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how to stop a shelter/resuce 3yr old chooclate lab/pit mix from chewing when I'm not home

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Kelley Lumbardo, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Kelley Lumbardo

    Kelley Lumbardo Registered Users

    Mar 8, 2019
    Here is Tux's back story from what I've been told: He is a 3yr old chocolate lab/pit mix.Initially loved by a couple who at one time trained and loved him, as he can understand basic commands. The couple divorced and he was placed in a shelter, for how long I don't know. He was then placed in a rescue from the shelter, again for I don't know how long. At the rescue, story is that he tunneled under his dog run to be with the dog in the next run. A young lady volunteering at the rescue with the horses offered to take him. It didn't work out with Tux and her two heelers so I got Tux from her. He is such a sweet dog! Being a nurse, not an animal vet tech or vet, I suspect he has a vision issue as he doesn't track things well and I suspect it has been there since birth.I have been having issues while I am at work with him chewing my woodwork on my floors, fireplace and walls. Yes he is fed before I leave for work, he has lots of toys and I have another dog, a 7yr old female (H2W) Husky/hound and wolf mix that is with him all the time. Tux has been neutered and chipped. (I have been an animal owner for years all rescues but not from a shelter) I have had him 4 months and yes, he does exhibit shelter behavior and conditioning. I have tried giving him Benadryl to calm him while I am gone, on the advice of my vet, to no avail. Any helpful tips would be greatly appreciated. All the wood sprays on the market to stop chewing I have found to be a waste. I won't crate him as I don't crate my dogs and he has full access to the backyard and the house while I am gone.
  2. Edp

    Edp Registered Users

    Mar 16, 2014
    How long are you gone for ? Maybe he’s bored ? Does he get a good run/exercise before he is left...my dog settles and is left with no problems but after a good zoom about ?

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