|Barked: Sun Jul 24, '11 10:12pm PST |
|Well, some dogs are never safe to leave alone, and must be crated when unsupervised their whole lives. Some people choose to crate even non-destructive dogs, simply for safety and peace of mind. It's really not harmful, I know that at least my dog sleeps all day anyway, and he's not crated.
Labs are also notorious for being slow to mature mentally and emotionally- you might have to wait another year before he's really "grown up" enough to leave unsupervised in the house.
I don't think there is any product effective enough for you- he would always find something else to chew on, and besides, dogs tend to get used to and even start to like the taste of various "no chew" sprays.
Speaking of chews, does your dog have enough chew toys he's allowed and encouraged to chew on, instead of the furniture? Chewing is basic, primal need of dogs, and it needs a safe outlet.
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