Need Advice: Rocky Knocks out Couch in One Round!
Remember this sweet picture of boxer Rocky on top of newest boxer Gracie on Shannon's couch?
Well, see Shannon's couch after Rocky got done playing with it! Bad Boy!
Shannon says: "My boxer Rocky is a horrible chewer and really destructive. I know it's in some boxers nature to be this way. He has pretty much destroyed my couch which is ok because I hated the couch and wanted a new one (haha). But, seeing as I will be getting a new couch I don't want him doing the same to the new one.
"I bought some stuff from Petsmart called "natures miracle" bitter spray. I sprayed it all over the couch yesterday to the point of it being wet. I closed all the bedrooms doors . To test them, I left Rocky and Gracie out for approx 1 hour alone while I ran to the store. When I returned....welll, just look at the picture. Yes, he pulled all the cushions off the couch and chewed them some more. He also knocked my daughters door open (it doesn't stick when you close it) and retrieved several items from her room. One item was one of those pillows that has one hundred gazillion microscopic beads...that is what appears to be snow on my floor.
"Upon moving the couch cushions, I found several beanie babies murdered beyond recogniton-only small piles of beads and shredded pink fabric. Another beanie victim was found in the hallway. A couple of softball socks were also chewed. So, I just counted this as failure, put them in the fence and vacummed for 45 minutes. Needless to say there are still tiny beads rolling around...probably will be for weeks.
"I am wondering if anyone else has a suggestion for a product that stops chewing. Also, what about a super large gate? I just hate putting him in his kennel if I am going to be gone for 3 or 4 hours. I saw a gate on PetSmart's website that is very wide (I need one that will expand to 70 inches and be tall enough for him not to jump over) but its web sales only. I would rather see it in person before I buy it.
"I know this will pass in a couple of years as he is only about 18 months old. But he is driving me to drinking. HA! ANY suggestions will be appreciated."
My advice for Shannon (and please add yours too!):I can tell you this happened with
Scooter when he was adopted by my friend first to be a companion to her first dog. She came home from work and found the same thing. A few times. That's why I took him, as I wasn't working and could work with him.
When he first came here, I was here to catch him in the act. The minute he
started chewing on a rug or miniblind cord I said NO in a harsh voice, made
him move away and gave him a chew toy. It didn't take long for him to stop.
Peanut chewed up all the cushions on the deck when he was younger. It looked
like a snow machine exploded all over the place. First he did it to lounge
chair cushions. Then all the wicker furniture cushions. I went and got new
stuff and he did it again. The third time I tred to find the exact same
cushions so The Boss wouldn't know, but couldn't find them, so I bought
others and covered them with pillow cases. And then it never happened again.
I would try to be home and leave them alone when you can see them from a
window without them knowing. Then if he starts doing it, you can march in and discipline him. You have to catch them in the act for this to work. Do this
I don't think he has separation anxiety, or he'd be destroying more than
couches. A couch cushion is like a big soft stuffed animal to some. I can't
give my dogs plush toys any more because Scooter unstuffs them in 20 seconds
flat. (all the other things Rocky chewed were soft, material things).
You can get leather furniture because that doesn't have removable cushions.
I've never heard of a dog destroying leather. Anyone else ever hear of a dog destroying leather?
A gate is also a good idea and they do make big ones. Brett and Jeremy have
one to keep the dogs in their bedroom if they want to. It's from almost top
to bottome of the door frame and is one piece and is a swing type that can be locked. It's brushed metal or aluminum. It looks nice. You should ask to come by their house to see it and ask where they got it. You can check out the Dr. Foster's and Smith Web site. I get a lot of pet stuff from this site and they have the gates and everything under the sun for pets.
And Shannon is right about the age thing. Dogs usually "grow up" after the age of two and stop a lot of that kind of thing.
As far as spray products, I never heard of any of those things working excpet on wood, like chair legs.
So, share your advice!
posted by Sandy at 3/16/2008 12:23:00 PM