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Old 01-07-2013, 06:00 AM
Location: Kansas
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Crating. Nylabones. Stop using the "puppy" excuse as you are dealing with a dog that is destructive not teething. Is this dog fully housebroken?
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:07 AM
Location: North Idaho
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You've received a lot of advice. So all I am going to add is to get yourself a bottle of dawn dish washing detergent in the original blue color and go around the house and coat all electric cords, phone, cords and computer cords. That will prevent the dog from biting into those while you are getting the training done. It would be too bad if the dog electrocuted himself while you are trying to get him under control.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Litlove71 View Post
I'm a big fan of antlers for my dog to chew on. Deer are sturdier, elk softer.
Do you folks think those are safer than the rawhides? Thanks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:55 PM
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The issues with raw hide are 1) bleach and formaldehyde in product made outside the USA and 2) expansion within the GI tract leading to obstruction. Compressed rawhide, which is brownish not white, is supposed to be far safer.

Both antlers and raw hide can pose a choking hazard.

When used properly by the dog, antlers seem to pass very nicely through the system with no ill effects.

Dogs do need to chew, I can't stress that enough. It can be a challenge to find safe and healthy options to meet their chewing needs. I do give antlers to my dogs. I take them away once they get to a size small enough to pose a choking hazard. My fear with antlers I guess would be breaking a tooth. Have had that happen with sterilized bones.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:10 PM
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My dog loves to chew on the deer antler and she hasn't reduced it's size. The elk she seems to prefer, but she does wear them down.

So, the elk is probably safer for teeth, the deer is probably safer for choking hazard.

It's like a 2 year old with a lollipop, they shouldn't be left alone with one. With pig ears and greenies, just normal usage can be a problem.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:17 PM
Location: Texas
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Your dog is no longer teething.
Now he just likes to destroy things.
It's something to do.
Does your dog have something else to do?
Is his time occupied with enough exercise, training, attention from you?
Does he have a job?
Did you ever teach him the difference between his toy and your stuff?
My dogs know they can chew something IF and only IF I present it to them. Otherwise, they will not touch it. This kind of sucks because they won't pick up a book I dropped or my keys...but they know how to 'go getcher toy,' etc.

I have zero experience training an older dog out of a bad habit because
a. I have always had puppies and I have trained them from day 1 to have good habits
b. I have always had collies and they are ridonkulously good dogs (don't chew, don't mess, don't drool, don't get dirty, etc, etc, etc)

There are many people on this forum (and already some good posts on here) who have good advice on older dogs.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:04 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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If you want to start puppy chewing, you need to start with a small one, like a Pomeranian or a Chiuaua. However start with a POM, they are softer. Only expereinced puppy chewers should try a great dane or mastiff puppy.

oh wiat a minute, did you mean a chewing puppy? . . .
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