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For some reason my girl Darla is eating the drywall in the house. This is a BRAND NEW house :dunno I don't know what to do. She is doing it when we are asleep or not home. We can't crate her because she freaks out and at her foster home she broke 2 teeth trying to get out of a crate. My husband is FURIOUS. I heard that it is possibly a vitamin deficiency? We have had her for about a year and a half and just moved to this house 2 months ago.

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Some dog like to chew and dry wall is one of the favorites. My Andy used to chew it also. He actually would lick it until it was soft and then bite holes in it. Muzzle her when you go out or go to bed at night. If she still manages to chew at it, put a stool guard in her muzzle. She won't be able to get to it that way.

 

Personally I think it's a boredom so they just chew on what's handy. Leave lots of chew toys around and every time you catch her, redirect her to a toy.

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Licking it or actually eating it?

 

New drywall is wet / moist for up to a year. There is probably some smell in it that she likes. You might need to muzzle her and use a stool guard.

 

Rocket licked one of the corners on a wall by his bed when he first got here. A little drywall mud and a little paint and it's good as new.

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I have fixed all the spots as I find them. I haven't muzzeled her in about 8 months so I think I will be digging that muzzel out again and see if that works. She has lots and lots of toys for her and Oscar our other hound.

 

She is actually eating it (I can see the teeth marks).

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That's exactly what my Andy did. Another thing you can try is some Bitter Apple spray. When you see a place where she's started chewing, spray it with this stuff. It has an awful taste to it. Once she's tried it it may discourage her from chewing on any place on the walls. You may want to spray the places you've repaired because my Andy would go right back to the same spot and start chewing again!

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My Tia did this--she seemed to love the taste of dry wall. I sprayed every wall in the house with bitter apple (or No Chew) at her level. Every couple of weeks I would repeat the spraying. Eventually she lost interest.

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Sheba doesn't chew dry wall thank goodness (my place is 30+ years), but she sometimes chews the door frame of the inside door into the garage. That's where I leave and return, so I assume it's because I leave her from time to time. Thankfully she doesn't chew it every time, just an odd time now and then. When I remodel, I'll have the door frames replaced.

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*sigh* I just finished patching the walls here.

 

Google will tell you to spray the walls with are-sol deodorant. Doesn't work and just makes you choke on fumes in your bedroom. Is she doing it by her dog bed at night? If so just go to the hardware store and get cheap paneling to stick against the walls to protect. Around here they are $8 a sheet and cut in half works great.

 

They eat the drywall for calcium. No way Sunshine has a calcium deficiency! She's just an interesting monster...

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Guest Krissyfissy

Instead of Bitter apple, I rub a halved lemon on the spot. Our problem is more with the wood window sills, than the drywall. Seems to work though :)

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Guest HHHounds

Maybe she was a contractor in a former life? Sorry.. Our first dog ate our kitchen - floor, wallpaper, cabinets - so I do feel your pain....

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Guest GreytPlains

You might also try some systematic desensitization training to get her more comfortable with you leaving. Even though you've had her for a long time, the move must have created some anxiety (and the previous behavior with the crate would lead me to think the same thing) so it sure couldn't hurt. That way, you'd be addressing the problem and not just the symptom.

 

Perhaps she'd like some new and more interesting toys that will keep her entertained while you are away. Toys she only gets when you are away. The good 'ol Kong stuffed with whatever is a sure winner, and then some "thinking" toys, like the buster cube and hide a squirrel could help.

 

You could also put her in an ex-pen in the middle of a room, away from drywall.

 

Good luck!

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Just found another spot yesterday next to an OUTLET!!!!! Husband does not like the idea of a muzzle while we are gone. I told him the muzzle or the walls? Will the bitter apple or lemon stuff damage the paint?

 

Funny think is she has Oscar and our puppy Chico (who is crated when we leave) so it is not like we leave her by herself. Lately we don't even leave for long periods of time.

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The bitter apple will not damage the paint. The only thing that stopped my Andy was a muzzle with a stool guard in it. He even managed to get it with just a muzzle on! We were still finding spots we had to repair after he passed away.

Judy, mom to Darth Vader, Bandita, And Angel

Forever in our hearts, DeeYoGee, Dani, Emmy, Andy, Heart, Saint, Valentino, Arrow, Gee, Bebe, Jilly Bean, Bullitt, Pistol, Junior, Sammie, Joey, Gizmo, Do Bee

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Guest kirstenbergren

I honestly haven't had anything like this happen to me, but I would use the muzzle. We use the muzzle when we are not home to supervise PJ with our cat. The bitter apple spray helps me with the furniture that my cat likes to claw at, so I'd try it on the walls. I doubt it would hurt the paint, it doesn't hurt my furniture. Good luck!

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