Our dog is eating everything that is stuffed. Pillows, mattresses, couch cushions you name it. How do I stop him?

Asked by Member 993605 on Jun 22nd 2010 in Behavior & Training
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Other dogs may not be as bad as the young Labs I am plagued with. Still your house and dog will be much safer with the dog in a crate when you are away. The dog may be happier in its den than loose in the house. It relaxes, it feels safe in its den. It rests, the body slows down reducing the need for water and relieving its self. Dogs that have been crated all along do very well. Many of them will rest in their crates even when the door is open. I think the plastic ones give the dog more of a safe, enclosed den feeling. They are harder for dogs to open too. Metal ones can be put in a corner or covered with something the dog can't pull in and chew. Select a crate just big enough for the full grown dog to stretch out in.

Leave it some toys. Perhaps a Kong filled with peanut butter. Don't leave anything in the crate the dog might chew up. It will do fine without even any bedding. You will come home to a safe dog and a house you can enjoy.

A dog that has not been crated since it was little, make take some work. Start out just putting its toys and treats in the crate. Praise it for going in. If you have been able to trust it with any bedding, put that in the crate. Feed it in the crate. This is also an easy way to maintain order at feeding time for more than one dog.

Aster answered on 6/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I couldn't handle that , I would have to use the crate.
I had a chewer but since she is adjusted and gained needed weight she is better.
This sounds like a boredom thing or high anxiety.
I would get a solid routine for this dog and incorporate exercise regiments.
maybe you could go on our behavioral forum and start up conversations on how to do that.

Dieta answered on 6/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Have you checked out This is the Dog Whisperer's website. He offers great tips and videos on how to deal with different behavioral issues. Once you learn the signs to look for, you can stop the behavior before it starts. A great resource when raising a dog! The easiest thing to do is make sure he is getting plenty of exercise. Even if he is getting some, it sounds like he has extra energy built up so he is targeting it towards destruction. Once you drain the energy, he will be too exhausted to eat everything. Also a good idea to have some raw hides and/or a Kong on hand for when he feels like chewing after exercise. Good luck!!!

Wyatt answered on 6/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


1. No fabric or stuffed dog toys. Substitute real beef femur bones from the grocery store.

2. More exercise. 1 to 2 hours a day structured and supervised.

3. Crate when your not able to watch him. (link to crate training)

4. Supervised so he can be corrected if he goes for stuffed items AND REDIRECTED to proper chews.
He may be seeking attention by missbehaving, so be very neutral when removing him from soft stuff - don't react at all. Don't sppeek or give eye contact, just stand between him and target til he goes away. Wait 5 seconds then direct him to bones.

5. PRAISE, reward, praise, reward often when he is chewing things he is allowed to! This is important! If he gets praise and reward for chewing his bone and pushed away from pillows without attention - he will start to choose what benefits him.

Pepper answered on 6/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer