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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Chewing on furniture all of a sudden!!!!

Hi so we got our male at 7 weeks. He has always been in my sight up until Nov. I had been taking him to work with me but then my boss decided he was getting too big and intimidating for customers. (He is a super friendly dog but has a mean sounding bark) So i crated him the first week, I'm only gone 6 hours Mon-Fri. That weekend we decided to give him a few tests roaming the house while we were gone and he did great. I started leaving him out while at work, I do close off some rooms. I didn't have any issues til a week ago. Came home and he had chewed at the bottom of my wood desk. Couple days nothing and then yesterday he chewed, just a little, on a different piece. Shouldh've crated him today but walked him before I left instead and came home to see he chewed on a table TOP and destroyed my front windows trim.
I read he's probably bored, it's winter so we're inside a lot. He has almost 2 acres to roam outside in invisible fencing.
He has been really laid back up until now and even still when we're home he's content to lay around for the most part.
So tomorrow back to the crate. What do I do and what am I doing wrong??
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 07:15 PM
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Teach him what is ok to chew and what is not. Is he teething? It's normal to chew on things, plus 6 hours in the crate is a long time in my opinion. Are you making sure he's getting enough play time?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 07:16 PM
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Crate is best. Safer for him and your furniture.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-31-2017, 08:22 PM
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Unless I missed it, you don't say exactly how old he is. If he's teething, he's going to chew. If he's loose and bored and teething, he's going to chew. I would crate until you know you can trust him. And I wouldn't just leave him out for six hours a month or two from now to test him, but test him for very short amounts of time. Chewing could become dangerous if he decides to start chewing wires instead of wood.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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He is 9 months, not teething anymore which is why I'm thinking boredom. He is back in his crate today.
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