How do I stop my dog from chewing and eating material? He eats bed sheets and the stuffing from comforters while I sleep
He doesn't just chew things, he eats them. The stuffing from comforters, eats the sheets, eats the stuffing from the sofa, eats towels, etc. He reacts like a dog with a raw meaty bone when I tryto take the stuffing away from him, but I can take his food and other edible items with no problem. He also likes to eat paper, bobby pins and tin foil! Help, this is going to seriously hurt him.
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Sounds like that eating disorder I think it's pica. See your vet and keep him crated or secluded away from things that could harm him if not attended.
Jasmine answered on 3/3/11. Helpful? / 1
There is some stuff you can get from Petsmart that you can spray on things you don't want him to chew. I would spray it on a few things and lay it down where he can get to it and when he gets it he will learn that it no longer taste good.
Wendy answered on 3/3/11. Helpful? / 0
I would put him in a crate overnight or when you're not home with NOTHING but water and a Kong with some kind of goody inside (peanut butter or a Kong treat). Dog-proof your house by going room-to-room and removing anything he might find tasty (the paper, bobby pins, tin foil, etc.). Provide him with "good" chewing things, like the Kong, a Nylabone, or another safe toy. Then redirect him anytime you find him chewing something "bad" by giving him the "good" chew toys. Make sure to praise him A LOT, especially when he chooses those "good" options on his own.
A lot of the destructive stuff is anxiety or boredom, so make sure he's getting a lot of exercise (a daily walk or run) and attention (a daily wrestle, game of fetch, etc.). It sounds stupid, but Libby loves it when I talk to her, as well.
Destructive behavior can be so frustrating, but it can also be overcome.
Best of luck!
Libby answered on 3/3/11. Helpful? / 1