Friday, January 25, 2008

My Yellow Labrador is Chewing Everything - part I

Subject: 9 month old, yellow Labrador Retriever is chewing everything - part I

From: Carin (USA)

Labrador Retriever Name: Porter

Reader's E-mail - Carin Writes:

Hi Fay,

I have 2 Labrador retrievers. The 13 month , Murphy is chocolate, and the 9 month old, Porter is yellow. Murphy is a loving, kissing, wonderful dog. Porter is a loving ,cuddling, chewer. He has eaten our rugs, towels, recliner, chairs, and even the plastic tray in his crate. I give them all kinds of bones and chewies, but he will still chew in the things that he is not supposed to.

I was keeping them both crated during the day while my husband and I are at work, but we only have 1 crate now. I feel that it would be cruel of me to keep Porter crated and not Murphy. I confine them to the kitchen. This is when he becomes destructive with things. When we did have Porter crated we would but a blanket in there and he would even chew or eat that too.

I don't know what to do. I can never catch him in the act. I did once or twice but that is it. He knows that he has done something wrong when we find out what he has done because he lowers his head and gives you those eyes, and the very end of his tail starts to wag a little. What should I do?

Sincerely, Carin

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Carin,

Thank you for your e-mail. Two Labrador pups... boy do you have your hands full! I have two myself, chocolate and black, almost a years difference in age..

If you can give me some further information, I will gladly try to be of assistance to you.

Does Porter get plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation?

How many hours per day is Porter left alone?

Is most of this destructive behavior being done when you are at work and when sleeping?

Do you have any problems with Porter growling during play?

When you are home does Porter follow you around from room to room?

Any medical conditions with Porter?

With all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retrievers, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

Carin, please get back to me with the answer to these questions at your earliest convenience and we will take it from there.

Awaiting your reply,

Fay

To read part two of this e-mail click: My Yellow Labrador is Chewing Everything - part II

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