well, I dont have a baby to compare it with. I was just assuming.
My g/f let him sleep in the bed with us the 1st night, now if he is not in the bed with us he will lay in his crate and whine aaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll night. So now I either got to let him sleep with us or try my best to crate train him.
Had a lab growing up. Completely the wrong dog for our family, but great if you're really active and outdoorsy. They need a TON of exercise.
The puppy stage seems to last for a couple of years, our loved to chew on everything too, especially drywall. Chewed out the outer edge of one of our walls and made two large holes in the carpet. He also destroyed a bunch of other random stuff. My parents started keeping him in our mud room at night. I think they should have invested in a crate because he started eating out the plaster in that room too.
When he finally got past that stage he was so hyper, he only acted normal if my brother would run him for about 45 minutes a day. Unfortunately 8 months after my brother brought the dog home (yeah, it was his dog ) he left for college....then after that graduate school. So really the dog was only normal when my brother was home on vacation. Then he moved across the country for an internship, then moved long distance. He finally bought a house...at that point the dog was 12 years old and had finally started to mellow. He died only 5 or 6 months after my brother took 'his dog' home to live with him.
*eta* Once he was 2-3 years old the destructive chewing waned a little and we got him a nylabone. That was the only thing that could handle his powerful chew!
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'There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you'll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment,' ~Nick Saban
Buy a couple of Nylabones-one WOLF size and one smaller. You CAN buy one of the gummy ones, but if he starts to tear chunks off of it, then toss it. Whenever you see the puppy chew, take the wrong "chew toy" away and give him the Nylabone. Praise him.
After a little while (since he's smart enough to start going to the door to go outside), he'll mostly chew on the "good" chew toys.
Now if you have something that smells "tasty" like stinky clothes or shoes, you can't REALLY blame him for chewing. That's what closets and laundry hampers are for, after all. You'll never leave clothes or shoes on the floor once you have a dog, unless you want them destroyed.
Enjoy your pup!
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