1 year old GS just started chewing on wall corners and wood furniture! HELP…

1 year old GS just started chewing on wall corners and wood furniture! HELP! She even does it when I am home with her! I am very skeptical of toys/chew bones as I don’t want her to have anything that could hurt her.

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

This dog needs to work!  “Running around with Dad” is not doing the trick.  She needs to work harder — using her brain — so that she gets out the extra energy.  Nose work, fetch, long ball runs (use a Chuck-It for distance), obedience work, agility, fly-ball, herding.  GSDs are a tough breed to exhaust.  This girl’s mental health is at stake, not to mention her life should she continue to destroy your home and you get to the point that you don’t want her anymore.  Yes, this is a lot of work and commitment of time, energy, and perhaps… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

Well, chewing furniture could hurt him too. Classic Kong is a great toy, and about the safest out there. You can stuff it with anything you want, you can even do frozen filling which lasts quite a while. Bully sticks, those made from beef tendons are very safe also (though you should supervise your dog, particularly when the stick gets short; some people remove it then, though none of my dogs ever had a problem with eating it end-to-end). There are a number other puzzle or chew toys which are quite safe. The Kong is the only toy I allow… Read more »

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Anonymous
5 years ago

step up the training and activity.  she’s probably chewing because she’s bored.  crate her when you can’t supervise and redirect her.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

welp, step up the mental work. have you done obedience training with her? work on the things you learned in class. if you haven’t done that yet, TAKE a class. 🙂

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Anonymous
5 years ago

that’s not harsh. i’m encouraging more training. bored puppies are destructive puppies. 😉

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Anonymous
5 years ago

at 1, puppies get…weird…for a little while. just like adolescent humans.

here’s a thought, and something you can work on at home: http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/getting-started-nose-work

it works the HECK out of their brains. we did this for a little while when my girl hit that age, and she’d just…quit…after a while. she’d be done for the night!

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Anonymous
5 years ago

good luck! i know this age is tough, especially for the really smart high energy breeds. i’m a doberman mom, and good lord…we were drinking regularly just to get through that stage. she’s 2 now and her brain started showing up in bits and bobs over the last 6 months or so.