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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?
Hi Sandra, I would definately not consider using a muzzle for this problem, far better to use a crate like I said before. Just a thought......what shampoo do you use on your dogs? Perhaps trying something like a Tea Tree based shampoo might make your dogs coats less appealing.
Because he seems to only chew the other male dogs coats then it seems as though he probably started out only grooming the other male dogs coats overnight while they were resting together for acceptance into the pack as a youngster (especially as he doesnt seem to do this to the females). He probably felt comforted by his actions and as the other males have not objected to him chewing at their coats then it has probably become a habit (like someone who finds biting their nails a calming experience).
Yes we are hoping as he is just 8 months that he will grow out of it but for the mean time i think we may have to resort to cage him over night or try the box muzzle. Thanks for your suggestions.