Our expert says:
It's not the number of toys, but how attractive they are that counts. If she gets attention for chewing illegal things then she will chew them instead of her legal ones. Reprimands and punishments may be seen by her as attention. Four toys at a time is enough, but try getting some others and rotating them each day - e.g. rawhide bones, ostrich sinews etc. Smart toys like treatballs are also good. Your pup is at a difficult stage and needs to be given boundaries. If you see her chewing something other than her toy, take it away gently saying something like "No" in a gruff voice and then immediately replacing it with one of her toys, praising her for taking that instead. She may be coming into season soon, so unless you get her spayed soon she will have to be confined for 3 weeks, which may result in other behaviour problems. She needs a daily walk off your property on a lead and some socialising off lead with other dogs to give her something to think about. Training is important too and you can do this at home or in a group training session.
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