Shih Tzu-Innapropriate Chewing-How to Discourage Habit?

i have a mini schnauzer and a shih tzu,both rescues.i adopted the 3 yr old neutered male shih tzu from the aspca in april.he is getting along fine except for one thing-he chews cabinets,windowsills(which he can reach from the bed)and wooden furniture legs(chairs,tables,etc).i am afraid he will swallow wood chips,splinters and paint chips.this is very scary because this is a house built in 1940,there may be layers of lead paint underneath more recent paint.what can i do to stop this behaviour?i cant throw out all my furniture.every room has furniture in it.he also chews on sticks outside in the fenced backyard.i supervise him,but its a constant temptation for him.is there any way i can stop this? i am afraid he will poison or choke himself.i only work part time,but in order to supervise,i would have to monitor him 24/7! i have offered him chew bones from the pet store(dog safe) but he is niot interested,he wants to chew wood! advice appreciated!

Two potential routes: 1) substitute- get him a bunch of chew toys- hard, softer, Kong’s with peanut butter inside, chew ropes, all kinds. Try to find something with a simiar texture to wood. Experiment until you find something he likes. Many dog only like to chew up one thing -we had a golden retriever who only chewed up semisoft plastic - like barbie dolls- never touched furniture or much else. 2) crate him when you can’t supervise and use something bad tasting on as many items as you can. Some people like bitter apple (some people don’t), cayenne pepper oil, the stuff you get for toddlers to stop sucking their thumbs, etc. You will probably have to experiment there too. But I’m sure you can find something nontoxic he hates the taste of. Good luck! Glad to see you adopted an older dog.

3 Responses to “Shih Tzu-Innapropriate Chewing-How to Discourage Habit?”

  1. Mrs. Crawler says:

    He needs more exercise and more supervision. Crate train him when you are gone for his safety.
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  2. papaw says:

    Spray the areas, (and keep them sprayed) with the ‘Bitter Apple" sprays that deter dogs from chewing. Also, try some other dog toys other than the chew bones you have tried. You will very like be able to find several kinds of safe chew toys that will curb his desire to chew furniture.

    Papaw
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  3. Jano says:

    Two potential routes: 1) substitute- get him a bunch of chew toys- hard, softer, Kong’s with peanut butter inside, chew ropes, all kinds. Try to find something with a simiar texture to wood. Experiment until you find something he likes. Many dog only like to chew up one thing -we had a golden retriever who only chewed up semisoft plastic - like barbie dolls- never touched furniture or much else. 2) crate him when you can’t supervise and use something bad tasting on as many items as you can. Some people like bitter apple (some people don’t), cayenne pepper oil, the stuff you get for toddlers to stop sucking their thumbs, etc. You will probably have to experiment there too. But I’m sure you can find something nontoxic he hates the taste of. Good luck! Glad to see you adopted an older dog.
    References :

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