Chewing

by Greg
(Alberta)

I have a Pyrenees cross (50% GP + 25% Red Heeler + 25% German Shepherd) that is 10 months old and chews, and chews, and chews. Problem is he chews electrical cords and other wires that are plugged in. Decimates them. This is an operating farm with horses and cattle and electrical cords and fencing is part of it - especially during winter. He also chews hoses, trees and branches, plastic and various lawn furniture and ornaments. When he finds something he destroys it and even if it is fixed or replaced he is quickly back at the same spot or item. Is this something he will grow out of or is it a fault with this particular individual dog? I do not have the time to "babysit" or spend a lot of hours training the dog, so I need to know whether to expect less chewing down the road or should I look to re-home the dog with someone who can give the time and attention he needs. He is a good dog and very smart but maybe not the fit for our operation. (I am also thinking the Red Heeler in the mix is not helping the situation)

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Feb 23, 2017
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Chewing
by: Donna

That's quite a mix so his wiring is very crossed. I don't know the other two breeds well but you never know what you get with mixes. Pyrs shouldn't be messed with.

He sounds obsessed. He is also a puppy so any puppy will chew.

He needs playtime and exercise. Otherwise, he is bored out of his mind. Hence, the chewing. Take him for walks where he can run and play. Have other dogs come over to play with him.

He should be crated when you are not there to supervise him (don't leave him in any longer than a few hours at a time). It's for his safety and yours. He also needs toys with which to play.

As a pup, he does need some training. You can't just expect him to know the rules.

Bring in a positive-reinforcement trainer to show you how to manage him.

Feb 24, 2017
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not a Pyr
by: Anonymous

Rehome the dog. You have said there is no time in the day for training, so I assume that proper socialization is not on the list, either.

As was said, his 'wiring' is too mixed up to trust that he will ever be a true Pyr or that he will ever be completely trustworthy as a working farm dog.

His chewing clearly shows that he is frustrated and his situation is not what he, or the farm, needs. As he matures, the chewing may change into something even more destructive than lawn ornaments.

Please do make sure he is neutered if you rehome him privately.

And, sincerely, much respect for reaching out for help/advice for this dog. Good luck.

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