Stop the Chewing!

I have been having a hard time with Leo lately.  All of a sudden he has decided to become a chewer.  A few weeks ago he chewed a pair of my flip flops.  Lesson learned, shoes stay out of the common areas.  Then, a few weeks later, I had been wearing my nice, expensive, fitted running sneakers all day to help with back pain and had taken them off in the living room before bed and left them there.  My bad for leaving them out, but then Mike left Leo home alone without making sure things were off the floor and bye bye running sneakers.  Ouch…that hurt.  My fault though.  Then, the other morning, I went for a ½ hour run in the morning.  Mike stayed in bed, but Leo got up with me.  I went for a run and left the bedroom door open so Mike could hear if Leo rang the bell and needed to go out.  I returned home to find four PAIRS of shoes (that’s eight shoes) and my Syracuse baseball cap strewn about my living room in various stages of destruction.  Leo had taken them all from my bedroom (where Mike was sleeping) and brought them into the living room where he proceeded to chew the heck out of them.  I don’t know who I was more upset with, Leo for chewing them, or Mike for failing to hear him come into the room and remove eight shoes and a hat.  UGH!  I was NOT happy. 

Leo is a chewer and we always have TONS of chew toys readily available to him.  When he gets a new toy, he will spend hours chewing on it until it is destroyed.  If it has a squeaker, he does not stop chewing the toy until the squeaker is out.  If it is a rope, he does not stop gnawing on the rope until it is un-braided or un-knotted.  This can get expensive so we also keep numerous bones and antlers around for him to chew on.  These take a little longer to destroy.  So, needless to say, he has plenty of things to chew on.  He doesn’t chew on the things he’s not supposed to when we’re home, it’s only when we leave him alone and we only leave him alone for an hour at the most.  Yet…this is plenty of time for him to destroy my stuff.  Anyone else have this problem? 

I mean, I’m getting better (learning my lesson) and trying to pick up everything so he doesn’t have access to stuff, but, I mean, he chewed the skirt off of my couch…twice!

The first time Leo destroyed my couch

The first time Leo destroyed my couch

The 2nd time Leo destroyed my couch!

The 2nd time Leo destroyed my couch!

Made the mistake of leaving a hard covered book on the coffee table

Made the mistake of leaving a hard covered book on the coffee table

Can’t really pick the couch up.  Any suggestions on how to stop the chewing?

Marissa Sweet

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