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Anyone have a dog who pushes their toys under furniture and then cannot get them back out so they start chewing on the furniture? Any suggestions on how to stop this? I’ve tried spraying with bitter apple but it does not deter her. She does this over and over again, even if she loses her toy because of it.

thanks for any help!

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yes
 

Sounds like she is training you to participate in her game: “if I push my toy under furniture she will interact with me and get my toy”.

 

Got to love smart dogs 

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Try putting some rolled up towels or blankets under the furniture. Use something to block the 'disappearing toys' so she doesn't have to dig for it - IF that is the cause of her chewing the furniture.

As for bitter apple: it doesn't work for all dogs. One of my dogs started to chew on the stair banisters when younger. After spraying with bitter apple, he would lick it. He thought it was tasty.

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Yes, I thought it might be her way of getting me to interact with her toy. I’ve tried blocking everything off but she just moves to the next piece of furniture. It’s like she just prefers to push her toys under things! In the last minute, she has shoved her toy underneath three different pieces of furniture but thankfully has not gotten it stuck yet. I only intervene when she begins chewing on the furniture.
The chewing is only when she can’t reach the toy and she is struggling to get it out again. 
 

should I just ignore it and see if it is the interaction that she is looking for? I have to interrupt the chewing but I can leave the toy hidden?

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If she pushes the toy under another piece of furniture, then block that off too. Another option: get toy(s) too big to fit underneath furniture.

In my household, toys are not left out. I only allow them to play with toys under direct supervision - i.e. I am personally interacting with the dog and the toy.

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Can you try giving her something she can bury it under? 

My boy, Val when he is super bored thinks it’s great fun to bury a toy under a blanket and then having to solve how to get the toy unburied. He loves the joys of having to solve the problem. 

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Either block off every piece of furniture that she can push a toy under or else keep the toys away from her unless you are supervising her and playing with her with the toys. She has made this into a game and trained you to play it. So, if you don't like the game it is up to you to change it. I think giving her a blanket to bury the toys under is a great idea. How about blocking off all the furniture (go to the Goodwill, buy old blankets or towels, use them to stuff under the furniture) and then give her a blanket, an empty cardboard box, whatever, to hide her toy under. Eventually she may grow out of it and you won't have to keep blankets stuffed under the furniture all the time.

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Definitely block off furniture. You might try hiding the toy in another room and reinforcing for finding the toy and bringing it to you. Then you hide it again. You'd need to train a solid fetch first, of course. Finding games are a lot of fun and work off some energy in a good way. If there are nose work classes available to you, check those out as well.

Ruth & Gibbs

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Hide-and-seek is a great game for dogs. I used to play it daily with one of my border collies. the reward for finding it was a few throws for him to fetch, then I hid it again. He really loved that game.

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Thanks for the help, everyone! I’m going to try to take up all the toys unless we are playing and also teach her to find. We’ve been working on scent training and adding toys in should add some fun in for her! 
I also tried the blanket trick but she ended up chewing on the blanket trying to get it out. I’m not sure what her fascination with putting toys underneath things is about! She may be getting bored so I will up her training time and see if that does the trick.

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