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Boxer Puppy is EATING EVERYTHING, can you HELP???

Boxer Puppy is EATING EVERYTHING, can you HELP???

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Question by Jewel: Boxer Puppy is EATING EVERYTHING, can you HELP???
My 4 1/2 mo old Boxer puppy “Bella” is eating paper, toilet paper, and anything in the garbage cans that are low to the floor. She also eats my hubby’s wallet, credit cards, and tears his bills. She steals my house shoes too! As a matter of fact …… phooey ……. WHERE ARE my slippers? They were just right here.

BELLA!!!!!!!

PLEASE someone HELP ME?

I don’t want to whip her, but don’t know what to do.
I catch her RIGHT AWAY and punish her, but it is doing no good.
I can’t sleep since she is up and running amock, and she is too large now to kennel. She weighs like 40 to 45 pounds already! YIKES!!!!!!! She is like 1 1/2 ft tall from paws to her back.

Best answer:

Answer by brainiac
substitution. Get her several toys and rawhide chewies. Scold her when she gets something off limits, then give her a chewy with praise. It will take a little bit, but it works. I had one that did the same thing. Now it’s all about the toys for her.

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  • couchP56

    I was told to use “bitter lime” when we got our dog as a puppy five years ago. It stopped alot of the chewing.

  • LovexRemedy

    hahahaha i have two dobermans, my girls name is Bella as well!! I had the same problem at that age! I find if you give them an extra hour or two of outside exercise time it wears them out A LOT. Exercise them as much as you can and they wont take their hyperness out on your things and run amok around the house! Also, try a bitter apple spray on things she usually chews, best stuff ever! I had to soak most everything in it but it doesnt affect your things, it will just repel her away.

    One more thing, if she feels like shes not getting enough attention from you she will chew things on purpose, so when you can, give her an extra cuddle or treat, it works!! :) Good luck!

  • “D”

    It’s very hard to train a boxer, but it is possible. It took us 2 yrs to get the “puppy ” out of our boxer. The best thing is a crate, it is very good at relieving the stress of what your dog is doing when you are not there to babysit. My boxer is 10 years old now and I can leave her for 14 hours without her bothering anything. I would upgrade her to a larger crate until she is well behaved. You won’t be sorry for the investment.

  • pugcubbies

    Driving you smack out of your mind, right?? Bless your heart, you haven’t got much longer to go but stay firm and shake the shoe in her face and be very low-voiced telling her whatever you want to say. She has to know the difference between good puppy and bad dog!!! She WILL get better, trust me. But YOU have to promise you won’t give up. Just remember, when she’s 3 she’s not going to be found wrapped in toilet paper with your new shoe in her mouth!! You can’t see the end, but she WILL grow up!! In the meantime just keep EVERYTHING she likes to mess up AWAY from her. I’m surprised she hasn’t torn up any of your furniture yet!! My little dachshund ate the whole arm of a rocking chair off but she grew to be my favorite dog before she passed. She was my real pal anf followed me everywhere. Who do we love the most, the one we need or the one who needs us? God, I miss her and I have 4 now!! I still can’t say her name yet. Your Boxer will be worth it all and you will have The Puppy From Hell stories to tell!! I’m betting on YOU!! Good Luck!! @8=)

  • Silverwolf

    First, you need to puppyproof your house. She is teething and, just like a baby, she’ll put anything in her mouth that she comes across. Put everything up out of reach or behind locked doors. (Cupboard latches are in order, too. My doberman used to open mine to play with the potatoes!)

    Second, she is NOT too large to kennel. You can get crates that are big enough for full grown Dobermans, so I’m sure you can get one for your pup. She only needs enough room for her to stand up and turn around. You might want to get a “large” (if it’s not TOO big…they tend to mess if there’s space other than where they lay) so she won’t grow out of it too soon. They have “X-large” if you eventually need one. I’ve included a site with info about crate training.

    If you don’t want to crate her, there is one other thing you can do. Designate one room in the house as “her” room. Puppyproof it and then some…when she’s bored or mad or whatever, she’ll tear up ANYTHING she can get her paws onto…electrical outlets, carpet, curtains, anything wood (like cupboards, edges of doors, furniture). Use a babygate (spend the extra money for a hard plastic one…she’ll chew through wooden ones in a heartbeat) and put it across the doorway to keep her in. Give her plenty of toys and rawhide to keep her busy while she’s confined. You can use potty pads to mark where she needs to “go”…but don’t be surprised if she tears these up as well.

    Honestly, crating is better than rooming, but it’s all a matter of preference. If you can successfully room her over the next few months, she’ll be less destructive, and when she misbehaves, you can tell her to go to her room, and just like a child, will (occasionally *wink*) do so. Good luck to you and Blessings

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