Sunday, May 13, 2007

Looking for ideas

Hi friends,
I'm looking for some ideas to help with Kobe, who is a really keen chewer. The list of 'out of bounds' items that he has chewed & destroyed is growing.
Check out the foam explosion in the back garden.
Sweet Kobe is a fun & friendly young guy - now about 1 year old - so still a pup & thus prone to chewing & other puppy 'outbursts'.
Kobe goes for a regular morning 30-40min walks, has lots of toys, treat balls & bones twice a week and 3 doggy pals to keep him happy, but still the destruction continues.
So I'm really keen to hear your thoughts & ideas on how to help Kobe & me through this period of his life & perhaps curb the chewing destruction. What could be separation anxiety, excess energy, boredom etc.

Here's the list of his major 'conquests' to date:
- Table lamp cord
- Lap top power cord & adaptor
- Several dog beds
- a camera
- shoes
- sofa cushions & seats
- lots of stuffy & rope toys

Any ideas welcome & thanks so much

- actaully the plee for help is from Bella's mum


Boo said...

gosh! that's a lot of stuff kobe has conquered! have your mom tried bitter apple yet? try google it if you don't know what it is. i heard it works on somedog but not sure about kobe. i think your mom should try all the suggestions until she find one that is really works coz nothing done, kobe's conquest will sure grow like mushroom!

wet wet licks


Katherine and Pippa, said...

Wow Bella and your mum - that is big time chew!

We have never had dogs that did chewies like that - only ever a couple of mistress's shoes, and not even much of that.

It does sound like a bit sep anx (but that's an easy answer isn't it), he is young, he is new in your house, but you aren't inexperienced with dogs. I'm struggling. Adrian is not here and he is a bit more savvy than me so will ask when he comes home tomorrow or Tuesday.

Otherwise, email us, or PM via Bonezone, or something, with more details and we will try and help a bit more.

Kate (and unchewy Pippa)

Simba said...

You have been busy. Keep up the good work.

Simba xx

Billy said...

I'm not a chewer so I'm so sorry I can't help you in that department. I don't know what to tell you and since mom is a first time dog owner, she would be totally clueless here (nothing unusual though)...

Good luck with this!!

BIG hugs from Billy Boo:)

chiyo said...

hiya bella,

wow kobe is a great destroyer!

is there anyone at home during the day? i think although there are 3 of you, there is no way you 3 can keep up with a big dog who's still a puppy! lol. maybe you can all go for another long run (not walk, hee) in the evenings and totally tire him out by playing fetch/frisbee etc the night before or in the mornings first. and leave some stuffed Kong toys around during the day. stuff them with Kong stuffing, or frozen bananas or the like.

also, he can go for some obedience classes to work on some house rules or some agility classes to work off his excess energy :)

hope this helps!


Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Whoa, that is really a long list. Will buying more chewies help? Or you can try those bitter spray but then you have to spray almost everything then.

The best is to get to the root of the problem.

Boy n Baby

3 Furballs said...

Maybe you can get more toys for Kobe. That did the trick for Tinkerbell who was chewing up the parquet floor and every corner of a furniture.

Bella said...

Hi doggies thanks all !!
Good idea Pippa I'll post my question on the Bone Zonetoo.
And try more exercise, Bitter Apple, more toys, more Kongs & we are on the wait list for training at the local dog club

Ferndoggle said...

Giving him appropriate things to chew can really help. Also, restricting his access to inappropriate things is essential. Can you crate him when you're not home?


Murphey said...

I wish I had an answer for you. Muroh does the same thing, hopefully somebody out there can help us with suggestions.

Murphs' lady

Suki said...

Oh, wow, that's hard to deal with! Hmmm...I don't know what your hoomans could do other that get some bitter apple spray.

Good luck!
Puggy kisses

Liberty Doo Dah said...

Hmm Bella! Mum wishes she could help you! I chew up stuff too - especially when I'm bored or when mum isn't paying attention to mememe! So far, I've chewed up 2 pairs of glasses, a bluetooth, a few books, a couple of stuffed animals - and the list goes on! Mum just tries to keep me out of rooms and crates me when she's not home. Kongs are a really good suggesstion too!

Kerrio said...

Hey Bella

I think the only way you are going to contain this is by crate training Kobe. Admittedly we never did with KuBrin cos the crate would have to be the size of the house, but he was past the chewing stage when he arrived.

All our other pups and foster pups were crate trained and while they will always find a sneaky remote to chew, it does limit the damage. But you have to introduce the crate carefully so that it is not a punishment.

I've only met one Dane X Lab and he was a SERIOUS destructive agent.....(house needed new plaster, doors, floors)

Also - remember - although you want to wear him out you have to be careful about over-exercising big dogs as it can cause joint damage - I've talk to your vet about that - not sure HOW big Kobe is but very large dogs have not finished growing at a year.

Kongs and the like are a good plan to keep him distracted and give him a mental workout - but they run out!

Good luck.

Huskee Boy said...

WOW... I am impressed by the list of Kobe's conquests.. so far the only forbidden things I chewed are slippers, some books/magazines, a $50 note, tissue... Bitter lime spray is good for items like power cords but I don't think you'll want to spray everything with it!! Perhaps you can give him loads of raw hide to ease his chewing frenzy?? Good luck!

Katherine and Pippa, said...

hello bella & your mum
as promised we asked adrian when he came home
kobe is very new to your home, he is a very young dog, he will have gone thru lots of stress in his other home, he will prob not have been accepted into your pack yet - he's bigger, younger, and new - so when you go out to work he will need to entertain himself.
any chance of someone calling in during the day?
do try to move things out of reach - i have forgotten a couple of times - a lot of times ays adrian, and it is a drag
have you got anything that doesn't matter that smells of you that you can leave? it sounds like he wants a comfort blanket
when princey died, pippa only ever took my things, often piled up my clothes for me (didn't chew them), but they would be in a nice heap, or a trail for me to follow when i came home.
he will grow out of it - but it will take time
i'm sure he is worth it, he looks lovely. kate

Girasol said...

And I though I have bad habits.

Amber-Mae said...

Oh Oh, we got some chewing prob here! Gotta stop him Bella!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girl Girl Hamster said...

I hope your mum finds the perfect idea for Kobe's chewie conquest

~ Girl girl

Balboa said...


Balboa's mommy here. We used to call Balboa Conan the destroyer because he chewed and ate everything in site. We had to crate him when we couldn;t devote all our time to him. We constantly had to redirect his chewing with another toy or play. At times we even used a squirt bottle with water. Eventually hearing the word bottle instatnly changed his mind.

Hope this helps

Frenchie Kisses,

Snowy & Crystal said...

whow!!! little Kobe sure destroyed LOTS of things. Crystal is a chewer too, so she can give you her feedback that might help.
Woofs, Snowy

Hey Kobe, I am just like you here. I used to chew on ALL shoes my tiny mouth could reach, so what mommy did (followed Boo's mom advice) is sprayed them with yukie sprayer. It is not harmful, but just have this yukie taste that stoped me from even thinking to chew on the slippers.

I don't know if that will work with you since you are interested in chewing EVERYTHING, but good luck :)
puppy arfs,

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Bella, My dad calls me Pain in the Asta for my chewing, but that's even more stuff than I chew! My mum and dad put everything out of my reach. xxx Asta