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My english bulldog puppy is a chewer. I have bought him toys every month since we got him (April) and he has chewed up everything including 2 pairs of flip flops slippers a leash and last week he was throwing up pieces of a quilt. I haven't encountered this issue before as my 4 yr old boxer has never chewed anything except his own toys (which he now does not have any cause the puppy chewed them all up). So i was wondering if anyone has any toy reccommendations for dogs that like to chew? and is there a good place to buy dog toys online or is it better to go to petsmart/petco. (oh and I have bought lots of military grade non chewable toys the last about 3 days max around here. It seems to take him a lot longer to chew up a piece of rope about a month or longer.)


any advice or suggestions will be apprciated.My english bulldog puppy photo 3426677-1My english bulldog puppy photo 3426677-2

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:00 am
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Our chewers always liked their Kong toys but if you were buying military grade stuff, I doubt those will stand a chance!

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:19 am
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Good question and I would like to know too! I have two pits,four months tomorrow and THEY CHEW EVERYTHING!!! I just had to buy them steel dog bowls because after they got done eating they chewed on it until they finally chewed it in half! They chew on the leash when they are being walked. Don't EVER LEAVE A SHOE OUT BECAUSE THEY WILL CHEW IT! Just recently while they were in the backyard, why did they chew THE LINE TO THE PHONE? Luckily we no longer have a house phone but jeez! Lol. I love my babies!

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:23 am
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We got the black Kong and its the only toy to last with out terrier, I recommend them but if he has done military grade toys I would also try maybe a deer or elk antler. Our dog prefers the antlers over rawhide now.

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:24 am
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Buying stronger chew toys is only way to distract him from other items...he can't differentiate between chewing a shoe or his toy, so you need to correct habit itself. English bulldogs have very strong jaws and are a very stubborn breed so you need to correct this behavior NOW....even if he is still teething, he still needs to know what he can chew and what he can't, not only for your sainity, but his safety…he could potentially chew something dangerous. I would start by doing some online research on correcting chewing problems, particularly chewing problems within the breed itself to see if there is a better way to address this particular issue...certain training methods don't work with all breeds.


 


Good luck with him, he is suuuch a cutie, and awww your poor boxer! he looks like hes making the same face I used to make when my little sister would make pen hair on my bald cabbage patch dolls or put make up on my flocked my little ponies or.....well I could go on lol she used to ruin all my toys and I always took such good care of them! Always made me sooo upset.

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 5:50 am
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Kong toys and Nylabones are about the best. Also, there is spray called Bitter Apple that you can put on stuff you want him to stay away from, that helps if the dog doesn't like it...some dogs don't mind the taste, ew. Puppies chew to alleviate boredom and because their teeth hurt, actually physically massaging their gums can help a lot. Use a warm washcloth over your fingers if you don't want to use just your hand. Little gentle circles on their gums...that came from my vet :)


Also, you will just have to watch him carefully, when you see him chewing on something tell him "No" firmly but don't yell, then replace the object with something it is okay for him to chew. Do you crate train? Having him in an area where he can't chew on anything except his toys is the best when you are not able to watch him yourself. Good luck!!!

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:21 am
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Also could be that he is a bit stressed


 


When does he chew most is it all the time or after you have left him?


My dog is a rescue and she was abused and she is a chewer IF she is anxious. I may try puppy prozac, but she is getting better.


but honestly the best thing I can do for her is get her out side and wear her out. This is another thing that can cause chewing not enough activity. Dogs get bored like kids and a 4 month old dog is like a 4 year old  dog no matter the gender is like a toddler boy. Always going!!!


Let me know if this helps at all!

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:36 am
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Your babies are so cute!  Chewing is usually a sign of stress or excess energy/boredom.  If they're chewing while you're gone, it may be separation anxiety.  Kongs are very good toys for dogs that are chewers; my grandparents' dog destroys stuff like nobody's business, and she's chemically dependent (which means that Bitter Apple doesn't affect her at all), but she does well with Kongs and toys that are made of the same material.  As she is a dachshund mix, they got her a kids' plastic bounceball (the kind you usually get in the kids' toy section) that is about the size of a soccer ball.  It's too big for her to get it in her mouth, but it's small enough for her to play "soccer" around the house.  Those may be some good options for your babies.


And if you're looking for an online place to shop, check out http://www.doctorsfosterandsmith.com  They have tons of pet stuff--medications, treats, and toys.

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:50 am
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My 3 year old lab was a heavy-duty chewer as a puppy and the only toy that survived (even to this day) is a black Kong. It's the most durable for extreme chewers :)

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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thanks to all that replied. He is crate trained  and gets 2 walks a day. I think he is just getting his big teeth. I will keep buying toys that take him longer to chew up like ropes and real tennis balls and kongs and hopefully this will pass. He is in puppy training too I am using a squirt bottle with water to deter him and its startng to work.Also my puppy trainer recommended taking his kong and put treats in there and freeze it  or any kind of teething toy.


I thought dogs would be easier than kids but now its a 50/50 split. As always I thank you ladies for your help/advice.


@mrs cale young here's an article that might be helpful to you.


http://www.hilltopanimalhospital.com/puppy%20chewing.htm

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

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