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Q: chewing on walls

March 31, 2008 | By Stevenson26 | 2 answers | Expired: 2351 days ago

Stevenson26

My English Bulldog has started chewing on the molding/ base board and a corner piece of drywall. He has never done this before. Any ideas? I recently started a new job and have been gone about 2 hours longer each day.

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Theranddav
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Mar 31, 2008

If you haven't already purchased one, get yourself a large kong. They are kind of shaped like a weird toilet plunger end. The large ones are black. This is an indespensable toy! You might even want to get 2 of these. Only let him play with this when you leave. Fill each of them with something different. My dogs prefer peanut butter. They also make a filler for these toys. I believe they have a cookie type treat and they have a type of cheesy spray or peanut butter spray that goes inside the toy. The dogs spend hours trying to get the tasty treats out. You could also try some of the commercial chemical sprays that make a dog want to stay off certain areas. I can't remember any of the names of these right now. I have had some success with a product called bitter spray. It is usually found in the bird area at the petstores. It tastes nasty to most animals and you can spray it on the areas he chews. This spray did not work with my Ranger though. To him it was like candy! So your dog may be one of the few that thinks it is like a salt on corn!! Hope this helps.

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Jill R.
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Mar 31, 2008

That is something that I hear about very often. When dogs get bored, they look around for something to do, especially those with separation anxiety. The wall, your shoes, the furniture, whatever is handy.

Dogs have a natural instinct to chew and will find something inappropriate to chew when appropriate things aren't available.

So, you could try a variety of things, if he chews on it when you are gone. When you leave each day, give him something new to play with. Only give it to him when you leave so it seems like a reward. If it is something with your scent on it, it will be even more calming to him. You can also try leaving on the radio, so he won't feel as lonesome. Also, don't be too excited when you see him when you get home in the evening, that seems to make dogs that have separation anxiety even worse. AND, finally, take him for a long walk or an extensive play session each evening with the hopes that he gets his extra energy worked out of him.

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