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I think Apollo stopped chewing at about the same age his temperament hit. So 2-ish.
What saved my sanity: we started giving him sticks, and firewood. Seriously. Every time we caught him chewing on something in appropriate we shoved a stick in his mouth instead. The splinters sucked to vaccum out of the carpet, but it saved my funiture!
I hear that one is TM dependent....could be safe to leave them around at like 8 months or maybe never. That last real issues I had with chewing was when she was in heat at 10 months...she took out some drywall. Today she has full range of the house and has for over a year (well not basement) and she is pretty good unless she gets trapped in a room or something...as she will get herself out but causes dmg while she does it. She hates be confined.
Good, I leave her out now when I am home and its anything she can find to chew on. When I am not home she has my sons bed room and she chewed half way truth door. I've given her bones to chew on but I will have to get some firewood. LOL. I had her fixed at 6 months so, I guess maybe with age she will grow out of it.
Our 2 have pretty much outgrown chewing indiscriminately but if there's paper or cardboard left in reach then that gets shredded with wild abandon!
Oh and we have to leave the TV remotes way up high if we're not in the room, 6 Sky remotes in 6 months!
LOL. Now that's funny. I can tell when my girl is on a mission to find something, you can just see it in her face and when she puts her nose down and starts sniffing everything, I know she is going to get something.
Athena has been fine out of the crate since about 5 months. She's always been very good in the house. She never touched shoes or furniture. So as long as we had all the pencils out of her reach, it was ok. She loved pencils. She did chew the window sill during her first heat cycle, but that was it.
D'Argo hasn't been in a crate since about the same age. He's actually more destructive when we are home. He'll just walk around and grab everything and destroy it. The top of my piano is full of stuff that doesn't really belong there because it's one of the few places he can't reach. He eats shoes, furniture, cats, the carpet... He also likes to dig through the garbage. Sometimes I have to put the garbage can on the dining room table. I think once he realizes that he's big and athletic, he'll be able to get up there.
Oddly, when we leave the house, he just seems to sleep. Mostly.
Yeah, I keep my trash can on the kitchen counter for that reason. Laufey is out of the crate and good also when we are out, but when we're home the little angel is at her worst. I will have to replace the carpet and door in my sons room and the wood sill on the door outside. Yikes. I give her large chew bones but she can't have them out in the common house area due to her resource guarding.
We have had 5 TMs. No. 1 grew up with five other dogs, one older female flatcoated retriever took little Khan under her wing. He also grew up with indoor and outdoor cats. Plus, he was taken to the town park to meet other dogs. In addition to all that, we walked him a great deal in the country. He grew up to be a wonderful creature-self assured and aware of every thing around him. He was the only contestant in the '09 Westminster TM judging that did not have to be dragged at some point around in the ring. He made no. 5 in '08 in 21 shows, beating the eventual no.1 dog twice in the '08 TM Specialty. Champion Aujudon's Emperor Khan was a special TM