Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dogs - General Dog Chat

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-18-2004, 02:38 PM
lavenderlady5 lavenderlady5 is offline
3 Big Dogs
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 21
Default His paw is a chew toy!

One of our dogs Licore, chews on his paw. He is 6 years old. He chews on the same paw each time. He treats it like a chew toy. You can hear him across the room. We have had the paw looked at by the vet and x rayed. Nothing. If you try to pull him off of it he just goes right back to crunching. The only thing that seems to help is putting a sock on it. Then it is like taking away a chew toy. Out of sight, out of mind. Any ideas??? LL
Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-2004, 05:29 PM
Renee750il's Avatar
Renee750il Renee750il is offline
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Where the selas blooms
Posts: 94,266

That's usually a nervous trait, like biting your fingernails, and you know how hard it can be for someone to stop doing that! Try putting bitter apple on it and giving him a good bone to chew on instead.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. ~Buddha

Stupid is the most notoriously incurable and contagious disease known to mankind. If you find yourself in close proximity to someone infected with stupid, walk away as soon as said infection is noted.

There are few things more nauseating than pure obedience. ~ Kvothe

***8206;"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Be a god. Know when to shut up.

Good Kharma Tags
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2004, 01:15 AM
emc emc is offline
Show Dog
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 233

Renee is right, it is a nervous thing.
My Chihuahua does the same thing. I try putting a bandaid on it and she just goes and chews on another paw. It's really frustrating because I can't get her to stop.

Poochie Mugs
Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2004, 12:47 PM
Denaluvscorgis's Avatar
Denaluvscorgis Denaluvscorgis is offline
Corgi bum
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portland,Oregon
Posts: 11,559

I would also agree that maybe putting the sour apple on the paw might detour the chewing. I used to bite my fingernails, and it is a terrible habit to break. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2004, 08:27 PM
olbrent olbrent is offline
Active Pup
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 23

If you do not have chemicals applied to the carpets which can cause discomfort,or other situation similar to this,what you have here is truly obsessive compulsive behavior! I am no expert on it but have seen many dogs suffer from it. I had a pest control customer who had a shephard that literaly lick the skin off both front paws! If my memory seves me right, the dog was put on some form of anti anxiety drug and the owner was instructed to find more ways to occupy the dogs time, walking, toys and tasks like fetch items etc. I persoally would try the time thing before the drugs, but that is just me. Maybe start teaching a trick when you notice the chewing and the distraction may be enough. My expertise is not here and I want you to know this! But I always try to find alternatives to meds.Just trying to help, Brent
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2004, 10:44 AM
Kathy74's Avatar
Kathy74 Kathy74 is offline
Big Dog
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 161

Jersey does the exact same thing with her back left paw. She gets it so far in, we laugh, sometimes and she just looks at us like, "What's so funny?!" We keep a close eye on it, but she doesn't chew it very hard. I think it's a comfort thing for her, like thumb-sucking. If it goes on for too long, we'll tell her to stop chewing, and she usually falls right to sleep!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2004, 09:10 PM
olbrent olbrent is offline
Active Pup
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 23

To all the owners of dogs with this behavior. Does the dog have tasks or "tricks" that are enjoyable? If so, try distracting the dog on a regular basis by getting the dog to concentrate on a task, it may not cure the problem but may help to allow the feet to dry etc. I would rather feel it were boredom than a psychological issue, just my feelings. I would like to think it could be fixed without drugs but if not ,let the doggy shrink fix it. Good luck to you all with this problem. Brent
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:03 PM.

1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site