Is this normal for my corgi pup? In the past 3 weeks, he has chewed on the trim in 2 places in the house through the paint down to the wood........ chewed a hole in the linoleum by the front door down to the concrete (in like 7 minutes!!!)............ severed 2 (not live) wires of electrical accessories....... destroyed a laptop charger (again, not plugged in at the time).

I've responded by excersizing him more, trying to teach him more fun tricks, reaffirming obedience through 'walking nice' and 'waiting' and 'come!', etc etc. Pretty much, I've been giving him loads of attention and trying to switch up our activities together.

ONE THING THOUGH!!!!!!! If he has a bone that he likes, he will sit and chew the bone for hours and hours, paying no attention to me, wires, chargers, or floor trim! But he hardly likes any bone I give him....

Thanks for the advice. To answer some of your questions...
Eddy is 8 months old and crate-trained. We say "CRATE." and in he goes when we leave the house or sleep. He has destroyed all of these things only when we are home! It takes him just a few minutes. I was really posing this question because he only recently started this behavior, and to make sure my dog isn't weird, depressed, or pent up or something. It sounds like most everyone's corgi -especially puppy- has destroyed some furniture or trim.

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Comment by Murphy Brutus Heidorf on September 24, 2009 at 8:45pm
Hi...just wanted you to know that your corgi's chewing habits are like my one-year old corgi, Murphy, he chews our hardwood stairs, power cords, shoes, CD/DVD, shreds paper or cardboard better than those expensive models, etc...and yes he has tons of real bones, toys, attention and exercise....just passing this along to let you know...you are not alone! After reading this thread.....I am gong to invest in an antler...
Comment by Meryl on September 21, 2009 at 10:29pm
Eddy is going through teething stage so everything becomes a chew toy. First thing first, provide lots of chew toys (safe ones). He needs something to gnaw on. Get a rubber teething ring and freeze it. I found one at my local pet supply store. I love Kong! I stuffed it with Apples instead of peanut butter. Bubbles tongue is too long, it's all gone within a minute. You can also freeze wet wash cloth. Also, puppy proof the house, cover up all the electric wires, (i place a decorative chest on top of the wires to cover it) & close all doors. When Bubbles tries to gnaw the wires, I distract her by throwing a ball or making loud silly noises w/o looking at her.
Comment by Emily, Lizzie, and Oliver on September 21, 2009 at 8:09pm
Lizzie did her share of chewing but not so bad as Eddy.. I know that lizzie loves to run around with her puppy friend ( a neighbor w/ a dog around the same age as Lizzie) it wears her out so she is too tired to chew.. antlers sound like a good thing maybe we will try that too!
Comment by Jane Christensen on September 21, 2009 at 7:00pm
Oh yes, chewing, I lost everything on my computer due to a corgi chew! I use cow hooves (USDA or they will stink) they last a long time and all my dogs love them.It might help to keep whatever you give them to chew for times when you're not able to watch as close. I put mine up and then it's like a special treat a few time a day!
Comment by Cindy P on September 21, 2009 at 4:55pm
I don't have an intact window sill below 2 feet in my house!!
Comment by Soey on September 21, 2009 at 4:44pm
yup, Nikita did all that and more when she was a puppy. Bully sticks are great treats, as are the himalayan dog chew (made of cheese). The himalayan dog chew lasts her for days, even now as a full grown adult. The good news is that they will grow out of this chewing stage.
Comment by Derek on September 21, 2009 at 4:38pm
I have that problem right now with Morgan. I just can't leave him alone, he has to be crated when we go out, and I give him LOTS of chewable items that are better than my stuff. If you catch him chewing something bad you just take it away and replace it with the appropriet item. It has worked a bit for Morgan.
Comment by Jacki, Nutmeg & Cinnamon on September 21, 2009 at 4:17pm
Floorboards! UGH! Used to be brand new....now they have the 'lived in" look. I put vinegar on them, and it seems to be helping. That Apple stuff just made it more yummy. The vinegar smells at first, but it goes away.
Comment by Bev Levy on September 21, 2009 at 4:10pm
They really need to be confined in a dog proof room or crate when you can not watch them. At least until age one. Two is even better if you have a very active one. Unfortunately the more stuff they chew up the better chance it will become a habit or cause a medical problem. Imagine if you had a toddler and let them have the run of the house when you were unable to watch! Corgis are very good at entertaining themselves but can get into real trouble. I like a kong with cheese or peanut butter smeared inside when I leave. It keeps them busy for a little while so they don't go in search of something amusing.
Comment by Beth on September 21, 2009 at 4:08pm
Antlers are a great chew toy. My father works on a ranch, and every time he comes to visit he brings Echo an antler. He'll chew on the antler as long as we'll let him, but that being said, Echo still gets in trouble for chewing on things he shouldn't. He really likes to chew on wood, so several of our chair legs have suffered. He was under the kitchen table chewing on his antler and at some point switched to the chair and unfortunately we didn't notice it until a good chunk of the chair leg was missing. He also chewed into the drywall one night when we put his crate too close to the wall. Unfortunately, I think it's just a puppy thing that has to get worked through. Now we just keep a really close eye on him, move the antler where we can see him while he chews. He's also always crated when we're not home. I just look at it as it takes a while to learn that he can only chew on SOME things. I don't blame him for being confused when we give him things to chew on, that he doesn't understand why he can't just chew on everything. So it just takes time to establish what's allowed and what isn't. Be firm when he chews on something bad, and put what he can chew on in front of him, and he'll get the idea eventually.

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