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    Hi. My daughter and I have added an English Bulldog to our family. Ellie was born 5/10/14. She's doing fairly well on housetraining. My main issue is her chewing. So far, she's chewed/eaten 2 end tables. She has chew toys, rawhide chews, toys so there is plenty of approved items for her to chew on. Wondering if it could be boredom? Any insight would be MOST appreciated.

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    to EBN!!! Bullies can be chewers unfortunately… I have owned several, and some seem to LOVE furniture more than others. First of all PLEASE do not give your bullies rawhide chews, many bullies have choked on these… we recommend nylabones or antlers. I use biter apple spray to put on furniture legs to keep them from chewing on them, some dogs hate it but others seem to like the taste of it. Rotate your chew toy items so that she doesn't get bored w/the same old things… and be consistent when redirecting her to chewing her toys instead of furniture or other things that are not allowed. Good luck...

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    Welcome to EBN Bully Grandma and Elenor Rigby. Yes my Bentley was chewing on the fringe string of a floor runner this morning and drove me absolutely nuts. You really have to keep an eye on what bullies put in their mouths because it is just about anything despite all the toys they might have. We too use Nylabones and antlers. We stay away from rawhide as they are a choking hazard.

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    to EBN .... great advice given to you. Get rid of the raw hide and also avoid bully sticks... both are bad news for bulldogs.

    Nylabones, Kongs, antlers and marrow bones are best. Lots of correction and redirect. get a spray bottle and fill with water, when she starts to chew on something she should not, give a squirt to the side of the face with a firm NO... they learn quickly not to touch that item
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    ellie is just at teething age now, so it is necessary to keep a watch on her and as suggested, plenty of nylabone durabones and tough non-edible toys. If you keep after her and substitute with things she is allowed to chew, once her second teeth are in-she (hopefully) will have learned what is not allowed. You have to be vigilant about watching and correcting her.
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    Nylabones, and Kong toys are good for bullies, absolutely no rawhides, pig ears, or bully sticks, they are dangerous to bullies. Every bully I know has customizes someones house somewhere, it's a bully thing. LOL Seriously though, I would crate her when you are gone and keep her in your sight when you are home, this will help with the furniture chewing.
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    Thank you all SOOOOOOOOOOOO much. All rawhides have been removed to the trash. All of Ellie's "big girl" teeth are in. She's a sneaky quiet chewer. I was sitting on the couch, she was laying on my feet and chewing the corner of the end table without my hearing her. Needless to say she has taught me a new understanding of "in your sight"... I now understand that to mean being able to see both ends at all times. As she's up to at least 30 pounds I'm also thinking that it may be time for a bigger crate for her. Maybe Santa Paws will leave one early.

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    Get Ellie an apartment. The boys love their apartment.

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    Default Re: 1st English Bulldog-facing some challanges...

    Hello,
    Welcome. You will find lots of opinions and advice here. Find out what works for you. As for the rawhide's and bullie sticks, those are def considered a no-no.
    As for the chewing, eye's on all the time. And yes, they do learn.
    My opinion: I do not use a spray bottle. Here where I live it is so hot that in the summer I use a spray bottle to cool them off on car trips or just even around the house. To use a spray bottle as a detriment/consequence treatment prevents being able to use as a positive reward in another case. In stead, I use a empty water bottle with a few coins or pebbles. It is not meant to scare, it is only meant to be something to break their concentration on what they are doing (chewing), and then the immediate re-direct to something else. And it is also VERY important to follow-up with lots of positive reinforcement for the new action.

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    Where can I get an apartment?? I work at home so this would be great for my office and give her more room than a crate.

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    Weesie bought them from Dr's Foster & Smith online. When the boys get tire they slip off and go to the apartment. We use to put the divider in but they like it better together. It's really nice when we go out of town because the apartment come apart and fits easy in the trunk. Ralphie

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    I sure know my bulldog used to be a chewer. Now we have tons of nylabones, chew toys, and even wooden blocks. My dad one day was doing some house work and was cutting up 2X4 and my bulldog got a left over block. And let me tell you she just loves those things. Another thing is my bulldog loves water bottles. After I have drank a water bottle I give it to her. Now be sure to take the lid off or they will chew it off and maybe swallow it. The only thing is with the water bottle it won't last long with a bulldog so just be careful and keep an eye on them.

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