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Chewing...on electric cords?

I am wondering if anyone knows a way to get Pancakes to stop chewing on electrical cords....computer cords...ipod cords...phone charger cords...Television...Video game connectors and controller cords...She just keeps chewing on them...and thinks nothing if I say no...
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That's the only thing I had trouble with Roxie chewing (Oh, and the corner of a toy chest... and my kids homework... and backpack... and a shoe or two... ) And it cost me $100.00 to replace my laptop cord. But she no longer chews them or anything else she's not supposed to. I made sure she had lots and lots and lots of toys to teeth on and play with and watched her like a hawk till she learned not to bother them, giving her a stern "leave it" and a remvoing her from temptation by putting her in her crate for a moment or two. "Leave it" is one of the best things you can teach your puppy. I would try and explain how to teach it, but probably would mess it up... you can probably find it online. Apple Bitter spray is good to spray on stuff so puppies won't chew on it (but I don't know about electrical cords). I tried the apple bitter spray on stuff she was chewing but Roxie really seemed to LIKE the stuff instead of being repelled by it. I also tried to make sure my cords were as hidden as possible so she wasn't faced with resisting them too much while learning and that seemed to help too.

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When we had Ricky at 9 weeks, he was in the kitchen/dining area that was gated from the rest of the house. It was totally puppy proof and he never was allowed out w/o constant supervision. He never even got a chance to get anywhere near wires for months! lol

It isn't a bad idea to keep such a young puppy penned, gated or confiscated to only one room or area in the house. In fact, you will be less stressed, it will be safer for her and the potty training is easier this way.

Other than that, I'd say a stern 'no' and/or 'leave it' and take her away from cords of any kind and distract her with a toy/chew.

Oh. And we had those gates up until he was almost a year old! It just made our lives easier and he didn't mind at all. We were always with him when we took him out of the kitchen. The way our house is laid out, it's an open space so no one missed out on anything.




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Saydee had a brief love affair with electrical cords. We did exactly the same thing Ann mentioned above. "Leave it" is a good phrase, but we also sometimes just said "NO!" in a stern voice. Either way she new it wasn't gonna fly with us. The bitter apple worked really too. She took one taste and never went back. (Bitter apple is also handy for a whole plethora of other issues from leash chewing to carpet fringe chewing). I think the biggest thing is to keep Pancakes in your site at all times, because catching her in the act is the most effective and quickest way to stop the problem. Hang in there, it won't take long if you're consistent. It only took a few reminders for Saydee to get the hint. Now she will nap next to my laptop cord without even thinking about chewing it.

Oh, and always stick a better alternative in her mouth, so she knows there are things she CAN chew on!

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When I first got Henry, my trainer trained me to really FREAK OUT on Henry if he did something dangerous/beyond acceptable.

He said the main thing is to get the puppy to think/feel "oh god I don't want to see what she'll do next".

Meaning: change your voice, really snap, be his Mommy just like she would have to make sure the pup will stay safe. (PS: dogs have no idea what that noise is coming out of your mouth --> "no"
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Todd has chewed through THREE video game contoller cords (and a couple of shoes) so far.
Of course, if my kids would learn to put things away and close doors when they leave rooms it never would have happened but we live and we learn I guess..lol
Bitter apple, a stern NO!!, teaching the "Leave it" command and keeping cords out of reach work well for us most of the time but as I KEEP telling my DH....he's a puppy, there will be casualties while teething.
If you have cords that can't be placed out of reach a good (although not so pretty) idea is to buy some heavy rubber hosing (for fishtanks or garden hose) and cut it down one side lengthwise so that you can run the cord inside of it. It works pretty well for my daughters pet rats and I'm sure that it would stand up to puppy teeth too.

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Quincy chewed my vacuum cleaner cord,my shampooer cord etc. It was amazing he wasn't shocked. He got a serious scolding...and quickly learned he better not even touch it. The same thing happened with paper chewing and getting into the garbage. Quincy was 4 months when I got him,and this went on for a couple of weeks. Thank goodness he doesn't bother any of it anymore-----unless the garbage is outside and then he thinks--yeah-she won't know it was me. He did that twice in one week.

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Great advise on the Apple Bitter and "leave it" command.

I'm sure some of you remember my "leave it" training with Monte and the bark mulch, my stinker Riley was watching, ran off, grabed a mouth full of bark mulch then ran back to me and dropped it at my feet looking for his reward. These guys are too smart some times.

Good luck with the cords, that could be dangerouse and would scare me.

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Izzy chewed my laptop cord when she was a pup too. I gave her a stern no and kept an eagle eye out whenever she was near it. Luckily she jsut seemed to outgrow it. On another note, the cord kept working up until today when the computer just died. I guess I'll have to go buy a new cord not really thrilled with having to spend $100 on a cord but oh well.

I forgot to say I did put bitter apple on the cord.

Marianne

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I'm sure some of you remember my "leave it" training with Monte and the bark mulch, my stinker Riley was watching, ran off, grabed a mouth full of bark mulch then ran back to me and dropped it at my feet looking for his reward. These guys are too smart some times.
That is soooo funny! It must be such fun having two.

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