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Is it possible my 9 year old black lab is going crazy?

He is a known sock eater so we have been cautious about leaving clothes lying around however 6 months ago he ate a whole thing of yarn (that we had surgically removed from his stomach) and now he is eating Christmas lights (wire and lights) as well as ornaments off the tree. He has never done this in the past years that we have had him. He has enough toys to chew on. I cannot figure out if he’s depressed or mentally crazy. Someone please help!


Asked by Member 1079339 on Dec 23rd 2011 Tagged chewing in Senior Pet
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Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12)

Has there been any changes in the household? New pet, new baby, new house, rearrange the furniture, left alone more, are you busier?
Sometimes pets will act out if there are any changes. If you post on the behavior forum on this site, we can answer back forth there which we can't do here. Good Luck!


Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12) answered on 12/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


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Sounds to me like he might be underexercised and bored. Dogs, particularly labs and sporting dogs, need constant mental and physical stimulation. That means exercise, playing with you, not just his toys, and things to see and do.
Without this they become extremely bored and find things for themselves to do, like chew clothing and furniture and yes, Christmas tree lights.
Take him for some nice walks, play some fetch with him and maybe leave him with some interactive toys like stuffed kongs and the like.


Member 641257 answered on 12/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Is he getting the same amount of exercise that he used to? That's the kind of thing dogs usually do when they're bored.
A recent major change could cause him to do it of of anxiety, too.


Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 12/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer