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Re: Bitting Everything

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 27, 2002 at 10:28:04

In Reply to: Bitting Everything
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  Jessica
Posted on:  November 26, 2002 at 22:39:00

Question:

: Hi, my JRT is almost 10 mth, he is nuetered and I've had him since he was 8 weeks old. For a while now he has been bitting everything from wood to leather. I read that he probably needed more exercise, so we took him for 2 walks a day and played ball for an hour a day and someone is always home with him. Even with all of this he still chews everything. We will be playing and he will just stop and start chewing the carpet or ripping up the grass with his teeth. He is also very pushy and I only play with him when I decide that we should, but that's not really helping either. He will just sit, stare at me and bark. Please help, I love Inky but he really needs to stop his behavior or my mom says he has to go.


Response:

Hi Jessica,

Just like a child, Inky needs to learn what is okay to do and what's not okay to do. If nobody teaches him, he's not going to know.

So it's time to teach Inky. When Inky takes something he shouldn't have and starts chewing on it, you must give him a stern "NO" and give him something he can chew on (toy, chewy, bone). When Inky takes the right item, you tell him "GOOD INKY..GOOD BOY!" in a very happy way. This tells Inky this is a good thing to do and it makes you happy. When Inky takes something not good the "NO" and "BAD DOG" in a stern voice will signal Inky that this is wrong.

Jessica you need to understand that this is not going to change overnight. This is going to take time, a whole lot of patience and 100% consistancy to make Inky understand. And your whole family is going to have to get involved. Anyone that sees Inky chewing on something he's not supposed to must do the same thing I have told you to do. If not everybody is on the same page, then Inky will just get confused because he will think "it's okay to chew this in front of this person, but I can't chew it in front of Jessica."

Now is the perfect time to get Inky into school. Ask your parents if you and Inky can go to obedience school. You will be doing both you and Inky a big favor if you do this and your parents should be very happy that you want to make sure that Inky becomes a good canine citizen and a nice addition to your family instead of a headache.

Regards,
Marie