My 1 year old springer spaniel is chewing everything

by Hannah
(Galesburg, IL)

My springer spaniel is 1 year old and this habit just started on her birthday.


We recently moved to an apartment where she has to be kennelled during the day. She is used to being able to run all day and having our other dog around her to entertain her.

We we not able to bring our other dog though because he has pit bull in him and he's not allowed at the apt.

The first day she was there alone she some how got out of her kennel and dug so much at the door that she tore the carpet up off the ground. Then she pooped like 6 times throughout the room.

We moved her from that room and put her in the living room the next day. She has been doing fine since then during the day that is except for some whining but we have been leaving the tv on and got her a big bone to try and occupy her and that's been better.

Well when I get home from work we take her outside to potty and go for a pretty long walk and let her off the leash to run a little by the apts.

At night so she doesn't have to be in the kennel 24/7 we have been leaving her out. She did fine until we bought her chew toys. Since then she has eaten 5 pairs of clean underwear, my favorite flip flop, 2 bottles of muscle milk, a check book, sunglasses, her collar, she got on the kitchen table and spread everything out across the apt, a bra, the list goes on and on.

When I come out of the bedroom in the morning she automatically goes to her kennel telling on herself.

She is honestly the best dog anyone could ask for but she is just getting bored I think at night. She has never chewed up anything since we've had her, we got her when she was 5 weeks old. She is a very very sensitive dog, biggest lover you'll ever be around. She is a good girl but we don't know how to get her to stop doing this at night. It's only the second time she's done it but we can't have her acting like this. Any advice would be wonderful. Thanks

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

She is bored and frustrated, she is used to having company in the form of your other dog and now she is left alone all day. She needs more exercise and if you can work witha dog walker who will take her out every day so she can socialised with other dogs.

She is a pack animal and she cannot show and be that on her own all day, and she is missing this because her buddy is no longer with her. You have to try and give her some alernative during the day to stimulate her and give the company she needs. Good luck

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Aug 25, 2011
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Natural Instinct
by: Anonymous

Springers are working dogs who by nature like to have things in their mouths, retrieving dogs such as springers tend to go through another chewing phase at around the age of one as well as the initial puppy phase, my springer was never much of a chewer until she reached 11 months, I just had do keep an eye on her, ensure she had plenty of things she could chew and redirected her when she tried to chew things she couldn't, and now at 13 months it is easing off..remember you can't change a dogs natural instinct, you just have to manage it.

Aug 25, 2011
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Natural Instinct
by: Anonymous

Springers are working dogs who by nature like to have things in their mouths, retrieving dogs such as springers tend to go through another chewing phase at around the age of one as well as the initial puppy phase, my springer was never much of a chewer until she reached 11 months, I just had do keep an eye on her, ensure she had plenty of things she could chew and redirected her when she tried to chew things she couldn't, and now at 13 months it is easing off..remember you can't change a dogs natural instinct, you just have to manage it.

Aug 08, 2011
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by: Hannah

Yes, it is a really bad situation. We have thought about having like a kid at the apt complex or even an adult walk her during the day but the thing is that we are not from anywhere close to the area and know nobody. So the only way we could do that is to give someone we have no clue about a key to our apt for the days or give them our dog for the day. I'm not that trusting. Also, we have been there for about 2 months now and I haven't seen a kid older then the age of 2. The other people there very snooty and do not talk to anyone. The only one that has talked to us when we've tried talking to them is an alcoholic...I can't let her watch Mollie.

Aug 05, 2011
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unfortunatly
by: Hannah

We had a very hard time finding apts in the area we needed in the first place and honestly we've been here for about 2 months and I haven't seen one child over the age of 2. There are alot of elderly people. We talked to our upstairs neighbor who fell in love with Mollie and said she would love to watch her during the day but #1 i don't trust her because she drinks alot and #2 she just had knee surgery and can barely come downstairs. Believe me though we are looking. Since we are not from the area we had to move to, how do you find trust in someone enough to either give them a key to our apt to have them let her in and out or give them our dog for the day. I've even asked the vet if there are dog walkers or doggy daycares and there are not anything in the area. They told me to try contacting this grooming on wheels and see if they know of anyone or could help and they don't either. I can't just leave her with someone we don't know or give someone we have no idea about access to our apt...it's a really bad situation.

Aug 05, 2011
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sad to say but
by: hannah

We had a very hard time finding apts in the area we needed in the first place and honestly we've been here for about 2 months and I haven't seen one child over the age of 2. There are alot of elderly people. We talked to our upstairs neighbor who fell in love with Mollie and said she would love to watch her during the day but #1 i don't trust her because she drinks alot and #2 she just had knee surgery and can barely come downstairs. Believe me though we are looking. Since we are not from the area we had to move to, how do you find trust in someone enough to either give them a key to our apt to have them let her in and out or give them our dog for the day. I've even asked the vet if there are dog walkers or doggy daycares and there are not anything in the area. They told me to try contacting this grooming on wheels and see if they know of anyone or could help and they don't either. I can't just leave her with someone we don't know or give someone we have no idea about access to our apt...it's a really bad situation.

Aug 05, 2011
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sad to say
by: Hannah

We had a very hard time finding apts in the area we needed in the first place and honestly we've been here for about 2 months and I haven't seen one child over the age of 2. There are alot of elderly people. We talked to our upstairs neighbor who fell in love with Mollie and said she would love to watch her during the day but #1 i don't trust her because she drinks alot and #2 she just had knee surgery and can barely come downstairs. Believe me though we are looking. Since we are not from the area we had to move to, how do you find trust in someone enough to either give them a key to our apt to have them let her in and out or give them our dog for the day. I've even asked the vet if there are dog walkers or doggy daycares and there are not anything in the area. They told me to try contacting this grooming on wheels and see if they know of anyone or could help and they don't either. I can't just leave her with someone we don't know or give someone we have no idea about access to our apt...it's a really bad situation.

Aug 05, 2011
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unfortunatly
by: Hannah

We had a very hard time finding apts in the area we needed in the first place and honestly we've been here for about 2 months and I haven't seen one child over the age of 2. There are alot of elderly people. We talked to our upstairs neighbor who fell in love with Mollie and said she would love to watch her during the day but #1 i don't trust her because she drinks alot and #2 she just had knee surgery and can barely come downstairs. Believe me though we are looking. Since we are not from the area we had to move to, how do you find trust in someone enough to either give them a key to our apt to have them let her in and out or give them our dog for the day. I've even asked the vet if there are dog walkers or doggy daycares and there are not anything in the area. They told me to try contacting this grooming on wheels and see if they know of anyone or could help and they don't either. I can't just leave her with someone we don't know or give someone we have no idea about access to our apt...it's a really bad situation.

Aug 05, 2011
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unfortunatly
by: Hannah

We had a very hard time finding apts in the area we needed in the first place and honestly we've been here for about 2 months and I haven't seen one child over the age of 2. There are alot of elderly people. We talked to our upstairs neighbor who fell in love with Mollie and said she would love to watch her during the day but #1 i don't trust her because she drinks alot and #2 she just had knee surgery and can barely come downstairs. Believe me though we are looking. Since we are not from the area we had to move to, how do you find trust in someone enough to either give them a key to our apt to have them let her in and out or give them our dog for the day. I've even asked the vet if there are dog walkers or doggy daycares and there are not anything in the area. They told me to try contacting this grooming on wheels and see if they know of anyone or could help and they don't either. I can't just leave her with someone we don't know or give someone we have no idea about access to our apt...it's a really bad situation.

Aug 04, 2011
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Boredom
by: Anonymous

What a horrid situation to be in. With the school holidays about I'm sure there are plenty of responsible older children who would love to take her out during the day to breakup her time alone. Try a local kennel, they maybe able to recommend someone. Good luck. She just needs time to adjust to the new surroundings, new routine and the fact her mate isnt there. Perserver

Aug 04, 2011
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response to the harsh comment
by: Hannah

Um excuse me but if you actually read the other comments you'd see that she gets walked about a 5 miles walk/run everynight! We own 12 acres where we are from and so we got her with NO intentions of moving but we have to for a year for a job. So i'm sorry that like Michelle said everyone doesn't have an extra 2 hours to walk her but i've talked to her vet who said that the walks she is getting should be enough exercise for her. She is NOT deprived of anything she gets tons of attention. Before you start judging people the way that comment was judging me maybe you should think about what you would do if you all of a sudden had to up and move somewhere temporary, would you really get rid of your beloved pet? We do not have children so she is like our child. She isn't going anywhere. We will only be in this living situation for a short while longer. We WILL make it work. I wouldn't have asked what we should do if i didn't care about my Mollie...

Aug 04, 2011
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Harsh Advice
by: Michele

To Anonymous - Wow, that was some harsh advice. This lady is doing everything she can to keep a happy dog. She loves her dog and is concerned for her, which is why she asked for some help.

It's very nice that you have 3 hours spare time every day to walk your dogs. Most people do not have that luxury due to having to work and take care of kids too.

I have two Springers. I don't have the time to walk them 3 hours every day, but they are still healthy happy dogs.

I think your post was quite judgemental and not at all helpful.

Aug 04, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Wow,I've just read your problem and I feel so sorry for your Springer.This is a dog who NEEDS exercise and stimulation and it sounds like shes getting neither.I have read your replies to other comments and you say that you don't have the time to walk her and it's difficult for you to get someone else to etc etc etc.As an owner of two of these lovely breed of dogs my advice to you is to get her re-homed.This may sound harsh but seriously...you just don't have the right lifestyle for her.You need a dog who is quite happy with a short walk a couple of times a day.I got my dogs knowing that I could meet their needs,we are out with them off leash in woods and the like for a minimum of 3 hours daily!!.If you love this dog as you say you do then give her the chance of a better life.

Jul 19, 2011
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Darn kennel
by: Hannah

Thank you. She is a good girl. My fiance has even suggested finding an older kid to pay to just walk her and get her out of that dumb kennel. People aren't all that friendly at our new apt though. So it's hard to meet people. She loves her kennel, really. I think she feels secure there. If i have to stomp my foot at her that's right where she goes, when she's not sleeping with us she's sleeping there. She takes her food in there, everything. She is usually sitting in her kennel when i wake up unless she is trying to hide because she ate something she knows she wasn't supposed to. Thanks for all your help!!

Jul 19, 2011
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Chewing
by: Michele

Springers are wonderful dogs. Your girl sounds like my younger Springer, Sadie. She is also very sensitive and usually well behaved. She really is such a sweetheart.

I hope you'll be able to get things on a smoother track soon. I know you're discouraged right now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed you can find someone trustworthy to walk her & pay a little attention to her during your absence. If I lived near you I'd invite you to leave her with my Springers during the day!


Jul 19, 2011
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My poor baby
by: Anonymous

Michelle, I feel terrible that she is so lonely. She is the BEST dog i've ever had. She is such a good girl. I know she is just running out of things to do at night. i have been making sure everything is put up so she can't get to anything besides her toys at night and still find random things she has gotten into. We don't punish her for it because i know it's not her fault. I stomp my foot at her and she knows she did something, she's very very sensitive. I didn't think to call the vet though and ask. That is a really good idea. She loves peanut butter so i'll try on of those Kongs. Thank you so much for your help. We really don't have time to split up her walks. We both work alot and we both work over an hour away from our jobs so it's hard to get more done in the mornings and so at night is the only time we've really got unfortunatly.

Jul 19, 2011
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Chewing
by: Michele

One treat my Springers love is a Kong. You can get them at any pet store. Fill it with crunchy peanut butter and that will keep her busy for a little while.

A 5 mile walk is great exercise and should be sufficient. If you were able to split her walk into two walks per day, say 2 1/2 miles each time that would help to break up some of her time. I know it can be challenging to do all the things we're responsible for doing and making sure our pets are doing well to.

You might try contacting a local vet or dog training club and see if you could get a reference for a dog walker. I don't think I'd be comfortable with the neighbor you described either!

I hope you'll be able to work things out. I know you probably feel bad for your pup and want to do what's best for her.

Jul 19, 2011
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Thanks everyone!
by: Anonymous

I usually take her on about a 5 mile walk every night when i get home. There is no doggie day care around and no dog walkers in the area either, i've checked into that. The apt we have though has alot of grassy areas that we let her off the leash to run on her own but she won't run, She literally sits on the ground next to me. I haven't tried the chew toys that have treats in them but that is a good idea. I've thought about another dog but that isn't an option. We are only living here for about a year and our pit/lab mix is staying where we are from so if we get another dog we end up with 3 when we move back home. We can't deal with that many dogs. We do have a neighbor that has offered to watch her but she is very different and I don't really trust her with my dog. As far as i know she is an alcohlic so that's out of the question also. And yes, i do know what the problem is and why she is acting this way, i'm not asking to be told. I need some help figuring out what else i can do to help her. We don't possibly have time to get her more exercise when we are home. Any ideas of things that can occupy her until we maybe even meet someone around our place that could take her out during the day? I appreciate all your input so far!! =)

Jul 19, 2011
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Stress related chewing
by: Anonymous

No dog should ever be left alone all day, and being cooped up in a kennel will only aggravate her feelings of frustration, isolation and lonliness. Her chewing and destructive behaviour is a direct result and symptom of a lack of space, exercise and company, human or canine and will only change if something her living enviroment changes. The chewing is an outlet for her stress and excess energy and can only be stopped or eased if the source of the stress is taken away. If you are unable to be with her during the day or allow her to run around out of the cage, she must be with a dog walker/sitter for at least part of the day. This will allow her to burn of her energy and spend time with other dogs and humans so she is not so lonely and this should ease the behaviour.

Jul 19, 2011
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Chewing ....Bored one yr old spaniel
by: Anonymous

I agree these are a working breed , and need more brain stimuli and LOADS of exercise. I don't know how long a "pretty long" walk is but i'm guessing fairly short really for their requirement. I have a and have had another too springer spaniel and i can be gone for 2-3hrs walking and PLAYING ball with my boy and different games at that to give him variety.that would be twice a day most days !!!A bone will be boring after say half an hour of chewing ,have u tried toys with treats stuffed in them so they have to work out how to get the treats out. And yeah they are pack animals and don't like being on their own .They do take up more time than most breeds :O(

Jul 19, 2011
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Chewing
by: Michele

You already know what the problem is....change can affect dogs the same way it affects people. She is reacting to the recent changes in her life. And as Anna said, she is bored. She's also lonely.

Try to find things to keep her busy. Lots of exercise will help her. Do you have a dog park or doggie day care close by? She is used to having another dog around and she misses him. Is it possible for you to have another dog, just not a pit mix?

I'm sure she'll adjust. I imagine the move was difficult for you too, but unlike your Springer you know and understand the reasons for it. I wish you the best of luck.

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