how to stop dogs from eating the drywall, crating is not the answer unless you just do not let them

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not only do the eat the drywall but also my beadboard. I even place clove oil on the areas it works for a day or so. They must be lacking something. They will even do it right in front of you just like kids then start over once you leave the room. You can not keep them crated

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  • StellaStella Posts: 6,822Member
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    Sounds like they are bored. Do they have treats, kongs, toys to amuse themselves with? Do they get enough daily exercise and play time? A tired dog is less likely to wreak havoc on your home. My dog gets at least one to two hours of exercise a day, and destroys nothing. You might want to try getting them out more, or even spend time each day with training exercises. Training makes them think, and can take some of the excess energy out of them!
  • Chris & Brian CrawfordChris & Brian Crawford Posts: 1,879Member
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    Why can you "not keep them crated"? There is nothing wrong with crating a dog as long as the dog otherwise receives enough exercise, both physical and mental, during the day. Exercise is not opening the door and turning the dog out into the yard, it's taking them for leashed walks, doing obedience training, and playing games (such as fetch). A dog that gets proper amounts of exercise is calm in the house and can be crated without any problems. When the dog is not crated in the house, it should always be under direct supervision. Leash the dog to you if you don't trust them to stay in the same room. When you are there to supervise, you can redirect inappropriate chewing to something appropriate, like a chew toy.
  • Richard AtchesonRichard Atcheson Northern USAPosts: 3,570Member
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    I agree, a combination of crating when you can't watch them, close supervision when you are around, and more exercise and activity. One big help might be to use doggy day care if you must leave them all day. Use closed doors or gates to keep it in the same room as you are, and perhaps as I do, a short chain fastened to the computer desk. If you catch it in the act, give it a sharp ''Ah, ah, ah!'' and offer it a chew toy. When you crate them, leave them some toys. Perhaps a Kong filled with peanut butter. Don't leave anything in the crate the dog might chew up. You will come home to a safe dog and a house you can enjoy. A dog that has not been crated since it was little, make take some work. Start out just putting its toys and treats in the crate. Praise it for going in. If you have been able to trust it with any bedding, put that in the crate. Feed it in the crate. This is also an easy way to maintain order at feeding time for more than
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