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Chewing Wires

Recently my little Shiloh, who is 1 1/2 chewed through a live wire on a lamp in my living room. He squealed loudly and proceeded to shake for about an hour. Now, I can only hope he learned his lesson, but I don't want to find that out the hard way. We knew he had a taste for wires, so we hide as many as possible behind furniture. We even had a plastic cover on the one he bit through, because it couldn't be blocked from him.

We provide Shiloh with every possible chew toy. Most he can chew through in minutes or hopefully hours. No stuffed animal can withstand him. Rope toys last a little while but eventually end up in shreds on my floor. Raw hides cause loose stools. Bully sticks last a little while so we tend to buy those.

What can I do to prevent Shiloh from chewing through wires? I am not concerned at all about the repair of the wires. (Hubby is an electrical engineer), I am completely concerned and scared that next time he won't be so lucky. (how many lives do dogs have?) Should I try PVC piping, should I spray with bitter apple?

Has anyone else had this problem and found a successful solution?

Thanks for any help.
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Have you tried practicing "leave it"? I hope you find a solution. I would be worried to death about electrocution.

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I used the bitter spray and the leave it command. Training him to leave the wires alone is better than having to protect them all because he could end up at a babysitters or you in a motel and them do it again. Definately use a spray to help teach him not to chew wires!
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What timing! I was just at the pet store today looking for an alternative to electrical cords for Cody. He only does it when I'm not around so I've never caught him at it. Since he seems to like rubber things - electrical cords, the rubber end to door stops, my Yak Traks for walking on the ice - I bought a soft rubber twist that I hope he'll start chewing on instead. I doubt it. Apple bitters is a good idea - I'll give that a try also.

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This thread had some good ideas, I especially liked post 18.

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Panda was doing the same thing - I used Bitter Apple - it took a couple of applications and several "leave its", but she hasn't bothered any cords for a month of more...

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I actually had this problem once. I put all of the cords in PVC. I know that doesn't teach them not to chew, but a couple of things happen. As they get more used to chewing appropriate items, they will be less interested in other things; and as they get older (may take a couple of years) they get less interested in chewing in general. So between the progression of the two, they will eventually leave the wires alone.
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I agree with the general consensus - bitter apple and leave it command. I have also heard to use hot sauce on the wires if the bitter apple is not effective. Good luck!

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Abby chewed the cords on both of our LR lamps while I was in bed for over a month after foot surgery. We think it was boredom. We used bitter apple on the (replaced)cords but we didn't replace them until I was back on my feet again! She's never bothered cords again and miraculously, she didn't get hurt at all. One of them she unplugged before chewing!

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Bitter Apple doesn't work for Tucker, but hot sauce sure does and a little dab will do ya.
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