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chewing on woodwork

I have a problem both Dobie and Sophie have both started to chewup my baseboard in my house I've tried at least two kinds of spray and that dont work .They do this when we leave to go to work so its hard to catch them in the act .PLEASE HELP ANYONE.Sophie she 2 yrs and Dobie 1 and half yrs old.: Mikey Martin
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Yes, they always pick the new expensive door too. Bitter apple worked for us a bit you have to be vigilent and spray every day. It does get better with age. Jasper doesn't do it anymore--- but now Cash is chewing the woodwork Jasper missed in his puppyhood. We're gonna wait til he's a year and then do some sanding and painting. I know people here will say xpen them when you can't watch them== but we leave them in the kitchen and sun room and they are much less frustrated then in the pen. good luck




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I converted my dining room to the 'pup room'. We have 2 ex-pens attached and they have a nice view outside. i havent noticed any issues with them being in there. they seem happy & well adjusted. They sleep in there also. I only plan on keeping them in there until Tripp is reliable. He is still in his chewing phase & even though he uses a litter box, he would use the carpet
if he was in a large area.

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I used bitter apple for a few things that Houston was biting - even his pee pad and it worked well. I couldn't understand why or how it was happening but I found out that my husband was letting him out of the xpen and leaving the room. UGH. He was a puppy though. I noticed your guys are 1 and 2 years old.

Do you use the xpen? It really gives them enough room when you are away and keeps them safe (if someone doesn't leave them out without you knowing LOL)

Do you give them something to chew on? Kong or bully sticks are a great idea. I think there are threads out on the forum about them. They work really well.

Also, maybe they are just in need of exercise or more of it. When I don't take Houston for a walk. He turns into a mad man. I can see the difference. I walk/jog with him in the morning and it tires him out while we are away. Then I walk with him later in the evening too. A well exercised dog is a happy dog!!!!!!

Can you have someone check in on them? That also helps because Havs want to be with someone. Maybe they need someone to stop by for just an hour for a walk to break up there day.

Good luck. I know it can be frustrating but hang in there. My old dog was an alpha Cairn Terrier. I really wished I had the xpen with her. It would have saved me a lot of problems.

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I don't really know what I would do if this happened at our house.......we have solid oak beautiful old woodwork. I understand the frustration.Yikes!

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Bitter Apple worked for me with Kodi. Shelby never chewed the woodwork, but she loves shoes, especially my Mom's. I have to get another bottle of the BA for the shoes.


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does bitter apple deter from like plants/bushes etc.?If you think it would,could you tell me where you buy it?I have trouble with Quincy pooping in my hostas!

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I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure bitter apple is mostly for chewing (dogs don't like the taste of it)... the smell based part of it, as far as I know, tends to not deter dogs as much as the taste, though the company DOES promote it for smell, so you can use if it you like.

However, to answer your original question, bitter apple is safe to use on plants... it's water and alcohol based so it shouldn't hurt the plant, though I wouldn't suggest dousing the plant with a lot of it on a daily basis.

ETA: Corrected myself.

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Thanks for the info.....I have tried a spray like "keep off" but it works for just a little bit...an hour or 2........Quincy just loves to poop on the mulch around my hostas,and it breaks them off.

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You can buy bitter apple at any pet store - Petco Petsmart ..On line . I agree that they need something to chew .
Every dog is different even Havanese .. Cosmo likes the bully sticks Ahnold likes the flossies as his teeth are not as tough ..
I used the kongs when Cosmo was a little guy but now that he is older but Cosmo can clear one in no time and it was too many calories.
Try walking your dogs it sounds like they are bored ..
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