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Posted by: Lu | 2007/07/23

Dog destroying everything in sight.

Good day.

We have a 10month old male lab. We love him dearly and he gets alot of love and attention from both the kids and hubby. We also have a 2 year old female, not bigger than a pug.
The two a great mates.
But, the lab is destroying everything in sight. He chews and demolishes everything. He even takes out the creepy from the pool!
What can be the reason and how can we deal with this as if this is to carry on we will have to get him another house and that will break my sons heart.

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Our expert says:
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You may need to get a BAskerville muzzle for him to wear. He will be able to drink with it on and not chew things but it will need to be taken off for him to eat. In the interim you can take him for schooling. Try clicker training him.

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Posted by: Chill | 2007/07/23

Welcome to dogworld.

All pups chew, all pups destroy stuff - it's your job a) to keep him amused and provide him with toys, and b) to train him what's allowed and what's not allowed.

I keep saying this: raising a pup is HARD WORK. There are times during the process when you are convinced you'll never be able to relax again - you have to watch, teach, train, correct all the time. But hang in there: it gets better!

Just to start you off, give him lots of the following to play with: empty plastic milk or coke bottles, old t-shirts with huge knots tied in them, chew hooves, kongs with interesting stuff in them that takes time and concentration to get out, etc. Every time he plays with something that isn't allowed - tell him no, and offer him one of his legit toys, and play with him a bit.

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Posted by: Carol | 2007/07/23

Your boy is bored ....and labs are known to be chewers .... play with him ... go for loooooooooooong walks .. and as CV says dog school.

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