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  1. My dog likes to bite my shoes and slippers. How do I stop him?
  2. Why does my dog bite his own master?
  3. How long will a puppy need to chew toys? I am not used to a puppy chewing all the time.
  4. I have to tie my dog up at night because he chews everything, including my dad's favorite plants. How can I get him to stop? What should I do?
  5. My dog is one year old, and is chewing the coffee table (wood). Is he missing something in his diet? Also he has had an exsessive amount of flatulence. Is that from human food or something else?
  6. My eight month old puppy won't stop chewing and ripping things. She eats shoes, toys, bags, and boxes, etc. We tried punishing her and everything. She doesn't learn from her mom or dad (who also live with her) what to play with and what to not. How can I stop this bad behavior?
  7. My one year old Chihuahua won't stop chewing the toilet paper. What should I do?



  1. My dog likes to bite my shoes and slippers. How do I stop him?
    Do these things: 1. Have several items available for you to trade with your dog. When you see him with a slipper, don't say anything; just give him a toy or bone (put it right in his mouth), take the slipper, and say 'thank you!'. You are trading the good for the bad. Don't punish your dog. He is doing what comes naturally. He won't even realize that you're taking away what he wanted because he has something else that's terrific too. 2. Put all your shoes and slippers (and other tempting items) in a closed closet or a drawer. Most things dogs do that are wrong are caused by owners who leave opportunities for them to get into trouble. Puppy-proof your house like you might for a toddler who wants to get into things. For more help with dogs who chew, visit Stop the Chewing
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  2. Why does my dog bite his own master?
    If your dog is biting while he is playing with you, he needs to be told this is not good behavior. Sometimes dogs get carried away with excitement and they bite because they like to use their mouths. They think it is fun. When your dog starts to use his mouth too much, move him off of you and say, "No". Then walk away and ignore him. If he follows you and tries to bite your leg, take him to his time out place (a crate, a pen, a room) and leave him there for a few minutes. When you think he is calm, let him out, put a leash on him, and take him for a walk. Later you can play with him again. If your dog is biting because he is mean and angry, you need to get help from an adult. Dogs should not be mean to their owners. The adult in the house needs to be the boss and the dog needs to behave. Get help and get the dog trained by an adult.
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  3. How long will a puppy need to chew toys? I am not used to a puppy chewing all the time.
    Puppies may chew at various times during their teething periods. Even at 10 months of age, the teeth and lower jaw are still falling into place. Large dogs, especially, may need to chew things until they are 12 months to 14 or 15 months old. Dogs should not be unsupervised until these chewing periods are over (for the safety of your furniture). Some dogs will chew from boredom or anxiety. You will know this is the case because the dog will be most likely not be a teething puppy anymore. Be sure to give your dog lots of things to chew on and things to do as well. Check out this page: Behavior Problems at http://www.loveyourdog.com/behavior.html. This page has specific help for dogs who chew: Stop the Chewing
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  4. I have to tie my dog up at night because he chews everything, including my dad's favorite plants. How can I get him to stop? What should I do?
    Dogs that are destructive are usually bored, lonely, or in need of exercise. Let's start with bored. Give your dog some chew toys, bones, or toys. Since he is already bored with the bones, take them away and give him other bones. Don't give him everything at once. Hold things back and trade them out every few days so he has new things.

    To address the loneliness, you might try bringing him in the house, but not loose. Get a crate and a soft bed where he can chill out at night. If he hears you in the room, he may not feel abandoned. That's the best solution. However, if you can't keep him in the house, playing a radio outside where he sleeps might help.

    As for exercise, it sounds like your dog still has energy to spare at bedtime. If not, he would fall fast asleep. You need to play with him a lot after school. Take him for long walks. Play until he will be happy to lie down and get some rest. If you look at all three of these things - boredom, loneliness, and exercise - your problem may be solved.

    Last but not least, your parents may have to fence in a special area of your yard so that your dog is confined when he has to be in the yard. Hope this helps

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  5. My dog is one year old, and is chewing the coffee table (wood). Is he missing something in his diet? Also he has had an exsessive amount of flatulence. Is that from human food or something else?
    A good thing to do first, is to make sure your dog is healthy by visiting your vet. If dogs have an excessive amount of gas, very often it can be remedied by changing the brand of food he eats. Choose a good quality name-brand and see what happens. People food can also give dogs digestive problems.

    Many dogs teethe well beyond a year of age - all my dogs teethe up until they are 18 months or older. The solution is to not leave your dog unsupervised until the chewing is gone. My dogs never stay alone in the house until after the age of two or older.

    If you are in the room when you see him try to chew, say "No", and give him a chew toy that he can have. Then praise him. You might have to move him to another spot in the room, but be sure to give him an acceptable toy to chew on.

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  6. My eight month old puppy won't stop chewing and ripping things. She eats shoes, toys, bags, and boxes, etc. We tried punishing her and everything. She doesn't learn from her mom or dad (who also live with her) what to play with and what to not. How can I stop this bad behavior?
    Eight months old is still quite young to be leaving things around for her to chew on. Dogs do learn from the other dogs in the household, but not so much while they are young. You have to be the one to teach her. If you start helping her now, she will learn fast and you will have a great pet.

    Do these things:
    1. Have several items available for you to trade with your dog. When you see her with a slipper or a shoe, don't say anything; just give her a toy or bone (put it right in her mouth), take the slipper, and say 'thank you!'. You are trading the good for the bad. Don't punish your dog. She is doing what comes naturally. She won't even realize that you're taking away what she wanted because she has something else that's terrific, too.

    2. Put all your shoes and slippers (and other tempting items) in a closed closet or a drawer. Most things dogs do that are wrong are caused by owners who leave opportunities for them to get into trouble. Puppy-proof your house like you might for a baby who wants to get into things. For more help with dogs who chew, visit Stop the Chewing

    Now, here are some reasons your dog may be doing these things. Dogs that are destructive are usually bored, lonely, or in need of exercise. It doesn't sound like your dog is lonely, since she has other dogs to play with. But she may be bored. Give your dog some chew toys, bones, or toys. Don't give her everything at once. Hold things back and trade them out every few days so she has new things.

    As for exercise, it sounds like your dog has lots of energy to spare. If not, she would fall fast asleep. You need to play with her before school and a lot after school. Take her for long walks. Play until she is happy to lie down and get some rest. If you look at all three of these things - boredom, loneliness, and exercise - your problem may be solved.

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  7. My one year old Chihuahua won't stop chewing the toilet paper. What should I do?
    Actually, my dog loves toilet paper, too! Instead of leaving it on the roll, take it off and put it up on your sink for as long as it takes to break the habit. It may seem like you're not teaching your dog, but when he gets a little older and finishes teething, he won't be so interested in it.

    There is another method you can use if you don't want to remove the roll of paper. Every time you catch your dog with it, say No, take the paper, and immediately give him an acceptable chew toy or bone. Then praise your dog. Also, don't leave your pup unsupervised in the house.

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