Eating the gate and the wall
My sweet little Jade has picked up the not very sweet habit of chewing on the wooden separation gate and the wall at night while we sleep. She is 6 1/2 months old now and mostly very well behaved.
She spends the day in her kennel while my husband and I are at work so at night I like to leave her out (now that she has proven her ability to let me know when she needs to go out by ringing the bell on the back door). Our bedroom is right next to the kitchen (when she spends most of her time). We have a wooden baby gate that goes in the hallway so that she has free access to our room and the kitchen where her kennel is while we sleep at night. She normally spends the first few hours laying on the floor by my side of the bed before moving into the kitchen for the rest of the night.
Two nights ago I woke up to this very strange noise. I get up and catch her chewing on the wooden gate. She is just laying on the ground munching away at it! I scolded her greatly, sprayed the entire gate with bitters spray and went back to bed. Last night I was sure to spray the gate again just to be safe. Well around 3am I wake up to an even stranger noise. Go out here and now she is chewing on the corner of the wall when the gate is attached. Again I scolder her greatly, spray the area and go back to bed.
We had a problem with her chewing the wall a few months ago, but I thought she was over that, and it was always caused when I left the area and for whatever reason she could not follow. Since she had free access to me I didn't think it would be a problem.
Does anyone have any suggestions? She has her kong at night so its not that she doesn't have anything to play with. She gets a short walk in the morning before work, a much longer walk after work, and then about an hour of play/training in the evening. She is pretty laid back and normally spends the last few hours before bed just following me around and munching on a toy or just watching me. I really don't want to make her sleep in her kennel since she spends all day in there, but I am also hesitant to give her free rein of the whole house and removing the gate. I trust her, but not that much. Any ideas???