Holeeeee Mackerel! I walked in the door from this morning's meeting to find a chewed-up lamp cord scattered all over the living-room floor! Mercifully, Ruby picked the lamp that's plugged into an outlet operated by a switch on the wall. That's all that saved her from being badly hurt or electrocuted.
She's been at large in the house since she learned to work the doggy door and so quit defiling the floors. She has never been a chewer, never been a digger, never been especially destructive at all. So I was pretty horrified at this new antic. If she had to take up chewing, she couldn't have picked a worse target.
AND...now that she's chewed up one lamp cord without getting jolted into the next world, she quite naturally will think all of them are excellent toys.
So it's back into the crate with her, when I'm gone.
But I can't keep her locked up forever. Even now, sometimes I have to go to events that occupy more than three or four hours, which is as long as I think she should be confined without access to the backyard. And sooner or later, she's going to have to learn to live in the house.
I'm thinking it would be good to spray all the lamp cords with stuff to discourage her from chewing.
However, past puppy experience indicates that puppies, like children who get bad-tasting stuff smeared on their fingers to stop nail-biting and thumb-sucking, soon develop a taste for said stuff.
Has anybody found anything that ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY will repel a dog from chewing?