Chewing on Wood

by Patricia Taylor
(Smyrna, Tennessee)

My 1 1/2 year old female Great Pyrenees keeps chewing on our wooden deck and bridge. I keep spraying it with bitter apple mixture but it isn't helping much. Any suggestions?

It was suggested she might have separation anxiety> Thoughts?

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Jan 05, 2017
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by: Donna

It's hard to say without seeing the situation.

Is she getting plenty of exercise and play?

What is her diet? It could be she is missing something in her diet. I a species appropriate diet (butcher shop, sales at grocery store). They get 50% bone, 35% muscle meat and 15% organ meat or vary it depending on the poop. Here is a guide: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/a-handy-guide-for-starting-your-dog-on-raw-food/

Is she only chewing when you are away? Does she chew when you are there, as well?

Does she have toys to chew?

Is she panting heavily? pacing?

You may want to get in a positive-reinforcement trainer to tell you if she thinks it's separation anxiety.

Jan 06, 2017
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by: Patricia Taylor

She only chews on the wooden deck and/or the wooden deck when we are away. We have a large fenced in backyard with PLENTY on room to run. We have another dog as well - an Old English Sheepdog so she does have a play mate.

The food she eats is of the best you can give. No junk in it at all.

Plenty of chew bones/antlers for them to chew on.

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by: Donna

You might consider crate training her. A crate large enough for her to lie down fully, turn around and stand up with space to spare.

Here's a link to a crate-training handout:

http://info.drsophiayin.com/crate-training-handout

Fill a kong full of her dinner and freeze it. Tie it into the back of the crate for her to chew on that when you leave.

The training takes time, more for some dogs. You need to make it fun and enjoyable for her.

It will save your deck, her teeth and potential damage to her internal organs. She'll learn to like the crate as her safe place.

I hope this helps.

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