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Q: How can I keep my Chihuahua from eating things he shouldn't?

April 28, 2009 | By Becca B. | 5 answers | Expired: 1955 days ago

How can I keep my Chihuahua from eating things he shouldn't?

Joey thinks and acts like he has a stomach of steel. He's dug through the trash and gotten tissues and q tips and plastic bits. He goes outside and picks up rocks, but I am able to get those away from him. Everything that looks edible to him he sticks in his mouth or eats completely. I've gotten him to stop getting in the trash for the most part, he just waits until I'm in the shower then he goes through and runs off with it. I know he's still a pup ( almost 5 months) and that he's teething but I'm starting to think it might be more than that. He has ample chew toys and I give them all treats that require lots of gnawing just to keep the others from doing things they shouldn't, it works with them. What more can I do to keep him from chewing and eating things he shouldn't?

The only thing that lays around are the toys and treats they get. I give them free reign of the living room and kitchen when I'm home and when I'm not they are kenneled. I think my cat is instigating the trash thing now...I caught her knocking it over earlier while Joey waited for it lol. The only time they're allowed outside, or in any other room is when I'm with them and they all know the commands IN/OUT ( we have a problem with people stealing dogs lately).
Thanks for the advice, the only thing I wont try is kenneling when I'm home, they spend 8 hours in there a night. The only can they can get in is the bathroom one. I'll see about either getting a lid for it or finding somewhere to put it when i can't shut the door.

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Azzurrapl
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May 05, 2009

Teach your dog(s) the Leave It command. I took my dog to classes at 2 months old - so you can see if there is a class by you. Make sure the trainer is APDT or CPDT trained. Taking a class is so much fun and you will meet other pet parents that are having the same problems you are having. Now, if my dog starts to go for something - I say "leave it" and he does.... if he gets something into his mouth - I say "drop it" and he does.....
You can ask your Vet or their office staff if they know of any trainers or you can go to the APDT site and do a search in your zip code. Good Luck!

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Dawn W.
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Apr 29, 2009

So many people think that kennels are a bad thing. Really, dogs can feel very safe and secure in a kennel. If he's getting into trouble unsupervised, then he needs to be supervised or be confined. He'll eventually outgrow his chewing phase (hopefully)and need less supervision, but until then you have to keep him safe. If you don't like the kennel, use a puppy playpen. The idea of rotating toys is good idea. When he's in the kennel or the playpen give him 1 toy, 2 at the most. This will keep him occupied and not make him feel like he's being punished. Use toys that he can't destroy or pull apart when you're not around. Personally, I like KONGS, I put peanut butter or KONG stuffing inside and freeze it. Then I give it to the dog to keep him busy while I'm away. There are also treat balls; you can use small treats or even kibble. Put some in the ball and let him go to town. Good Luck, I hope I've helped you some.

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EBalka
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Apr 28, 2009

This dog needs lots of excercise!! If there are too many toys laying around then they become less interesting. Try splitting the toys into groups that you rotate throughout the week to keep it interesting. Secure the trash, and other things, I had to install cupboard locks, and get a steel trash can to keep my pets out. My dog has eaten light bulbs, crayons, and other more deadly things, but I have it "dog proofed" now so that doesn't happen anymore. As far as sticks are concerned, they're ok and they help keep his teeth clean (as long as the plant is not poisonious!). Seek the help of a trainer to get the impulse control problem under control, and just because he's small doesn't mean you have to treat him differently than any other dog, just do dogs things on a small scale. That will help with his confidence so he has less anxiety when you are gone. Good luck!

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M Evelyn F.
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Apr 28, 2009

At 5 months, your best bet is to keep everything up and away from him---especially the trash!
If he's chewing rocks, not just swallowing them, try giving him an ice cube from time to time. They are a whole lot better for him and pass through without any trouble (or vet bills).

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Emily B.
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Apr 28, 2009

you need to change how you look at the pup's space. when they are young, they need constant supervision, and if you aren't around, they need to be kenneled.
also, every time you take something away from him, you need to reinforce it with a stern "no", the same thing you would do if he bit, chased a cat, or chewed your furniture.

he is young, but it is never too early to start. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep a constant eye on him. many trainers will tell you that keeping him leashed when he's young wherever you go will help. even around the house. we did this with our first puppy; we got her when she was barely able to be weaned, and she had lots of accidents, this helped greatly.

another thing you should always do when you take something away from him is give him one of his toys so that he knows they are for him, then make sure to praise him when he chews his toys. eventualy you'll stop having to take things away from him.

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