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August 10, 2009

Appetite for Destruction: When Good Dogs Chew

By David DiBenedetto

Last night when my wife, Jenny, and I returned from the grocery store I let Pritch out of her crate, and Jenny and I began unloading the goods. A few minutes later, I looked on the kitchen floor to see Pritch enjoying a $20 bill that had fallen off the counter and was now in two pieces. I ended her cash fix as quickly as it started, and a surgical-like taping job began. (I can assure you President Jackson never looked so good.)

So far Pritch has been pretty darn good about not chewing items of interest. By those items I mean anything that has emotional or financial value. But the $20 bill incident led me to tally up the other objects Pritch has gotten her teeth around: The slipcovers on both couches have small holes near the corners. The Oriental rug has a half-dollar-size hole where the thread was pulled out. The coffee table leg looks to have been attacked by a rabid rat. Two pairs of flip-flops seem to have been hit by a meat tenderizer. The corner of a throw pillow lost some serious threads. And, ironically, my brother’s copy of Training Your Retriever by James Lamb Free has a few nibble marks on it. (Sorry, bro.)

The dollar amount? Well, that quickly gets you over $2,000 worth of goods…and I thought we were doing well. To be fair, Pritch hasn’t gotten a tooth on any of the structural elements of our house—walls, molding, doors, etc. Early on we learned that if she showed any interest in that stuff we’d quickly hit it with Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray —by far the greatest chewing deterrent I know of. And we don’t have any true horror stories like my friend who’s Jack Russell disemboweled a queen mattress. Or a fellow I met recently whose dog ate every one of his wife’s high heel shoes—the type that cost more than a fine fly rod.

In general, we typically keep a close eye on Pritch, and whenever we see her looking “chewy” we throw her a Kong toy or an indestructible bone.

How about your pooch? Has it put the big chew on your stuff? Let’s hear about it.

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from chew-gourmet wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Teh best fix for a chewing dog is getting them a Chew-Gourmet Dog Bone. Pritch will be obsessed with chewing on these all-natural beef chewing bones and will care less about your belongings. You can check them out at www.chewdogbones.com

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Balzack chews beef bones i barter from the butcher at the grocery store. i keep him supplied with fish and game and he keep me supplied with bones for him to chew.

I already mentioned by buddies dog and shotshells in the post on fish hooks.

My aunt's bulldog ate 3 rose bushes over christmas.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

My Newfy chewed anything sprayed with Bitter Apple or Tabasco. As a pup he chewed through at least one large rawhide a day. Got expensive but better than having him chew everything else.

He ate all my rose bushes. Heard him whining one day, Went out and he was squatting with this sick look on his face. Passed a foot long rose stem.

Another day, came home, and he wasn't at his usual spot by the gate. He peaked around the corner of the house and pulled back again. Went back and found two garbage cans chewed to pieces and trash strewn across the yard. He had a sorry but I couldn't resist it grin on his face.

Woke up in the middle of the night to a loud noise. Couldn't figure out what it was. Just about got to sleep and CRASH! THUMP! Ran outside - neighbors's lights were popping on. Here was Beau with one of his favorite chew toys in his jaws, a fireplace log, tail wagging. He shook his head, threw the log, and fetched it back. Finally figured out how the aluminum screen door got trashed.

Came home one day and Beau was nowhere to be seen. Called him and heard him whimpering behind the heat pump. He had chewed through the insulation, and ripped off the power cables. While playing tug of war, he got a cable wrapped around a rear leg so many times that it had lifted him up so only his shoulder and head were on the ground. I bent down to lift him up and untangle him, all 175 pounds. R-R-R-R-I-P ... split my nice suit pants.

I miss that dog.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

my other chocolate lab when she was a puppy chewed the bottom of our recliner when the leg was out and we thought that it was the only visual damage. little did we know that after a while of rocking on it that it was actually quite loose and one day while I leisurely rocked watching the t.v collapsed from underneath me and the upholstery from under neath was bit pretty good allowing me to fall through. to this day I don't know how she did that.

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from pinopolis wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

some people lose socks in the laundry. my family lost one a day to our black lab. he would ingest them whole. about 24 hours later we'd find them in the back yard.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Pigskin chews from Wallyworld are just the ticket for a small dog like my wife's toy Poodle Bunny. My GSH Pointer would eat a chew in a few moments so I give her a smoked pig foot. Takes her a little while but she eats the whole thing.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Well, my dog Dexter can tear anything to pieces, literally, we gave him a baseball and he took the outer cover off in ten minuets. We gave him a RUBBER throwing dummy, and he tore it to pieces, its amazing what that dog can do...

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

MLH-- Dang, your Newfy could put a hurting on things... -D

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from MLH wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Dave - lots of extraneous costs to owning a dog, eh? But we love them anyway.

Really enjoy your posts, especially since I am considering a spaniel for a new dog. I love pointing dogs but prefer a flushing dog for my type of hunting. And carrying one of these guys out of the woods when it's whooped or injured is much easier than a large setter or pointer. Can't wait to see how Pritch does in the field.

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from kelmitch wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If I breed him once I break even.If I breed him twice I make a profit.If I dont breed him at all I still have a great dog even though a lot of people would love to pass the pedigree.Not this year dont want to slow the training.Just another way to look at costs.

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from smileycat wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

When my golden retriever was a pup, she would lie next to any corner of the house and chew the drywall down to the metal corner. I got pretty good at spackling, sanding and painting! The next best thing for her was any dish towel that hung on the oven door. She could jump for it and if I wrapped it around the handle, more fun for her. Geez!

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The worst dog I know of that makes the most damage I have ever seen is my Dad's bulldog and pug, his doors and basically most of the wood furnishings in his house have some hint of bite marks on it. He tried using the sour apple and hot sauce trick but the dogs act like it is candy. Is there any other way to fix this?

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I remember when I first got married in my very early 20's,my wife and I had just rented a furnished apartment,that was dated with 1960's furniture.

I asked the owner of the house if I could get a dog,"sure was his reply!"

I wanted to rescue one from the dog pound. They had just got a litter of pups in. The daddy,I was told,was a large Saint Bernard while the mom was a Labrador Retreiver.

I picked out the biggest one in the litter. I worked at a gas station,the ones where the attendant actually pumped your gas, checked your oil and transmission fluid;and I would take "Bear" with me, whenever I would go to work.

One day, I couldn't take Bear to work with me, and my wife had to go to the doctor to get something to take the 5-pounds off, she had gained in the 7-months we were married.

It seems she placed the new prescription of diet pills on the dresser, and left to come pick me up from work. She was absent from the apartment for about 4-hours,before she was due to give me a ride home.

After she arrived,we went and grabbed a bite to eat and went home.Upon our arrival,I was horrified and shocked at what my eyes laid witness to when I opened the door to our apartment.

Bear,who by now was 6-months old and weighed about 65-pounds, was chasing his tail in the middle of a destroyed rented apartment.He stopped just long enough,to see who had entered his playground and went back to chasing his tail.

The mattress that was on the bed was in several hundred pieces,foam bedding was shredded beyond recognition. Every chair in the house was laid bare,to metal and wood. Even the wood had teeth marks everywhere possible,and the carpet,what was left of it, was torn in any direction it could be pulled by a dieting dog!

It seems Bear got a hold of my wifes new prescrition of diet pills,and now was a tail-chasing, unstoppable force that needed to be reckonded with. I knew he didn't have an appetite,because of the diet pills,but his destruction was going to add up,if he lived through the night.

My wife asked what I was going to do,all the while, Bear was still chasing his tail. I went and got his leash and asked if he wanted to go for a walk ... he wasn't listening. I yelled Bear and immediately, he looked dumb founded,giving me just enough time to get the leash on.

I took him to a 200-acre park as he began to walk me. It was cold out, so I decided to take the leash off to see what he would do. He took off running as I decided to follow him. I didn't know where he was going,but he just ran and ran some more.

After a couple of hours of exercise/chasing,I began to get tired,and it appeared that Bear was too. We ended up at a creek, several miles from the car and park,when Bear decided to get a drink. That gave me enough time to get the leash secured,and we began the trek back to reality.

I stopped at the local meat market and asked for the biggest bone they had. Bear was content,but awake most of the night,as well as myself ... it was an adventure.

Did I mention that Bear had an intestinal disorder, characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations,commonly referred to as diarrhea,after he ingested the medicine?

I probably shouldn't ...

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

2Poppa--That one may take the cake...and the irony of the diet pills causing that dog to eat/chew everything in the house is pretty funny. Glad the dog--and you-- survived. -D

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from MLH wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

My Newfy chewed anything sprayed with Bitter Apple or Tabasco. As a pup he chewed through at least one large rawhide a day. Got expensive but better than having him chew everything else.

He ate all my rose bushes. Heard him whining one day, Went out and he was squatting with this sick look on his face. Passed a foot long rose stem.

Another day, came home, and he wasn't at his usual spot by the gate. He peaked around the corner of the house and pulled back again. Went back and found two garbage cans chewed to pieces and trash strewn across the yard. He had a sorry but I couldn't resist it grin on his face.

Woke up in the middle of the night to a loud noise. Couldn't figure out what it was. Just about got to sleep and CRASH! THUMP! Ran outside - neighbors's lights were popping on. Here was Beau with one of his favorite chew toys in his jaws, a fireplace log, tail wagging. He shook his head, threw the log, and fetched it back. Finally figured out how the aluminum screen door got trashed.

Came home one day and Beau was nowhere to be seen. Called him and heard him whimpering behind the heat pump. He had chewed through the insulation, and ripped off the power cables. While playing tug of war, he got a cable wrapped around a rear leg so many times that it had lifted him up so only his shoulder and head were on the ground. I bent down to lift him up and untangle him, all 175 pounds. R-R-R-R-I-P ... split my nice suit pants.

I miss that dog.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

my other chocolate lab when she was a puppy chewed the bottom of our recliner when the leg was out and we thought that it was the only visual damage. little did we know that after a while of rocking on it that it was actually quite loose and one day while I leisurely rocked watching the t.v collapsed from underneath me and the upholstery from under neath was bit pretty good allowing me to fall through. to this day I don't know how she did that.

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from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

2Poppa--That one may take the cake...and the irony of the diet pills causing that dog to eat/chew everything in the house is pretty funny. Glad the dog--and you-- survived. -D

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Balzack chews beef bones i barter from the butcher at the grocery store. i keep him supplied with fish and game and he keep me supplied with bones for him to chew.

I already mentioned by buddies dog and shotshells in the post on fish hooks.

My aunt's bulldog ate 3 rose bushes over christmas.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from pinopolis wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

some people lose socks in the laundry. my family lost one a day to our black lab. he would ingest them whole. about 24 hours later we'd find them in the back yard.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Pigskin chews from Wallyworld are just the ticket for a small dog like my wife's toy Poodle Bunny. My GSH Pointer would eat a chew in a few moments so I give her a smoked pig foot. Takes her a little while but she eats the whole thing.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Alex Pernice th... wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Well, my dog Dexter can tear anything to pieces, literally, we gave him a baseball and he took the outer cover off in ten minuets. We gave him a RUBBER throwing dummy, and he tore it to pieces, its amazing what that dog can do...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dave DiBenedetto wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

MLH-- Dang, your Newfy could put a hurting on things... -D

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from MLH wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Dave - lots of extraneous costs to owning a dog, eh? But we love them anyway.

Really enjoy your posts, especially since I am considering a spaniel for a new dog. I love pointing dogs but prefer a flushing dog for my type of hunting. And carrying one of these guys out of the woods when it's whooped or injured is much easier than a large setter or pointer. Can't wait to see how Pritch does in the field.

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from kelmitch wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If I breed him once I break even.If I breed him twice I make a profit.If I dont breed him at all I still have a great dog even though a lot of people would love to pass the pedigree.Not this year dont want to slow the training.Just another way to look at costs.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from smileycat wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

When my golden retriever was a pup, she would lie next to any corner of the house and chew the drywall down to the metal corner. I got pretty good at spackling, sanding and painting! The next best thing for her was any dish towel that hung on the oven door. She could jump for it and if I wrapped it around the handle, more fun for her. Geez!

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

The worst dog I know of that makes the most damage I have ever seen is my Dad's bulldog and pug, his doors and basically most of the wood furnishings in his house have some hint of bite marks on it. He tried using the sour apple and hot sauce trick but the dogs act like it is candy. Is there any other way to fix this?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I remember when I first got married in my very early 20's,my wife and I had just rented a furnished apartment,that was dated with 1960's furniture.

I asked the owner of the house if I could get a dog,"sure was his reply!"

I wanted to rescue one from the dog pound. They had just got a litter of pups in. The daddy,I was told,was a large Saint Bernard while the mom was a Labrador Retreiver.

I picked out the biggest one in the litter. I worked at a gas station,the ones where the attendant actually pumped your gas, checked your oil and transmission fluid;and I would take "Bear" with me, whenever I would go to work.

One day, I couldn't take Bear to work with me, and my wife had to go to the doctor to get something to take the 5-pounds off, she had gained in the 7-months we were married.

It seems she placed the new prescription of diet pills on the dresser, and left to come pick me up from work. She was absent from the apartment for about 4-hours,before she was due to give me a ride home.

After she arrived,we went and grabbed a bite to eat and went home.Upon our arrival,I was horrified and shocked at what my eyes laid witness to when I opened the door to our apartment.

Bear,who by now was 6-months old and weighed about 65-pounds, was chasing his tail in the middle of a destroyed rented apartment.He stopped just long enough,to see who had entered his playground and went back to chasing his tail.

The mattress that was on the bed was in several hundred pieces,foam bedding was shredded beyond recognition. Every chair in the house was laid bare,to metal and wood. Even the wood had teeth marks everywhere possible,and the carpet,what was left of it, was torn in any direction it could be pulled by a dieting dog!

It seems Bear got a hold of my wifes new prescrition of diet pills,and now was a tail-chasing, unstoppable force that needed to be reckonded with. I knew he didn't have an appetite,because of the diet pills,but his destruction was going to add up,if he lived through the night.

My wife asked what I was going to do,all the while, Bear was still chasing his tail. I went and got his leash and asked if he wanted to go for a walk ... he wasn't listening. I yelled Bear and immediately, he looked dumb founded,giving me just enough time to get the leash on.

I took him to a 200-acre park as he began to walk me. It was cold out, so I decided to take the leash off to see what he would do. He took off running as I decided to follow him. I didn't know where he was going,but he just ran and ran some more.

After a couple of hours of exercise/chasing,I began to get tired,and it appeared that Bear was too. We ended up at a creek, several miles from the car and park,when Bear decided to get a drink. That gave me enough time to get the leash secured,and we began the trek back to reality.

I stopped at the local meat market and asked for the biggest bone they had. Bear was content,but awake most of the night,as well as myself ... it was an adventure.

Did I mention that Bear had an intestinal disorder, characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations,commonly referred to as diarrhea,after he ingested the medicine?

I probably shouldn't ...

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from chew-gourmet wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Teh best fix for a chewing dog is getting them a Chew-Gourmet Dog Bone. Pritch will be obsessed with chewing on these all-natural beef chewing bones and will care less about your belongings. You can check them out at www.chewdogbones.com

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