiped out, so I have no more energy to do anything with her for the night. He is home during the day, but is very busy with homework, and running errands for me that I don't have time to do after work. I need to know if a professional trainer may be able to help, or give me further ideas to entertain her and keep her mind and body active.

I do not want to part with my Zoe, she is the best dog I have ever owned. But, in fairness to her, am I causing her unhappiness? She is a very loving, wonderful dog. Are there other games and toys I can get for her to help with her destructive behavior? I do need to let you know, every single toy we have ever gotten her, and there have been ALOT, she has eaten/destroyed. We have found 2 tuffy-tuf dog toys, that she has not been able to destroy, which she loves, and those are what we play fetch with, or a tennis ball. Thank you in advance...

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Zoe
by: Nonnie / Dee Cutshall

Frisbee really tires them out. Especially if she loves it and will jump in the air for it. One of our Aussie's absolutely trembles waiting for me to throw the frisbee. We can't say the word out loud unless we are going to play now!!!

chewing
by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

I suggest that you read my article on games to play with your dog. You can even do these while you are relaxing. You need to make certain that everything is picked up that she likes to chew. Give her a black KONG that has been frozen with peanut butter inside. The black KONGS are for heavy chewers. Invest in bitter apple spray for corners of cabinets, etc. Keep her within sight at all times. If you can't watch her, crate her. Get her some food dispensing toys such as a Buster Cube. It seems that my girls have always been worse chewers than the boys. My 9 yr old chewed my down comforter last year while my husband was supposed to be watching her. Although, one of my boys ate my son's new school Nike Jordans when they were brand new. It was a lesson for Joel to keep his shoes picked up with a puppy in the house. Dundee was a year old at that time. You can also teach her tricks to keep her mind busy. Mental fatigue is actually more important than physical fatigue. You might also want to think about getting her into an agility class. Good luck. I know you can do this!

chewing
by: yusaf

there are alot of solutions to chewing.
make sure you have plenty of things that are okay to chew my fave is bully sticks affordable and safe for the puppy.
and another thing is bitter apple type sprays, the normal things dont work for me but there is a really good one called fooey that is safe to spray on anything and the dog will hate the taste and not want to chew it
hope that helps

Daycare
by: Anonymous

Take her to a doggie daycare when you can. My daughter is a nursing student and they have a ten month old male aussie and he's just full of it. She takes him to doggie daycare at least once a week and it wears his little butt out.

Just a thought. :)

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