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For the first time, our youngest irish at 8 months old has taken a notion to chewing the other dogs coats. We have never had a coat chewer before and we never catch him doing it to tell him off!
We have thought about getting a muzzle, but our guess is that he is doing it during the night and so he would not be able to drink.
We are just wondering if anyone else has ever had a coat chewer, and if so what methods they may have used to stop them doing it?
He is not chewing himself, but is chewing other male dogs only on their sides however not their legs. But yes we may have to resort to crating him over night. Thank you for your suggestions.
The products in the link might be of some help, but I agree, the crate idea would put a stop to this. I only hope he doesn't then start chewing his own coat, then maybe the sprays might come onto their own.
Regards, Dawn Riddell.
He is not a licker, but like you said we never see him doing it just the results. The coat just looks like someone has come along and cut the coat with scissors, however it is not just one particular it is the 3 other male dogs we have that he targets and they never seem to tell him off for it and the bitches probably do, we wish they would though. We are hoping he will grow out of it too! Thank you for your suggestions.
Have spoken to Katrina about this because she has also had a coat chewer. What she did was to let the dogs out for a last pee in the evening and then let her chewer out by herself. That seemed to work. Maybe, as others have suggested, cage him at night by himself with toys to keep him occupied. Maybe if you place the cage in the dog room with the others he cannot get to them but can still see them so he won't feel alone. Katrina said eventually her coat chewer just forgot about it and never did it again.
I have heard one friend talk about coat chewing in her Gordons. Ears and the top of the head and ALWATS in the days before a show. She came to the conclusion that it was this dogs idea of how a show dog should look. She never found an answer exceopt vigilance!
I suppose you could track when it happens and to which dog. What is the chewer's reaction and what is the "chewee's" response?
Yes it is always the days before a show, typical. However we have never once seen the chewer do it, the reason we know it is him as he is the new addition to the family and it had never happened before, so process of elimination would suggest it is him. But the other dogs he chews never seem to have told him off for it. Just wish they would as this may encourage him to stop.
Thank you for your suggestions, will have to try them. But we have never once seen him show interest just see the devastation in the morning, and this has been going on for a couple of months now and it is gradually getting worse. Thanks again.