Maria Satira’s “The Dog Blog” – The Chewer

Maria Satira's "The Dog Blog" - The Chewer (Image 1)

May 21, 2014:

We’ve gone about two weeks (knock on wood) without destruction! 

While I would like to think it’s because Roman has finally caught on to that whole ‘right vs. wrong’ thing, in reality, I’m sure that’s not really the case.

I’m still trying to figure out how he was around the DVDs, magazines, and books in my living for about three months before he decided he’d taste test them. Apparently they tasted SO good, he couldn’t part with them. Needless to say, now my entire DVD, magazine, and book collections live in the guest bedroom. Maybe one day they’ll venture back out on display in the living room… but until then, they’re safe from Roman.

Since the day I got him, he’s loved to chew. He can destroy a Nylabone like no other dog’s business. Of course, I have no problem with him destroying HIS toys. But when he starts destroying MY stuff… that’s when we have a problem.

I was told he may have taken up chewing because he’s bored while I’m at work. Obviously, it’s going to be a hard habit to break while I’m not home. So the solution (at least for the time being) is to tire him out while I’m at work. That means Roman is no longer allowed to eat from a bowl. He must work for his food. 

I bought him a food puzzle/dispenser. It keeps him occupied for hours! It unscrews and his dry food fits inside. Then, he has to ‘paw’ it and roll it around to get the food to come out. It has a weight at the bottom too so it puts up a challenge to get the food out. When it’s empty, it takes him another hour to retrace his steps to make sure he didn’t miss any crumbs that fell out. This thing is genius. When I come home to check on his during my lunch break, he is WORN OUT!

This is a video from one of his first few encounters with it… he’s infatuated!

How do you keep your fur-babies busy while you’re at work? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Until next time,

Maria & Roman

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