How to stop your Labrador chewing things

I have just read an interesting thread on a forum,  started by the frustrated owner of a six month old puppy whose dog is systematically munching his way through the family’s furniture.

The responses are divided between those that think this behaviour is abnormal (“none of my dogs ever did that”)

And those that think it is completely normal.

Over the last thirty-five years I have had usually had five or more dogs living with me at any one time.

And have raised many puppies.

During that time I have had countless chair legs ruined,  entire vehicle safety belts devoured, skirting boards eaten, and numerous other items scoffed, chomped or otherwise dis-assembled.Labrador won't stop chewing

I have learned from these experiences,  though perhaps not quite as quickly as I should have!

My take on this issue is that chewing, including extremely destructive chewing, is so common as to be absolutely normal. Particularly in young Labradors.

So if destructive chewing is pretty normal,  what is the best way to deal with it?

How to deal with chewing

Dealing with chewing is another topic over which people are divided.   Some think that the dog should be caught and punished,  others think he should be confined to prevent him damaging stuff.

I fall into the latter category.

Punishment

Punishment is a quick way to teach your dog not to chew things in front of you.  It is however, well nigh impossible to teach a dog not to chew things in your absence.

Short of setting up CC TV in your kitchen and some kind of remote punishment device,  it simply cannot be done.

Effectively, all that punishment does,  is teach your dog to be sneaky about chewing.

Redirecting

Another approach is to redirect chewing on to more suitable items,  kong toys and so on.    This makes good sense whilst you are there to supervise the dog,  but I have to say,  it will not necessarily prevent chewing when your back is turned.

For some reason,  your chair legs are much more attractive than the lovely food filled toys that you provide for your dog.

You should definitely provide a puppy with things of his own to chew,  but should not rely on these to prevent him damaging your home.

Crating

The single most sensible solution to chewing and general destruction is the dog crate.   A dog in a crate cannot empty the bin,  destroy your furniture, or electrocute himself on your fridge cable.

Big Labradors need big crates and chewing can persist until around the end of the second year.   Many people struggle with the concept of having a huge crate in their house for that long.

But it really is the best solution for when you cannot supervise your dog closely.

You can follow these links:  benefits of a dog crate  and crate training your puppy  to find out more.

Protecting your car

Crates are really useful in vehicles too and can save a lot of heart ache.

Many years ago my young Labrador ate through both the passenger and driver safety belts in our Landrover when left alone for less than twenty minutes.   That was a pretty expensive lesson for us as a young hard-up couple.

How about you?

Is your Labrador a chewer?  What is the most expensive / precious thing your dog ever destroyed?  Share your pain with us in the comments box below!

More help and information

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by Pippa on November 4, 2012

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Andrew Polk November 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

Right now 7 month old Miriam is setting about her favourite toy – a plastic (non brittle) bottle wrapped in a sock. This neatly goes in the bin when done. The basket of firewood provides endless pleasure, although it gets messy. These and several Kong toys seem to have diverted her away from the Piano, several chairs and a floorboard (I still cannot understand how a dog can burrow through a flat surface with teeth.)
Citronella spray on the furniture certainly deterred her but the smell is a big price to pay.
Oddly she rarely chews when we are out. Its mainly when she’s in a pesky mood. And then she seems to understand value – the peskier she is the more expensive the shoe.
When she wants to walk or play she eats my insole, when she’s sleepy its someone else’s. Unfortunately both get rewarded – walks, or a mixture of adult yelling and children’s’ laughter.

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Owen November 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

My male black lab over the past year has started stealing food from the counter(even food that is pushed way back) tearing apart paper, eating crayons. He just turned 8 years old yesterday. Now that we restrict him to the bonus room, he does not do these things. He gets at least 3 long walks a day, I play frisbee with him and we all give him attention. Do you know why he would be doing this now?

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angie June 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Owen,

Some dogs do this because they are uncomfortable and trying to get your attention by acting out. You should take him to the vet and get a work up done to make sure there are no underlying health issues he is trying to tell you about.

Angie RVT \ soon to be DVM

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Zoe November 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

holly is 4 months old now and she really hasn’t chewed anything, but then she is rarely on her own. She comes to work with me and we have a crate for her there which she goes in during busy periods or if we get a delivery. I cannot express how wonderful crates are, she has slept in one from night one and has never whimpered to come out. Now I do think we have been lucky but she has chewed through a laptop cable when she was left for literally 5 minutes. We were so lucky she chewed through the top cable because if it had been the bottom section it would have more than likely killed her. So now she gets popped in her crate with a treat and then let out shortly afterwards. However the boot of the car hasn’t need so lucky we have bars up and she did chew these and underneath the boot liner and matts to get at the foam underlay we can’t say she isn’t dedicated! :-)

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James November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

We may just be lucky but the day we got our lovely little lab we stuck bitter spray on all the furniture and equally provided lots chew toys – nylabones, kongs, ropes and soft toys. She had a couple of licks of different bits of furniture, had the most hilarious look on her face as she stuck her tong out and went bleugh and pretty much since day two hasn’t had a go at anything but her toys and plants. She loves plants but mostly the dead bits so at least we don’t have to prune much!

Maybe not a solution for existing chewers but hopefully if you can stop the habit before it forms then thats the best way.

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Sue November 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Paddy, now ten months, is on his 4th bed and 7th lead. He has chewed the kitchen table legs, four pads off the kitchen chairs, two floor mats and nibbled away at various pieces of skirting board. Paddy is our 4th labrador and we are unsurprised by this behaviour as the other three did the same sort of things, sometimes worse. what I wish to remind new owners is that a labrador puppy has no idea of the cost of a new bed, lead or anything else. He has no interest in money, except to eat the odd fiver or fifty pence coin left around. We shop for blankets and cushions in charity shops, it’s less painful! On the positive side, Paddy was housetrained within two days, comes to the whistle nine times out of ten, sits, lies down and gives unconditional love. We are now in our sixties and retired but he keeps us active and young in our outlook even when we feel totally exasperated. He will grown up sometime after his second birthday, the other three did. Most of all, Paddy has helped my husband deal with his cancer and mental breakdown and he is so much better than life before Paddy. We even went on holiday, hired a mobile home and drove to Cornwall in September and Paddy was a star. He didn’t chew anything and even when he was sick all over the settee in the van, it was the same colour as the upholstery! Enjoy your puppy/young dog, punishment is not the answer, love is.

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Caroline September 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Beautifully written piece. :)

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Pippa September 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thank you :)

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Sue October 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

Lovely piece. I must admit to buying more cushions as Degas has such fun destroying them and seems so pleased with herself when she does.

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Tiffany July 7, 2014 at 12:58 am

Thanks for the encouragement! Our Hercules is just 1 year old and just turned his tastes toward our shoes for the first time. His last obsession was tearing the internet cable off the back of our house multiple times during the dead of winter.
It doesn’t seem to matter how much we exercise him, he just needs to chew.

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Kate September 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Good to hear other people have similar problems! Parker is 18 months old and despite the many kongs, bones, toys and copious bitter spray, has eaten (in no particular order):
4 shoes, from 4 different pairs
2 lamps
1 armchair
4 dog beds
1 sander
most of the post
2 carpets
3 books
5 cushions
and who know what else!

I’m really looking forward to him reaching 2….

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Carrie November 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Freddie is our 1 year old lab and since having him at the age of 3m he has chewed 3 pairs of flip flops, 1 muck boot, a pair of really expensive 3d glasses, my hair straighteners, 6 oven knobs, 1 machine machine knob, some skirting board, 2 tea towels, 8 footballs and 6 rolls of toilet roll. Been an expensive year :-)
He has lots of chew toys, bones and is never on his own longer than 3 hours roughly and has about 3 walks a day. We love him though as such a character :-)

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Carole B November 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

I actually hesitate to start a comment here as it might cause me to realise just how much my boys have cost me! Barney came to me as a rescue dog about 2 years old and, I was led to believe not a chewer. Having no clue as to how high an adult lab can reach I learned the hard way – 2 mobile phones, a sat nav, several pairs of shoes, coats (treat crumbs in pockets) hats, dog beds, and more. Rusty the puppy however seemed to be really good by this point I’d learned more and invested in a crate! He was a non chewing puppy so I thought until one day when he was 8 months old and I popped out for a few minutes and got delayed so he’d been left uncrated and munched his way through 2 leather kitchen bar stools. He also on another occasion managed to destroy the lid to my hot tub in minutes while I was in the garden but back turned! – £500 that cost alone! Ouch! Like the commenter above I was astounded at chewing through a flat surface – he started in the middle! I must admit that now I would consider a part trained lab for several thousand pounds a bargain!

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Susan November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

As a first time dog owner I was not at all prepared for the havoc a small black labrador would bring to my home. In the first few months he destroyed 3 crate mats, a set of Jamie Oliver cookery books, a sat nav, a pair of glasses and a pair of RayBans, a kitchen cabinet, the rush seating on my dining room chairs, the bottom of the piano, a large number of tea towels and oven gloves, radiator knobs as well as pruning all the shrubs and rose bushes in the garden to ground level! Three years on and parts of my home still bear the battle scars and remind me of those early days – however it all seems insignificant compared to the joy Freddie brings me every day.

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Ulrike Deussen April 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I dont know you – but you sound a very nice person with a lot of humour and love ! James is my third dog and I can understand you sooooo very well ! But we love them , dont we :-). Sometimes I did not know wether to laugh or to cry – but I always enjoy the company of this fury fellow.

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Pippa November 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wow, I feel so much better about my landrover safety belts now :) :)

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Kerryn Humphreys November 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I can relate to the Land Rover seat belts, safely behind a LR dog guard with a companion I thought she’d be safe and secure, how wrong I was. Hebe (now a sensible-ish five) totally destroyed the back of my Discovery, fascia, carpets, connectors to the heated read screen, everything stowed in the big bucket panniers – how she got stuff from the bottom without getting stuck I’ll never know. She didn’t eat the dog leads or the training dummies, however she did get under the back seats and chew through the seatbelts which we didn’t know about until MOT time. Complete replacement involving the removal of the whole back seats to check and re-bolt to the bodywork, the bill was a significant four figures. And it only took her half an hour!
After that seat belts were drenched in washing up liquid, it is the best dog chewing deterrent I’ve found, it works well on carpet (that was Finnegan, wolfhound), skirting boards (Cara, wolfhound), studs on dog bed covers (Juno, labrador, throughout her life) but not on central heating boilers including the electrics – that one was Maia, twice! Fix for boilers is masses of chicken wire.
We now have a large crate, currently packed away awaiting the next pup in the spring. Note to self, invest in more washing up liquid…

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Elaine November 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

My Lola is nearly 4 months old. I grew up with dogs including a lab, but lola is the first of my own. I had a crate for her when i first brought her home, but made the mistake of taking her out of it when she cried etc, and now i hardly use it. She hasnt chewed too much…. just her bed, demolished my duvet, a few of my favourite photos that she managed to get out of the frames, too many loo rolls to mention, and my favourite 5 inch heels!! She hasnt started on any furniture yet tho! apart from that she is a good girl…but i think its time to introduce the crate again before she starts eating the couch etc!

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Lynda November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Reading the comments so far during my lunch hour – hilarious! We have 18month Nell (our 3rd Lab) who can’t be trusted for any length of time at all. Nothing structural yet (unlike our 1st Lab who rendered our hallway in to something resembling the Gaza Strip), but there has been destruction of small personal items such as mobile phone, glasses, a favourite cardi, shoes, remote control unit, garden plants etc., etc. all whilst our backs are turned. Needless to say she is crated when alone housed with her beloved stuffed kong which she would crawl over broken glass for! But compared to the companionship and unconditional love she gives our family, this is a small price.

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Daisy January 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Barley is our eight month old golden Lab. So far he has destroyed numerous pairs of shoes, dug a hole in the kitchen floor, chewed several chair legs, and destroyed the kitchen sofa. I am looking at replacing the sofa and wondering if anyone thinks leather would be any better? We do have a crate and he is happy to go in it but generally he hangs out on the kitchen sofa (which is now totally wrecked). My worry is, if I get a new sofa now – will he destroy that too? Advice please.

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Pippa January 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Hi Daisy, the answer to your question is ‘very probably’. Barley’s behaviour is completely normal. Most Labradors chew a great deal until well after their first birthday. Some carry on until around two years of age, though most stop before this. I do not personally leave a dog unsupervised outside a crate around any furniture I care about, until this stage is passed. Pippa

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ruby January 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

My Lola is now 6 months. And a chewer. She has never chewed any furniture , just anything that is left lying around such as shoes (she demolished a brand new pair of boots i got delivered last week), toys, bins,my duvet, toilet rolls, photo frames etc . She doesnt do it when im at home, just when im away to work (she is left alone for 5 hours day time ). I did have a crate for her and used it when we first got her at 8 weeks, but did the ‘oh shes just a baby lets get her up here sleeping with us’ ..then she hated the crate after that. Im thinking of trying the crate with her again, but im guessing it will be harder for her now she is older and will probably hate it. She doesnt get the run of the house when im at work. I close all the doors and she just gets the hall and the kitchen, but the last few days she has actually been able to open the bedroom doors and demolished a power drill, wallpaper (wrapped, not on walls yet), underwear out the laundry basket, and both her plastic water and food bowl! at his rate i wont have anything left in the house!! I also have some anti chew spray which i have used, but not convinced it works! So i will prob go with the crate and see how that goes, although im sure i will come home to my neighbours complaining about a dog howling! (but the cant complain really, as she has only barked three times since weve had her! And even through all this, she is still our princess. naughty, but nice :)

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Pippa January 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

A lot of labradors need to be crated for more than the first six months to avoid damage from chewing. Some will carry on chewing until part way through the second year. You should be able to train your dog to enjoy going into the crate using food rewards over a period of several days.

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Debbie February 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hi I have a 8 month golden lab, who we love too bits, my husband and I work so he can be left alone 4days per week for anything between 4-8 hours depending on our shifts, he has chewed my door frames numerous times, back door, ripped my vinyl tiles up and started recently chewing my kitchen units. He is always left a full kong and loads do strong chewy toys, I’m at my wits end now help????

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Pippa February 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hi Debbie, young Labradors can be very destructive, and the solution lies in proper use of a crate. There are links in the article above for more information. Let me know if you have any queries about crate training. You can’t leave a dog in a crate for hours on end, so you will need to arrange for someone to come in and walk him or be with him if you leave him alone for long. Pippa

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Brian May 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

We have a sweet 3 month chocolate lab. Her name is Lucy. She has been house trained since week 12. We leave her in her crate from 7:30 – 5:30 and we have a dog walker that comes at 12:30-1:00 and she is perfectly fine. We come home to a clean crate and walk her immediately. Everything is about a consistent schedule and training your pup early for the crate. She would scream when we first put her in there but that barely lasted a week. The tough part is leaving them. When we get home she gets plenty of exercise and always has a set of eyes on her. She still bites playfully non stop and chews on whatever she can get. We always try to replace it with a toy or say ouch! NO very loud and walk way. Then go back to playing with her using a toy. The biggest thing to remember is to be patient (which I am guilty of at times), set a schedule and be consistent.

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Kate Ramsden February 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

A very interesting article , responses too ! My young Lab did destroy a kitchen rug and a pair of shoes, but then it just stopped completely . However, our latest addition is another kettle of fish altogether and being a rescue pup who has been in a shelter, we realise that her issues may go much deeper and is most likely anxiety based . I havent ever used a crate for any of my dogs , the Labs or Terriers but , judging by the wrecked dog basket that I got up to this morning , I think I will have to read up on crate training and invest, just for unsupervised times !

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Joyce Horn April 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

What hasn’t my chocolate lab chewed? He has chewed tv remotes, my cordless phone, my husbands reading glasses twice, every shoe box in the house, my sugar bowl, my plastic bowls that I take my food in for work, my hiking boots(over $100), my support shoes for teaching ($140) many, many pairs of shoes, pens, pencils, flyswatters, the handle of my rocker-recliner, the drywall and trim on the house, the trim on the doors, pill bottles and he jumps up and gets on my sink and stove and takes any food left sitting to cool. All I can say is…..OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!

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will May 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

How is your lab now (asking because this sounds just like my lab )wondering how to handle it?

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jyoti tanwar April 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

hiiii i have a lebra….he is one year old jojo . he name is ….he is tooo naughty some tyms but love bee..he use to eat all ma expensive slippers..he torn ma lib book for which i had pay extra n it was emrassing for me… he chew new things..n toys…….ha ha ha h its funny to run after him n save things….he torn all ma soft toys….n even decoration items set in ma drawing room i have hiddded all the things from him…

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Debs April 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Our chocolate Lab is 9 months old , he isn`t too bad at chewing , his problem is he eats anything ,last sunday he began vomiting ,after numerous times we took him to see the emergency vet , xray later and as they couldn`t be sure he hadn`t got a blockage decided to operate , piece of hose pipe , rawplug and string had caused a blockage in his small intestine !! We try to watch him like a hawk but it isn`t always possible . Errol didn`t really improve and was in alot of pain not helped by our vet practice not having 24hr care , we had to take him to a 24 emergency practice who did the night shift care !! Tuesday on getting him to our vets , Matt our vet decided he needed 24 hr care and was worried he had developed peritonitis ,he was brilliant, but we then had an hour and a half journey to solihull because our nearest referral centre had refused to take him .He was scanned and imediately given a second op we were told he had a 50/50 chance ,he came home yesterday , 6 days later !!he is doing so well after a traumatic , worrying week thanks to a brilliant specialist vet called Rob White and all his team at the Willows, we have our not so little pup back , personally I would sooner have the chewing than eating everything in sight,if we hadn`t got good insurance saving errols life would have cost nearly £8000 in all ,now i`m his shadow instead of him being mine ,he is so lovable and it nearly broke our hearts to see him so ill ,don`t ever fail to take yours to the vet if they have persistant vomiting ,he wouldnt be here now if we hadn`t acted when we did , hasn`t put us off ,when errol is a little older we are going to get him a playmate maybe black next time though lol x

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Pippa April 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Glad your dog is ok after such a worrying time Debs :)

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Wilma May 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Got an 18month chocolate. Maggie was a good girl was crated till 8 months she has 2 other dogs to play with when we are out and lots of her own toys. In the last month she has started to chew carpets, dog beds in fact anything she fancies. I count myself lucky still as she is the 4th lab we have had and so far has caused the least damage.

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Nayanthara May 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

thanks…..this is very helpful for me….

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Lyndsey July 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

My dog won’t stop chewing the carpet and my dad mite get rid of Him

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Pippa July 26, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi Lyndsey, ask your Dad to read this article. Best wishes, Pippa

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Savio August 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

Hi,
I have a 11 month lab who start chewing things. We live in HK where is very compact. My trainer advice us to use mouth guard while he will be alone. I wonder if it works. My next worry is when he will stop, and can let him be alone without chewing things. Will it be over?
Savio

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Nerys August 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

We lost our 15 year old yellow lab last year he was a nightmare chewing everything from the skirting boards to the wall at the back door taking all the plaster off it. He was about 18 months old when he pulled the toaster and a deep fat fryer off and chewed that. He also went through a carpet and a Lino so we then put ceramic tiles down.
We now have another yellow lab which is 9 months old we have gone through 4 phone chargers and 10 pairs of shoes, on the plus side he hasn’t touched a piece of furniture or anything else in the house. We wouldn’t be without a lab they are such great dogs.

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Paolo August 29, 2013 at 12:34 am

Is there anything bad about using a muzzle while transporting a young labrador inside a car? I understand that is probably not a good training tool (he may start again chewing up the car the day the muzzle is removed), but perhaps there are situations, like car trips, where prevention alone (rather than appropriate training), is an acceptable strategy.
I have a two month old labrador puppy, and my car is a bit small to fit a crate that will be large enough when the dog is adult, so I am starting to think of strategies for car trips with him (particularly for the times when I will be alone with him in the car). Any comments would be much appreciated.

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Pippa August 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

Hi Paolo, I recommend you buy a portable carry crate which will fit your dog for the next few months. You can place this on the rear seat and put a belt around it. I don’t recommend muzzling small puppies.
Best wishes,
Pippa

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MaineSusan July 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

So I thought a muzzle idea sounded OK, might it be OK on a grown dog? Seems much easier than hauling a crate in n out as I can’t leave it in all the time…

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shanon September 8, 2013 at 3:56 am

I have a 6 month old, what I believe is a lab, got him from the shelter, they said he was german sheppard but doesn’t look like it. He is fine when I’m home, but as soon as I leave he has a field day. He has eaten, my coffee table, fish food, baby formula, toys, clothes, playpen, pencils, laptop, the front door, the trim in my bathroom, etc. I tryed crating him and he ate that too, he can’t be stopped. And all or most of this items where left on the kitchen counter, go figure

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Pippa September 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hi Shanon, you need a metal crate. He won’t be able to eat that. :) Pippa

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A September 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

But what do you do when they can get themselves out of the metal crate? My 2 1/2yr lab/Shepard mix is hard to crate, has chewed through plastic ones, chewed through another crate, and figured out how to push her way free from the metal crate, we recently got a new metal crate that latches closed a bit different than the last, however, I figure it’s just a matter or time before she figures out how to escape that one too…I am not really a fan of crating a dog though, this is the first dog I have ever done this with, my other dogs in the past once outgrew the chewing stage were always free to roam the whole home and not be trapped and confined to crate, feels cruel to me, feel bad every time I leave Marley in her crate, she hates it! I don’t blame her really, I know I hate to be trapped in a room all day, but it needs to be done for her own safety, not wanting her to get into anything that could hurt her, just wish there was a way to teach that she could be free in the house I she didn’t want to chew our stuff…but it seems a lesson she isn’t ready to learn yet lol

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Martha September 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I recently lost my 3 year old choc lab to cancer. We have reserved a yellow lab puppy who will be ready to come home at the end of October. I had to take my choc lab to the vet when she ate through our surround system and main wall in the living room, her eyes were bulging when we went into the room and she had to go to get an antidote. She tricked us into thinking she didnt need the crate anymore, our new girl wont fool us though, the crate will be there for at least 18 months. We both work from home so it just shows how quickly your lab will have a chew when your back is turned.

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nicola September 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

wow I feel much better now came on for a bit of reassurance, we got sox a red fox labrador at 9 weeks he is now 16 weeks and we know we have got him, he has completely destroyed my tree in the garden and has now scratched and munched through my wallpaper in the dining room, destroyed 2 chairs and ripped 4 cushions apart and his blanket we have decided to crate train after reading positive threads about it so I am off to get 1.

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Sarah September 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We have a 10 week old labrador and she is just wonderful! Obviously she chews and plays and does all those things that puppies do… BUT she seems to think my legs are a toy too. I’ve tried everything – distracting her with another toy, yelping like other dogs would, a small bop on the nose and a loud No… standing very still with arms crossed and ignoring (although this is hard because her teeth are sharp and it hurts my legs!) they all seem to make her attack more. She only does this to me, NOT my husband, I think he’s firmer with her. I finally had enough today and picked her up and locked her in her crate. She didn’t complain, just went to sleep. I really want to avoid using that method as she loves her crate and I don’t want her to associated it with punishment. Any tips / suggestions out there?

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Pippa September 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hi Sarah, This is a universal, but temporary problem :) Here is the articleyou need. You might also like to join the forum where there are lots of other puppy owners supporting one another. Pippa

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Lab lover November 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Pick her up and place her alone in another room and shut the door. Don’t look at her or anything. Leaver her for 30 secs then let her out. EVERY time do the same. She will get the idea – she won’t want to be by herself.

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Susan Horsfield September 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Ollie is around 7 1/2 months now and have to say he does love to chew. He is my first dog in over 20 years- it took that long to convince my hubby. He is an absolute star but couldn’t count what he has actually chewed his way through. What I can say is everything he has chewed we have given him, be it doggy toys, old shoes, teddys, sticks, my kids old toys and so far not a bit of furniture has been touched. It’s just the mess he doesn’t seem to tidy up yet. Also advocate the crate/cage. That’s his safe place and goes in and out of his own accord, so happy to go in there at bedtime and when we all go out.

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Paula Petersen September 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Bailey our middle golden lab is 2yr old, we never believed in crating him as our older golden lab Bruce was never crated and never destroyed anything, Bailey though has gone through several slippers, his toys, the kids toys, toilet rolls, books, walls, hairbrushs, coats, dustbins, leads, wallpaper that was actually on the wall!!!, doors, lost count on how many of his beds he’s destroyed, but his biggest destructions have to be the stair carpet and the radiator pipe which turned my hallway into an indoor paddling pool lol,we learnt our lesson from Bailey when we got Coda our chocolate lab who’s now 6mths, he is crated and has only destroyed his toys with the help of Bailey while Bruce the oldest lab sits and watches them in disgust lol

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Sian Powell October 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

This all makes me feel so much better. Are Lab Harry has eaten all the leatherette off my brand new dinning table, corner of the sofa, destroyed the cushions, 3 dogs beds, a laptop charger lead, pulled up the vinyl in the porch and munched his way through so many pairs of shoes I have lost count. Sometime you forget what the reach capcity can be you think it is high enough but oh no!! He is 6 months old and like some people I have never had to crate any of my other pooches however this is our first lab. I have just invested in one as think it is the best option for us now wish me luck!!

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Angie Woods October 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Our 18 month old Storm has chewed everything he shouldn’t despite having lots of his own toys, he has systematically demolished a sofa, a coffee table, carpet, rugs, tv remote, coasters, newspapers, shoes, slippers, a telephone, Internet modem and wiring, artificial coal from the electric fire, a pair of glasses, a vase with artificial flowers, a bowl of pot pourri…..the list is endless!! But despite this he is the most loving dog with a character to match and we wouldn’t change him for the world.

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Sue Thomas October 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Loving reading these comments. In the past I too have had dogs chew lots of things. Worst being one of my son’s first pair of Clarkes shoes and totally destroyed my childhood teddy. That was a sad (and mad) day. Makes me realise how glad I am that my last two dogs have been older (4 and 2 yrs) rescue labs and had already outgrown this. I personally wouldn’t get a puppy again.

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alana October 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Our first pup chewed the table legs and chair legs if left for any length of time. Also dug up garden & chewed bark off trees. We have a 18month old pup now who has not chewed anything except my husbands socks and shoes. I think we invest a lot more time exercising this pup. & I am hopeful that someday my husband will learn to tidy up after himself… :)

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Sue October 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

Degas is currently working her way through my bookcase and particularly likes my art books and magazines. Maybe she’s a critic?!

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Yadri October 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Our lab loves Crocs shoes. She is addicted to them, since my husband buys them in tons, she has already got her own to chew. She also like socks and underwear. We would scold her and punish her when she chewed our cushions but no use. She would keep on doing that… anyways, we already got used to that. Still we love her soooo because she is a wonderful dog….

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Linda October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi just thought I would tell you that hot chilli sauce works on table and chair legs to stop the chewing not sure how to prevent her from chewing clothing or cushions though that’s a tricky one, good luck with that.

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Julie October 15, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hi, so reassuring to read about the chewing by labradors. We have a female choc lab who has chewed endless amouts of stuff. We do have a crate which she wanders into but however hates being left at night in it, she howls and cries and usually pees and poos in it for good measure. It has now been two months and tonight we are going to persevere as I cannot face another morning of devastation! I have been feeling defeated lately, she is so lovely our Rosie and wants to play all the time even with our three cats, who are not keen! Another 6 mths to a year seems like a long haul.

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courtney October 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

hi guys my 2 yr old gold lab febe, loves to rip out plants and sometimes chew, she stopped for a while but we have recently got a garden and shes started to attack them shes got plenty of toys and goes for a walk each day, does anyone know how i can stop this??!

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Michelle Davies October 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hi am after some advise I have a one year old fox red lab . He has just started chewing . Hes has a good attempt at my sofa. Our lab is also really good at opening all our doors in are house. Can any one help me and asvise me on whats best to do . Many thankx

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Bobby Bell October 31, 2013 at 12:13 am

Hi: We have a 9 mo old Ivory Lab (beautiful) Lucy. Lucy is a sweetie, however, quite a chewer. So far irrigation lines in backyard (3), Pruned our azealas, 1 TV clicker, crate bedding, numerous magazines, came out of bedroom with my watch in her mouth. (saved). Then she can be best cuddly lover. Plenty of exercise really helps. Works good on leash, sits, stays. Off leash stays with me and recalls. I am 73 yr old…..lost 24 lbs since Apr. walking Lucy. She is very smart. Mother and Dad were both Nat’l and Internat’l Champs show ring and hunting. Keeps my life active..love it.

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Scott November 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

LOL… You this morning, I woke up again with Maddie laying on my chest and she was noozling me to get up since I’m deaf and can’t hear my alarm… However, heh… This is the most destructive dog I have every had.. a throughbred black lab. Shes 27 wks and a lil over 65 lbs… This dog… oh man, this dog, the best I can describe, is chew chew chew chew chew… I have a recliner in my living room that has be dismantled completely, the only thing that remains in certain spots is the literal metal framing of the chair.. LOL. Pens… chomped.. she discovered what ink was, now she literally leaves the cartridge aside and destroys pens… MY HEARING aids… LOL… furniture legs, my living room window sills, now the couch… the back sliding door. seatbelts.. The floor level caps, my wallet and credit cards, pillows… The funny thing is she treats her toys like their proper, actually keeps them in order and finds everything else in the house appealing. I don’t understand it. I did lose my patience this morning and I felt bad, as its a regular thing. I do use a crate, but I also know I can’t seal her up all day… She potty trained quick, and I’ve taught her 6 tricks already and sits cute at the dinner table and waits for us. Shes actually pretty awesome. Reading this stuff kinda gave me yet another idea, I think I’m going to just throw a log in the middle of the room and see what happens.. She loves wood… I’d rather deal with the mess, and I was going to wait until she stopped chewing to replace the recliner!! which, BTW looks more like hate art now than a chair.. Ironically, the place where she sits is untouched, and the rest of the chair is completely destroyed.. LOL

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Jessica June 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I have a 6 month old boxer lab mix who is such a lover. We used crate for the first 2 months we had her when she went 3 weeks with out an accident inside we let her sleep upstairs with us. It breaks my heart in the last she has chewed my fiancés glasses a pair of remotes and a blackberry cell phone. When we leave the house she is confined to the kitchen always. I thought it was cause I left to go to the gym in the mornings and then this morning I wake up to the cell phone. Do I make her sleep alone and listen to her whining? She’s getting fixed on Monday will that change her habits? She gets plenty of exercise and attention. HELP makes me feel like we should have never adopted her maybe she’s not happy here

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Dennis November 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Reading many of the forgoing stories, i gain the impression owners treat their dogs as humans and give them far too much freedom INDOORS but virtually none OUTDOORS. Yeah its kind of funny the first time a slipper is all chewed up.
But did the chewer get properly reprimanded. A pet dog is still a dog…animal….and needs to be treated as such. My dog is allowed in the house daily in the evening for 2 hours but knows its rest place is in the corner of the lounge. never bedrooms, kitchen etc. sure she at first tried to wander but strong words trained her to stay put. I think maybe big chewers are mostly kept indoors and with total freedom. Dogs chew because nothing else to occupy their boredom. Mine stays outdoors all day and night. Has shelter from rain and sun and complete freedom in the garden, yard and fenced frontage. Loves to chase butterflies , play with cockroaches out at night, watch the wild birds eat the 6.30am breakfast i throw out for them, studies the bullfrogs and sometimes tease them with her nose as they hop about seeking the pond.. Still give her an off-lead 1 hour walk and sniff-sniff wander each day. Also a couple hours on the beach 2 or 3 times a week. she loves swimming and searching for submerged stones. Back home after her shampoo she is content to rest in the frontage and watch the schoolkids and shoppers pass by. many know her and spend a few minutes tickling her ears. By the way, she is now a healthy alert trained 9 month old golden labrador. My previous labrador bitch exactly the same treatment. We were together for many years. Understood and close, but she knew her place was as a dog not a human child. So to all you owners of chewers i suggest you get your dog outside and give it plently of exercise and freedom. Think, what does a human toddler do when it is bored? what does a teenager do when it is bored? what do many adults do when they are bored? So one cannot blame the dog. QUESTION FOR SCOTT. you are surely joking yes? You do not really have your dog sit at the family meal table ???!!!My gawd. Next you will say it joins u in the shower.

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Katelyn November 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

My 6 month old female lab eats EVERYTHING! She has eaten clothing, phone chargers… Anything she can get her mouth on. She initially was also doing very well with house training but now she goes wherever she pleases, even after she has just used the bathroom outside. Please help!

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Pippa November 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Katelyn, which of the above suggestions have you tried so far?

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Laura November 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I have 2 51/2 month lab puppies….OMGoodness I am glad I went to this web site…I feel so much better. Mine have eaten base boards AND the paneling nails (A trip to the vet for that one), chewed through my TV cables twice, destroyed the fence I put up around the TV cables, eaten towels, shoes, TV remote controls (I SWEAR they soak those things in meat!), any scrap of paper, note from loved one, picture, that might be on the refrigerator, mail and bills on the kitchen counter, and two dining chair seats. Apparently my bitter spray is defective! But through it all, I love my Stud and Muffin.

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kelly November 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

hi there,
I need a bit of advise, I have got a 16 months Labrador. She is lovely dog however when she is left for amount of hours she chews her bedding. we have tried the Kong and found that this doesn’t last that long with her. we also tried getting big bones for her to chew as well but that is the same. we have spend lots of money on bedding and do not want to spend more money when she continue to chew it. we also a 10 year old and she wasn’t nothing like my 16 months.
also we have a problem with her jumping at people when they entre through door, we tell her to get down but this seems to not be working either.
if you could help me that would be great.
thank you for reading this.
kelly

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Pippa November 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Kelly, I suggest you follow the crating advice in the article above. Many young dogs destroy their bedding, and the answer is to remove it, or use cheap bedding or old towels and blankets until this phase is over. The jumping up article is in the behaviour section in the menu at the top of the page. Best wishes, Pippa

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kelly November 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm

thanks for getting back so soon, we was thinking about getting a crate but we do not want to put our 10 year old in one has she hasnt been in one before and they both lay beside each other.

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Phyllis December 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Callie is 1 yr old Lab. She has chewed her way thru money, clothes, furniture, and her favorite, Klenex tissue. I do crate her when I am not at home, therefore, she does all these things when I am at home and she is not crated. When she gets really quiet, that is when I know she is up to no good. All the people I have spoken to, tell me I have at least another year before this behavior stops. I am at my wits end because I know by her actions, she knows that what she is doing is wrong and not acceptable. It is like having a toddler in the house again where you have to watch them constantly. The coming year should be interesting!

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Pippa December 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Hi Phyllis, it is a challenging time for you, but restricting your dog’s access to specific parts of the house will help you to cope. Also, your dog really does not know she is doing anything wrong. Check out this article and hang on in there :)

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Leslie December 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Well we have taken in Harper a 7 month old border collie black lab mix… she has eaten 4 pairs of shoes, 2 packs of peepads, my kitchen table and chairs, 4 pieces of firewood, a cellphone(no longer will even turn on), a charger, a lamp, her lead and harness, and a shreder machine… we are exhausted… Crate training here we come!

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Darci Arnold December 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

My chocolate lab is about 2 1/2 years old and seems to be going crazy! We bought an extra large dog crate and she has managed to tear it apart! She has eatin away at our backyard fence. I can’t keep her in the back yard, she can’t be in her crate anymore. When I put her in a room she eats at the door and scratches up the walls. I babysit my nieces everyday so I started to take her with me. At first she was good but now when I have to leave her outside when I go pick up my boys from school she is now digging holes and chewing on things in my sister in laws back yard! I don’t know what else to do! I think we are going to have to get rid of her :(

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Pippa December 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Hi Darci, it would probably help you to see a behaviourist. There are many reasons for destructive behaviour in an older dog including but not limited to anxiety, frustration, lack of exercise, stress, isolation and ill health. A behaviourist will be able to assess the dog in his home environment and advise you on the probable causes and give you advice on resolving your dog’s behaviour.
Pippa

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Darci Arnold January 12, 2014 at 1:59 am

Thank you Pippa. I will definitely look into doing that!

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Brandon December 24, 2013 at 3:21 am

my lab is about a year old. he chews on things in my absence and knows what he did was wrong. however I have put several different kinds of blankets in his crate at night and during the day while im at work. he chews them up and I have put toys in there as well and still chews his blankets up any ideas.

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Teri January 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm

My Lab was the same I got a strong waterproof bed it wasn’t cheep but it’s the only bed my dog hasn’t chewed up I was buying at least 1 a week they r really strong material, instead mine has now resorted to chewing plaster of walls lol

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KAREN December 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

WE HAVE A WONDERFUL DOG NAMED BECKHAM. HE IS NOT ARE FRIST SO WE HAVE BEEN AROND THIS TREE BEFORE. BECKHAM MY LOVING HUNTTING BOY TURNS IN TO THIS MONSTER THAT CHEWS EVERTHING HE CAN REACH ALSO SOMETHINGS THAT HE HAS TO CLIMB UP TO REACH. I KNOW AS A GOOD DOG OWNER HE SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALONE BUT SOME TIMES IT HAPPENS AND BECKHAM DECIDED MY DAUGHTERS RETAINNER WAS BETTER TO CHEW ON THEN THE 20 TO 30 $ OF DOG TOYS IN HIS DOGROOM. I HAVE ANOTHER DOG WHO RUNS ABOUT THE HOUSE AND HAS CHEWED NOTHING BUT HIS TOYS SINCE WE BROUGHT HIM HOME WERE DID WE GO WRONG ? IM BEGINNING TO BELIEVE THAT SOME DOGS JUST LOVE TO CHEW

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Jessica Beswick December 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

We have had our yellow lab Drake since 5 weeks old. He is now 10 months. There isn’t a room in our house that I cant see where he has left his mark. My sons dresser, the seam in the family room carpet, cell phones (x2), play station paddle, Vans shoes, a hat, countless boxes from recycling bin, outside mats. He only chews in our absence. He destroys a chew toy within minutes!

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Shivangi January 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

my Labrador(golden) is very naughty one. he chewup things and my mom wants him to stop it. also he sometimes has a very bad breath. pls suggest some measures to prevent both biting and bad breath.

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Taylor January 10, 2014 at 1:27 am

i have two almost 16 month old labs (bonnie & clyde) and let me tell you the names and personalities fit perfect! but… they have chewed up 4 of our walls, tons on blankets and pillows, our carpet too. we have them cage trained (with a blanket thats not destroy shockingly),which is good. they run out of the invisible fence, cant trust eating bones in a cage together and we cant bring them in the house because they tore our house apart! anyone help?

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Pippa January 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

Hi Taylor,
You can’t train two young dogs together. You need to focus on each dog separately. Have one crated whilst the other is in the house. Focus on creating a calm atmosphere and rewarding calm behaviour. The chewing is normal and may continue up to around two years of age. Crating is the only way to protect your home when you are not there to supervise. When you have to crate the two together, make sure you remove any source of conflict (like the bones) first. Pippa

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Joan January 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I rescued Tucker last February and the vet thinks he is about 5or 6 years old. He is absolutely lovely and well-trained to come, fetch, release, etc. He has been delightful in his sweet and gentle manner. However, after a few months, he destroyed his bed…no problem, I bought him another! Ok for a while, then he destroyed that one. It then progressed to the pillows on my sofa, all of the other stuffed toys belonging to my other dogs, finally chewing up anything he could get! Two things have happened that might have affected him…one, my old Corgi died and was replaced by a new puppy, and I started working later, being gone sometimes for 12 hours. Can someone please help me with this? I have started confining him in the mud room, but he proceeds to demolish the rugs I have in there for him. I don’t have a safe place to keep him outside, besides, I like having him in the house. He is totally housebroken and stays off of the furniture. I just don’t know why he is demolishing everything now.

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Teri January 13, 2014 at 11:06 pm

My Labrador is 9 months old and has started chewing plaster off the walls down 2 the concrete, she has a crate for when we go out but has started doing this whilst I’m in a different room even if it’s for 5 minutes, I’ve tried everything chew stop punishment vets recommended vapour rub but none of these have worked, could anybody offer some advice, she has lots of attention and has lots of various chew toys.

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Pippa January 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

Hi Teri, have a store of food filled kongs in your freezer and give her one each time you have to leave her out of a crate without supervision. It is a phase, and she will eventually grow out of it. You might also want to check her diet has all the nutrients she needs, just in case she is craving something missing in her diet. Pippa

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Lab Lover January 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

We have two labs. One is nine months old and the other is six months old. These two are my first experience owning a large breed dog. I’ve only had one dog prior. I had no idea labs are so destructive! Don’t get me wrong, we love our dogs more than anything. I would never trade them and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. That being said, they have destroyed A LOT of items. Shoes, door frames, part of a wall(!) etc… The thing that bothers me is that people will tell you that they do this because they are bored. While that may be the case at times, it is definitely not the only reason. Ours are almost always with us. I bring one of them to work with me and the other is at home with my husband all day (he works from home). The breed just has a LOT of energy. I once played fetch with the older one for SIX HOURS almost continuously! I wanted to see when he would finally be calm and tired. I actually had to stop playing! My arm hurt lol. Well he was nice and relaxed after that, but that only lasted until the next morning.

I really think the destructiveness is just part of the breed. Even when I buy them new toys they go about finding a way to destroy them in a way that is as fast as possible. I bought them squeeky toys last night and then were destroyed within 10 minutes. You should see how focused they are in going about the destruction. It is impressive to watch lol.

I think the best way to deal with it is to just crate them when you cannot supervise them. When you are there to supervise just expect that they will find something new and exciting (a chair leg, your expensive new shoes, a purse strap, headphones etc…) to chew on. There’s no point getting mad, just don’t leave things within their reach. Hopefully they will grow out of it when they get older. Just try and keep a strong and healthy sense of humor….. you’re gonna need it!

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Shelley January 28, 2014 at 7:27 am

We rehomed a 4yr old lab a year ago and whilst he hasn’t damaged any furniture, he’s eaten lots of nylon kitchen utensils, plastic bowls, plastic spoons, lots of other normal kitchen objects and anything non-kitchen related that has been left on the kitchen side or table by the kids! He only chews between 4 & 7am when we’re all in bed despite providing him with toys! I don’t feel we could introduce a crate at 5 and a half years old – what do you think? We’ve have to put a lock on our lowest food cupboard as he worked out how to open it and ate EVERYTHING inside!

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Jami January 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I have been researching the crate idea for a few days now and most responses I see have been that with labs crating is not cruel because that is how their hunter/retriever instincts work. I think it is a great idea for night. That is his safe space. My lad while in his crate does not chew up his blanket. (as he has with other blankets in the house) My pup is not a rescue so I can not speak on how he will react but if I were you I would try it for a few weeks and see how he does.

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Jami January 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We got our precious Blu when he was 8 weeks and a day. He did not do his crazy chewing until he was about 8 months old. Before it was a few flip flops here and there and all of his stuffed animals were mutilated in seconds. Then when he reached 8 months is where the horror began: 2 bras, my couch, 4 blankets, bowls, paint buckets, sweaters, jeans, socks, area rugs, door jam molding, my bathtub, corners of doors, books, fence posts outside, a wheelbarrow, my daughters’ bikes, siding off the house, outdoor vents, water hoses, dug up and chewed my sprinkler system water pipes, and my very favorite….Chewed a hole through the garage wall.
All I can say is I really hope this ends soon or goes back to the occasional $1 flip flop.

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Angela F January 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Amber is a chocolate lab rescue. She is loving and smart. She has become the apple of my husband eye. I lost my sweet boy, Razzy, a corgi/sheltie back in May. Amber came to live with us in August. I have never had a dog in the home this large and Razzy was not very destructive. We have gone through a travel crate, two crate mats, a pair of hicking shoes, 3 sets of blinds and a torn up back yard from constant running. And, a prey drive for cats and squirrels that is always on high alert.My husband takes her a a commons area to exercise her til her tongue just about drops from her mouth. I know this is common for young labs but so very new for me. We love her dearly and the rescue group that rescued her has taken her through a training routine and we have worked with her to reinforce her work. I just keep the mantra going…”God give me patience and please please give it to me now!” Shewwwwwhhh!

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Pippa February 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

Hang on in there Angela, it will pass :)

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Tina February 16, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Hi. We have an 8 month old 80lb lab. He is chewing everything! So we have lost the wire to our outdoor thermometer, the cables to our surround sound, one of our screen windows, the cover to our grill, part of the cover to our pool, the cables to our cable tv to where we had to have them run new wires for the tv to work. He counter surfs horribly, knives,scissors, food, magazines… We play with him, walk him and even tried doggie daycare. I’m at my wits end.

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Pippa February 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I hope you find the article helpful Tina, 8 months is a peak age for chewing. Hang on in there, it will get better. Pippa

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tara February 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Whew my lab is 14 months old and just chewed my 4 year old Ariat cowboy boots. I am not sure what to do between chewing everything, dragging evey stick out of the woods into the back yard and jumping on everyone and car (all of our cars are scratched from her). Hoping to renew my patience but the time is coming that I am going to give up and find a new home. I have had labs my whole life and do not remember any being this bad.

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Pippa February 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

Hi Tara, a lot of Labradors will chew anything they can get in their mouths up until around their second birthday. If you restrict her to certain areas of your home using baby gates,and make family members pick up their stuff in these areas, you will find it easier to manage. If you have her wear a harness and house line until you fix the jumping up using the training articles and videos in the behaviour section, you’ll have more control over her when visitors come and around your vehicles. Focus on training simple skills like sit and down. Using high value rewards you can ask her to offer these behaviours as alternatives to the ones you don’t like – see also Teach your Labrador to Control Himself Pippa

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Steph February 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I have a wiemador, He is just over three months and loves to chew and bite everything! How do I stop him from eating stones or anything that may be dangerous?
Also he is now able to go on a walk but he seems to think that because he is outside he doesn’t need to listen to commands, I have tried multiple things to get his attention but he is just not interested, do you have any ideas what I could do so he listens when going on a walk?

Thanks

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Pippa February 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hi Steph, it is very common for puppies to eat stones and other rubbish Have a look at this article. With the recall training, you need to train a recall command in a structured way which includes proofing the command in lots of different situations. Check out the recall training centre in the training menu at the top of the page. If you enjoy reading, you might like my book Total Recall. Good luck with your puppy :) Pippa

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beckie February 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I have a 16 month old yellow lab/golden retriever cross called Logan. Me and my fiance have had him since he was 9 weeks old and is a fast learner but a very naughty doggy. Thankfully he hasn’t cost us a great deal of money from the things he has chewed but the list is getting longer everyday!
We cleared out the area under the stairs and put up a baby gate so he would have his own little ‘room’. We are in a rented property so tried to make sure everything was safe from his teeth but we have had to re-evaluate all that we did as it made no difference. After returning home one afternoon I found a rather large area of the wall had been attacked and all the carpet tiles had been ripped up. We have since covered the walls in perspex which has stopped him chewing the walls. there’s now laminate on the floor too. We’ve recently started letting him out when we’re not at home but he has so far chewed through the following (to name but a few)… cushions, tea towels, numerous socks, 2 bras, 2 vest tops, a pair of slippers, sat-nav cables, numerous letters and empty packaging, the bottom of the wardrobe, the staircase and an extension cable. May I just add that all of the things he has chewed were all out of the way, or at least we thought. There really does seem to be nowhere safe to put things, which has resulted in him going back in his room. He does sleep in our bedroom at night though and has no issues with chewing then (only inappropriate licking of the face or a poking out foot during the night).
I would love it to get better as he gets older but as he is a Labrador I fully expect this to just be a way of life from now on. And if it was this way forever or no Logan I would rather live in a chewed up house than a doggy free one!

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Viv Drohan March 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I really appreciated your item regarding labs chewing.
Think I’ve been quite lucky as our 9 month old black lab (Baldrick) has mostly confined his chewing (and digging) destruction to the garden….AH WELL! when the weather gets better we’ll try to sort out all his chewing/digging mess and bring our garden back to something vaguely resembling ‘normal’!!

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Kelly March 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

We have a nickname for our 6 month old chocolate lab! It’s labra-gator! We are in Louisiana so it’s very fitting… and telling! But we do love him! His real name is Roux and he has devoured every “indestructible” toy out there! I find long walks, formal training (for the people), and his crate has been the lifesaver for dealing with a gator’s chewing appetite!!

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Toni Lyday March 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

We have a two year old chocolate lab with most gorgeous eyes and is so loving No matter what she has done you just can’t discipline her so she gets away with murder most of the time. She is pretty much past the furniture stage and has moved on to our sox and underwear so we try to keep those things up out of the way, but she still manages to find something illegal. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I almost feel she is smarter than me. She barks constantly at night when she is outside unless some is with her. What does she see out there that she doesn’t see during the day? I thought she would be a nice traveling companion, but she runs from window to window smearing them up with her drool, all the while barking at everything that moves. Makes it a very unpleasant ride. Then when someone comes to the door or just comes in the house or hangs around outdoors she is constantly trying to jump up on them.We are in our 70’s and she is just too much for us and I am thinking of giving her away, but just can’t bring myself to do it. I love her so much and I know she loves me, too. We lost one lab a few years ago and I was so brokenhearted and it left a big hole in our household, it felt like we had lost one of our children. She sure left those paw prints all over my heart and then a friend thought we should have another one so here is Crazy Daisy torturing my life. I must be a glutton for punishment, all for the love of a lab!

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Heather March 25, 2014 at 2:07 am

So I keep hearing the answer is to crate. .. I have a9 month old lab who we crated because of the chewing when she was alone

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Heather March 25, 2014 at 2:13 am

I have a 9 month old lab who only chews when I am not around. We decided to crate her and after a couple months I noticed she had chewed a hole in the bottom of the kennel. This is one of those large hard plastic airline approved kennels. I then put her in a muzzle but after a couple weeks get mouth/lips are red and swollen. The bitter spray doesn’t work either. She is a sweet heart and no matter what I have no plans on giving up on her but if there is something or there that will help … I am all ears. .. she is very well behaved and doesn’t even bark, but when I go to work and she is by herself the monster dog emerges. .. lol… seriously though any advice.???

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Pippa March 25, 2014 at 11:14 am

Hi Heather, I don’t use plastic crates other than for small pups, and I’m not really surprised your dog managed to chew it. These are the only kind of crate I recommend, and some dogs will chew the plastic liner, so if you get one, I suggest you remove it.

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Jenni April 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

I have a 6mth old yellow lab, who like to to chew walls, shoes, zips off coats, carpet on the stairs and hallway. I do crate her when I go out where she has her kong toys! Reading some of these comments makes me realise how lucky I am with her! Although at the time I kill her! But then she will give me this puppy look and I go all soft on her but don’t show her! Ruby is my second lab I was very lucky with my first as she never chewed anything so ruby was quite a shock for me! I would never be without a lab in my life the most loving dogs ever

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Cindy April 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I have a 8 month old lab mix and she chewed up the cover of the hot tub in the back yard of the house we rent. She has also chewed up about half of our youngest daughter’s toys, our oldest daughter’s roller derby skates, and my Privo shoes. She has eaten numerous plastic bead necklaces as has been evidenced in her poop on several occasions. She has also chewed the handlebars off of my middle daughter’s scooter and my youngest one’s tricycle. And all of that is just since we got her in December!

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Tara April 28, 2014 at 12:43 am

I have an 11 month lab whom we’ve had for 9 months and are struggling with doing him from destroying everything. We started by containing him to one room of the house but he has eaten 3 cable wires and the gate keeping him in that room. We then did crate training when we couldn’t supervise him, which we thought would be fine as my fiance works from home and spend time with him every few hours. While this kept him from chewing apart the gate, he has now eaten 3 plastic bottoms to the crate. Has anyone else had these problems? We’ve been training him on the basics but can’t figure out how to stop him from destroying things. We’ve given him many, many toys and different types, but nothing has kept his attention or lasted long enough. If anyone had any suggestions we would welcome them!

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Pippa April 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hi Tara, quite a lot of dogs chew plastic crate liners, it isn’t unusual. You can line a crate with a tight fitting wooden board (tight enough so he cannot get at the edges) or purchase a metal crate liner. The former is better if you cannot leave him alone with bedding, as the wood is warmer and more comfortable than metal. He will probably grow out of the whole destructive thing in the next six months or so, so hang on in there. Pippa

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Diana April 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

My 7 month old fox red is a chewer! I did find Deep Heat on my furniture helped. Also as she needs to chew I got her some bulls pizzles (disgusting I know) keeps her occupied for a while. It teaches you to not leave stuff I suppose. This week alone two pairs of sunglasses, bunch of bananas, biscuits and anything left on the kitchen surfaces! The biggest problem we have is that she still loves her own poo the best, yuk!!!

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Nicole April 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

My sons black lab/english terrier mix is 7mths old and has mannaged to chew a whole bunch of different things. The two most expensive things she’s chewed were my reading glasses and ipad. We can’t leave anything on the counters, because she’s like Mikey, she eats anything she can get her teeth on! She’s a very high energy dog and we’ve noticed she mainely does most her “bad” chewing when she’s bord. We also have a 3yr old yellow lab. She did chew a bit in her puppy stage, but not this bad. The younger (Maya) one even likes chewing at the elder (Lexi) ones neck and hine legs, just to get her to play or to simply aggravate her. Do not worry, Lexi does give Maya a stern warning when she’s over stepped her boundaries in play. They are both beautiful dogs, but man…I’m so anxious for Maya to be done with this stage!

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Adam Sherman May 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

I can’t tell you how invaluable this website has been for me as a first time owner of a lab. I had read they chew a lot, but was not prepared for the level of destruction we have seen so far! Ruber is our 11 month old male yellow lab. He has chewed the corner of everything… every kitchen cupboard and unit, the kitchen chairs are barely still standing on their legs, the walls have been stripped of the paint, paper and in some cases the plaster. He has eaten countless articles of clothing and after he had a full hip replacement we thought he would appreciate carpet (so as not to slip on the ceramic tiles) however that got eaten too! Not to mention his expensive bed! The garden bushes have been “trimmed” to the roots and the grass dug up. I haves learned so far that the dining room is his… We’ll redecorate when he grows up, not to leave anything worth worrying about within his reach and to not be attached to anything he is allowed contact with, as it won’t be there for long! Definitely agree with confinement when he cannot be supervised, we use a combination of a cage and stair gates. That said he is the most gorgeous, dopey, loving dog who is great with our 1 & 3 yr old. Our 3 year old said recently that his fabourite part of our holiday in Cornwall was taking Ruber for a walk. Bless. As I write he has just worked his way through a kong stick, so off to the shops later! It certainly helps to be able to read the similar experiences of others… the joys of lab ownership! :)

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Tom June 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

We’re working on our second lab pup now. Our first dog ate through our entire kitchen, most literally… We returned home one evening, and found she had found a loose corner in the linoleum, and had managed to tear nearly the entire kitchen floor up. She also chewed through every window sill, door frame, and baseboard in that room. She also customized our kitchen table for us by chewing off all four corners. She did eventually quit chewing, and she was the best dog we have ever owned. We’re just trying to keep from remodeling the kitchen again with our newest family member…

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Tamara June 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

We have a male Labrador who was 1 last month, my husband and I having both had dogs as family pets growing up, thought a labrador would be the perfect addition to our family.
Yes hes perfect with our little girl by my god his eating habits are unreal!
We crated him to begin with but he quickly outgrew the crate, and there just isnt any space in the house to put a larger one (thankfully were moving at the end of the month so one will be reintroduced!)
I need to take him with me at all times to stop him from chewing in the home, he finally outgrew the puppy chewing but when my mums dog came whilst she was on holiday he quickly returned to his ways when he left.
He has ate his way through skirting boards, phone chargers (whilst plugged in and on!) shoes, bags, toys, the handbrake in the car, a glass photoframe (Yes that astounded me aswell! lucky little so and so didnt cut himself!!) Now he has ate the plastic in my boot where the parcel shelf sits of my brand new car! This was with a kong toy filled with paste and treats, a ball and another chew toy, within 10 minutes!
Googling found me this blog and glad to know were not alone!
I see above someone else asked about muzzling, I wondered if anyone did this for 1 year old labs? The amount of time he is in the car or left unattended in minimal, it would only be a temporary measure until he was back into a crate in a few weeks time. What are the thoughts on this? We really are the end of our tether will him. So frustrating! Hoping it ended nearer 2yrs. He is such a loveable dog and truly is wonderful with our toddler!

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Annabelle June 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

The joys of having a lab!!! My golden lab will be one year old tomorrow. So far she has chewed; a coffee table, 2 remotes controls, a pair of curtains, a window sill, a number of books, some WALL, and a couple of days ago she chewed the arm off my sofa :( but she is the best dog in the world her temperament is amazing especially with my 5 year daughter they are two peas in a pod! I wouldn’t change anything about my dog she is like another child to me :) Labradors are amazing beasts.

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linda clark June 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

Our 5month old black lab male Clayton all of a sudden has started tearing things up when we leave and he knows he’s done something bad but continues to do it . We used to crate him , but we started leaving him out of the crate by himself and he was doing very well ( we ‘re usually only gone maybe 3 hrs ) My husband refuses to crate him again , he thinks we ‘ll have to start all over . I don’t have a problem with crating him again , he liked it , my husband I think needs to be retrained , help !!!

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Pippa June 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

Hi Linda, puppies don’t really understand that chewing your things is wrong, they just know that you are displeased. Five months is very young to de-crate a puppy, I crate mine until they are well over a year old. It isn’t a training issue, you need to keep your stuff out of his way,until he is through the chewing stage. It is annoying, but it will pass. :)

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Dana June 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Hi. My 8 month old female yellow lab has destroyed a lot things in the backyard. She ripped the screen slider right off, chewed countless rakes, and today she just chewed the rubber coating off the pipes that are a part of the central air. We can never catch her in the act so when we punish her, she doesn’t know why she’s being scolded. My mom is threatening to get rid of her. What should we do with her when we are out for a few hours? How can we get her to stop chewing the up the backyard?

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Helena June 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

My chocolate lab has just turned 1. He’s never been a chewer… Until now! He’s getting the same if not more exercise, he’s not left for long periods of time (I’m a stay at home Mum). He’s chewed cables, remote controls, shoes etc. it’s not always when we got out either. It’s when we go upstairs to get dressed. It’s driving us crazy! We don’t know why he’s doing this. He has access to chew toys which we rotate, he just chooses to chew on naughty things. Is there anything we can do? Any suggestions on why he’s suddenly started this behaviour, please?

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Leroy July 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I have a 6 mo. old Black Lab Blue Tick puppy(Girl, named Roxie) that is into everything. She does not like cats and is always biting/chewing on my hand. Would putting bitters on my hand stop her from doing this?

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Kate Eichorn July 11, 2014 at 12:35 am

Need help Pls we have a 6 month old golden labrador female and she digs and chews . She digs small holes in our back yard and chews hoses and wires to air conditioner outside . She brings in small rocks and twigs to and chews on them. How can I STOP this it’s driving my hubby crazy . I say it’s a puppy thing and that you cannot watch her all the time but what if she zaps herself from eating the air con wires . Help . Don’t know what to do at wits end.

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Bruce Faulhaber July 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Charlie is my 6 month old Chocolate lab. At first I thought it would only be a digging crisis, of which I was able to break in my previous yellow lab. However, it has turned out that he is a digger and a chewer. It wasn’t bad with just an occasional shoe now and then. Good knows my wife has an abundance of them. Then he found the wood pile. Other than wood chips all over the lawn it is more of a nuisance to clean up. Now since summer has arrived and I have begun my summer hobby of grilling, Charlie has decided to help by chewing every electric chord in half (and thirds) on all four of my grills and extension chords as well. He knows that he has done wrong and runs and hides under my pine tree. And I have come to the conclusion that I’m too old to chase him. If I would have caught him I think I would have yanked out all his teeth. Then I discovered that when he is bad he automatically goes to his crate. So, that will be his punishment from now on. And is put in the crate when I’m gone. I left him out side when I ran to the store to get new chords. By the time I returned he had my 100 foot water hose chewed neatly into four 25 ft sections. Lesson being, don’t leave home without him or put him in the crate.

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Donna July 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I just searched for Labrador destructive chewing and found this thread. My circumstance seems a bit different. I have a 7 month old chocolate. She is crate trained, and goes to Day Care 3-4 days per week (she loves it – she grabs her leash and sits by the door sometimes on days when she is not scheduled to go) Other days, she is home with us, with walks and romps at the off-leash dog park. She is a strong chewer, having chewed through deer antlers and large bones in a day (she turns up her nose at any kind of chew toy, Kong included, that is not real bone) She has also chewed up baseboard, molding and table legs. When she does, we either offer her something appropriate to chew on, or put her in the crate. But the oddity is, for the most part, she only starts chewing on things she shouldn’t when we are in the room with her. We started to leave her in the room uncrated (with baby gate) for short periods of time and noticed that she just rests when we’re gone – she rarely engages in destructive chewing. If we leave her too long, she may start to chew on something she shouldn’t, but I find it so odd that she is most likely to engage in this behavior when in our presence. Any insight on this? Thank you for your feedback, Pippa.

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Andrea July 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Kenzie, my 8 months old labrador ate basically everything at my house. He munched the piano legs, a door, made a hole on the floor (I don’t really get it how he managed to eat the concrete floor). Chair legs, laptop charger. There is a drawer near the bathroom, he ate everything we left there, including my glasses, husband’s wallet, a watch, and some hairbrushes. Everytime we forget and put something on the drawer, we paid a hugh price. He did it mostly when we’re still asleep in the morning, or in the bath.
But he rarely destroys anything when we leave him alone in the house.

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Maggie Smith August 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Our seven month old lab has been chewing our wicker benches. She will sneak over to it when outside. She has torn up bushes, including pine trees and digs all around the fence. We have spent a lot of money on kong toys but she tends to like the softer ones. Is there a way to keep her from eating the bushes? I can remove the outdoor wicker as she got sick on it this morning. Lucky for us I caught her in time before the entire bench was gone.

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Abree Stanhope August 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

My 4 month old black female lab has been chewing completely everything she finds she digs like crazy. Another thing I noticed about her is she does not want her toys anymore but she want everything else! Is there anyway to keep her from not chewing on everything? And I should start giving her kong toys. When we leave her in the house by herself she just goes in her kennel and we just leave the door open on it and she will not do anything..

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Peg August 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

We have a brother, and sister chocolate Lab. They were 8 months on the 12th of Aug. To date it ‘seems’ the Millie’ is for the most part the culprit although Max has been caught a couple times. She has destroyed the passenger door handle in the car in the backseat. 4 walls now have been gnawed on, and in need of repair, and caught her the other night gnawing on my dresser leg when I thought she was chewing on her big rawhide bone. Glad I caught the sound being a bit different or it would have probably been too far gone to repair. It’s definitely a challenge. We thought they were both doing it, but it seems he tends to scratch at things more so, but does chew his toys to pieces. He’s also chewed her collar off along with her flea collar, and both of their outside leashes my husband would use when he’s mowing the lawn!
Thank God I came here to read..was so upset when she started on my bedroom wall last night in one instant after going into my bathroom after the dresser incident the other night! We’ve tried the bitter spray, and no luck. They don’t like being in the kennel while we’re home, but only way to teach them if we can’t have eyes on every single second I suppose.

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Trevor Mill August 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Lando is a 16 m.o. Chocolate Lab that has in his lifetime; scratched through a sheetrock wall, tore up a 5 foot section of hallway carpeting, chewed the corner off of a wall, and now has destroyed our backyard shrubs…torn them to shreds all over the lawn…oh yeah, he didn’t like the sod we layed….and excavated it!! We’re going to see how the cayenne pepper trick works on the shrubs as a deterrent!

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Janine August 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

Help! Our chocolate is 3 1/2 years old and is still chewing. I can surround her with toys, but if I turn my back for a minute she’s working on a cookbook or a dollhouse. She’s with family most of the time, lots of playtime with kids who adore her, and crated at night (because she was pulling books off the bookshelf to eat while we slept). She seems too old to still be doing this. But I never catch her in the act to scold her, we don’t know what to do.

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rebecca August 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

Oh my gosh, I feel so much better after reading this. I have a almost two year old labraheeler, and she chews something fierce. I came on here to see what I could do to stop it, but all she chews is papers, phone chargers and shoes. She doesn’t chew furniture or doors or walls or anything like that. But I do have to cover her bed or she pulls out all the stuffing. I wouldn’t take anything for her, she is my first lab, and I love her to the moon and back. She gives me so much more in love and affection and protection and security and cuddles, than she ever chewed up in stuff. Feel so much better now, I like the crate idea and will look into it, maybe I can fit it by my bed, but so glad I came in here. I think from now on, I will always have a lab. She towers over my other baby, a poochon, and all my families dogs, but she thinks she’s their size and has never been aggressive towards them in the least. I love her and am so thankful I didn’t walk away and not get her when I did. She’s worth so much to me, thanks for the reminder. Love this site

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Donna Shore August 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

My puppy Lab is now 10 months old & has been crate trained since she came to her new home (our house obviously) at 8wks old. She is given plenty of chew toys, bones etc to chew, is played with, walked (for about 2 hrs a day on & off the lead) trained to go & fetch back a ball & played with in our garage & or back garden. At what age will I be able to trust leaving her on her own out of the crate in the house while we are out. I don’t go out to work (early retirement) but obviously I do have a active social life & sport. I feel awful every time I lock her in the crate. I know she’s absolutely fine, with toys & things she can chew in with her & a her water bowl on very hot days. BUT I feel incredibly guilty! She is not left during the day for any longer than 5hrs at the longest time. She is my third Lab in 24yrs, but I didn’t crate my other two. & we had a few disasters destructive wise in the past. Please can you advise & try maybe to put my mind at ease. Cheers.

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Pippa August 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Hi there, I usually start de-crating at around a year old, sometimes later (with keen chewers) sometimes a little earlier. You’ll just have to try in and see. It’s best to begin by leaving the dog a very short time in a single room such as the kitchen, with plenty of kongs etc to keep her occupied. Extend the time gradually and you should be fine. If she starts chewing the furniture, you’ll need to go back to the crate for a while longer. Good luck :)

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Martin Weaver August 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Our Yellow Lab turned one year old yesterday. We’ve been leaving her out of her crate at night for about 2 months now without any trouble overnight. Twice a week, I leave very early for work and I let the dogs out and feed them before leaving and then leave them free in the house till my wife gets up. This is when the trouble starts. Luna has started to eat TV remotes even though she has her chew bones all over the floor. After reading all of the other damage everyone else’s labs have done, I’m starting to feel quite lucky…

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Kaylee Kritzinger August 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

We have 2 16 month old labs. And we have tried everything from a professional trainer from 12 weeks old to every toy on the market but tine and time again we get home from work to find they have destroyed the pool cleaning pipes or dug a hole under the wall eaten thru the concrete, shredded the garden hose pipe and removed all of the stones from the pot plants. They have even chewed holes in walls over night. We are at wits ends. Would love some advice. Crates won’t work coz we can’t leave them in creates all day long from 7-5 well we are at work. Thanx

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Jessica L September 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Hi my name Is Jessica i have a one year old chocolate lab named Wilson sometimes he drives me crazy but i love him none the less. He was a pretty good as a young puppy only chewing up small things that didnt matter much such as toliet paper or empty milk carton that was about age 6 to 7 months old. we got him at 9 weeks old so just over 2 months of age. He hated his crate we tried so hard to crate train him for 2 months or so every time we left the house or went to bed we put him in there and he would cry and bark all night long most nights i only got about 3 to 4 hours of sleep because he simply wouldnt stop not to mention it drove me crazy but it also made me feel so horrible for putting him in there he would get so worked up he would drool so much he would be soaking wet and id have to give him a bath and wash the cage. This was a huge pain in the butt! finally at around 4 and a half to five months of age i had enough and let him sleep with me he has not had the drooling problem and still has that problem to this day when he is crated. He has never barked or cryed or went to the bathroom in my bed or in my bed room. Id say he was fully potty trained in about 1 to 2 months of having him with the exception of once sense then. He never was a big chewer until about 6 and half to 7 months of age he is one year old now some stuff he doesnt chew any more but some thing have gotten worse he use to chew pens, anything plastic or rubber like my toliet plunger and plastic containers for food storage. he has now moved on to things at a year old to dvds records pen still he chewed up a black sharpie marker in my bad on my year old bed spread( This does not ever fully come off fyi) he just chewed one of my couch cushions. Well yell at him we have tryed redirecting with other toys or stuff this has never worked for us. He only chews things when we arnt home never around us. I walk him all the time and play with him but there are periods of times he is left alone for hours i think he does this because he is mad at me or my boyrfriend for leaving him alone. we have tryed sprays to things that make noise nothing works except his cage he is afraid of it has been sense the day we got him. I feel like i am at my wits end sometimes when i come home from a long day at work and he has chewed something up oh yeah at around age 8 months he started to dig big whole in our back yard in the grass got to the point we had to put up a make shift fence and plant new grass seed and water it not to mention all the mud and dirt that gets in his mouth from eating it to under his nails from digging in it. sometimes i think i am gonna lose my mind i punish him and then after a few minutes i look at his cute face and i almost feel bad for being mad these are just things they can be replaced or thrown out if not important i cant replace him he is special and one of a kind he does silly things and makes me laugh he loves to play and loves loves loves to go out for walks and play ball. I have been told by other lab owners that this behavior will stop over time he has to grow and mature which i hear is about age 2 or 3 years old. OMG one or 2 more years of chewing hope i can handle it while keeping my sanity. I dont know what else to do about these things so i just punish him and move on sprays and noise things do not work for my dog for those it does work for are lucky. He was so good from age 2 months to 5 or 6 months then all the sudden he is a little monster that will chew anything you leave out but only if their isnt someone around wonder why that is any idea??? if some one has a way to keep him from chewing my house up let me know. thanks Jessica and one year old Wilson the chocolate lab.

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Lydia September 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

My 10 year old Chocolate lab has started chewing my wood furniture among other things. The thing that has upset me the most is our family Bible she destroyed it, and it been on the same table in the living room since she was a puppy. She gets a lot of attention and has run of house and yard, I don’t want to crate her when we leave but if I can’t figure out why I guess she will be.

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Diana September 21, 2014 at 1:24 am

HELP!!! I have a beautiful 2 year old black lab that has been to training, is very obedient and a great dog. In the last two weeks she has started chewing things’ leather shoe laces, my leather Kendal cover, slippers and just now pulled down a bag with file folders and paper and tore it up. Any ideas as to why this has started now at 2 years old and never happened before? HELP!! I’ve put her in her kennel now but don’t like doing this.

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Safiya September 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Hi my 1 year old Golden Retriever has not stopped her chewing/biting stage. She does not only bite furniture now… She has moved onto cars. Currently she has damaged 4 of the cars at home and is not hesitant on biting our visitors cars. Most of the biting is done at night. Please help me…. regards Safiya

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Kecia September 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Hello all, I have a 5 month old black Lab named Mason. He is the cutest and most playful pup and I love him to death. However I’m at my wits end as to how to deal with his chewing. He has chewed the underside of all of my dining room chairs and the entire backside of my sofa. He’s so bad with it that he will do it right in front of you. He even try’s to chew the kitchen and living room floors. I have replaced countless phone charger cords, laptop cords, and even had to replace the AC because of his chewing. He has an affinity for bras and socks so he routinely busts in the bathroom to steal them and commence to chewing them. Paper towels and toilet tissue are favorites of his too as well as garbage from the wastebaskets in our rooms. You name it he’s chewed it. I can never stay angry with him even though my coworkersust think I’m some sort of miser since every day I come to work with chewed up shoes and clothing. I crate him when no one is home but if we’re all in the house and you get up to use the bathroom, by the time you come out he’s gotten into something-I need Cesar Milan on speed dial!

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Pippa September 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hi Kecia, have you got a crate or puppy pen?

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Jenny October 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

I wonder if anyone can help me. Two days ago we had some batteries fitted in our integral garage to save the spare electricity produced by our solar panels during daylight which we then use at night. Since then, day time only, my lab, Kelly, has behaved very strangely, wandering about the house, scratching up her bed, trembling as though frightened and very reluctant to come back into the house after a walk. I think she may be hearing something unpleasant for her from the new machinery. Has anyone any ideas what we can do. Jenny

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Meagan October 11, 2014 at 12:02 am

I have a 9 month old chocolate lab terrier mix. She has more energy than I even no what to do with! My last (and first) dog was a beagle and she was so mellow compared to this and her last couple of years she really slowed down so I was not prepared for this amount of energy. She requires two long walks a day. And right now she is running in circles with my towel. She has chewed up my moms phone into pieces, my homework, three of my blankets, she has ripped 4 holes in my couch (3 just this week), she tore up my carpet in 3 different rooms, chews on chair legs, chewed up every single throw rug I had (I now have none), library books, and loves biting my arm and nose.

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Caroline October 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

At 16 weeks Maggie ( Black labXcurly) chewed through the wiring in my landrover under the seats… expensive!!! A fortnight ago she got under the house and chewed through the telephone cable – my first online uni assignment was due the next day…no phone = no internet…. I have NEVER had such a destructive dog!!!

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Maggie October 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

wow , I thought we had it bad with our 9 month old puppy. She has gone through two beds and a rug, pine cones, bushes and Kong toys. She started at 4 months with a fascination about my kitchen towels but has quit bothering them now. I guess we have been lucky when it comes to toys as we have spent over $500.00 on toys but our walls are still standing and our furniture is still intact. We keep shoes put away, close doors we don’t want her in and have started training classes for her. She really has an attitude but don’t we all at times?

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Paul October 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

I have an almost 2 year old yellow lab, Zeena, who loves to go into garbage cans for paper, grab paper off tables and will pick anything up off the floor to chew on and eat. I’ve been pretty lucky with her not chewing on furniture. But with everything else, I just don’t know what to do, she’s even getting to where she’ll try to sneak it right in front of me and I get worried that she will swallow the wrong thing one of these times. Also lately, she has been going up on the counters to try to get food and has been grabbing at food on people’s plates as well, I have always just given her dog food and I know she will get something every now and then but I really prefer her to just have dog food.
Does anyone have any idea of what I can do?

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