Q: We have a 5-month-old female Lhaso that is a joy to have around, except that she chews on anything in sight. We have tried to keep things out of her reach, but she finds something else to get a hold of. She seems to like shoes, socks, paper and small cardboard boxes. We have given her Milk Bones, which she gobbles up, but then she comes back for more. We don't want to lock her up, but she is beginning to chew on pillows from the couch. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Chewing, especially by puppies, is a natural behavior that can become destructive if left unchecked. Unfortunately, most owners cannot be around all the time to keep a young dog from finding things to chew. Chewing can also be a sign of boredom by a dog that is left alone for long periods of time.
First, you should supply your dog with a variety of chew toys, chew bones and chew snacks that will keep her interest and allow her to play with different objects that will keep her away from your shoes. Do not give her old slippers or old socks, since she can't tell the difference between these objects and your new expensive evening shoes. You may have to confine her to a smaller section of the house to keep her from getting into things, making sure she has plenty of fresh water and food. It may do some good to leave a radio on because it may comfort very young dogs while they are alone.