Border Collie Chewing Issues

All puppies chew on things they are not supposed to. I think it is safe to assume that much is certain. My experience with our Border Collie puppy taught me that this breed is no exception. In fact our Border Collie chewing issues seemed to involve everything in house, including our fingers. His favorite targets were shoes, of course, and more specifically flip-flops. Living down on the Southeastern coast we probably have far more of these than most folks. The one good thing about puppies and flip-flops is that the flip-flops are cheap! We needed to take corrective action very quickly after bringing Ned home to fix the chewing issue.

There were two major points that we needed to fix with his chewing. The first was his desire to chew on our fingers and toes which is the subject for another article on bite inhibition. The second and more expensive issue was his need to chew on furniture, shoes, books, cigarette packs (I’ve since quit), tissues, his leash, rugs, one very expensive pair of high heels, purses, a nail polish bottle (that was a scary one) and just about everything else you can imagine. The interesting thing was, especially as a puppy, he was very rarely left alone and never in an unsafe or uncontrolled environment. When we got our Border Collie puppy we had just been married, and had no kids yet, so you can imagine that he was the center of our attention! Anyway, he would be sleeping in a corner while we made dinner, for example, and not 1 minute later he was up and had torn a book to shreds…not 10 feet away from us!

Enter the Kong Chew Toy. If you have not heard of these things they are, in my humble opinion, just about the best puppy chewing aid ever invented. Made of an almost indestructible hard rubber these are generally in the shape of a hollow cone with a tiny hole on one end and a larger hole on the other. The idea is to pack the Kong with treats or kibble and the dog has to work and chew at it to get the food out. They come in all sizes including really small ones specifically for small dogs and/or puppies.

Our trick to packing these things was as follows. Take one really good smelly treat, like a liver treat, and put it all the way at the bottom. Fill the majority of it with puppy kibble and then wedge a larger treat, like a bone cookie, in at the top. Once our Border Collie got a hold of this he was set for a long time. As a very young puppy he would chew on that thing until he fell asleep. When he woke up he would go straight to the Kong to chew rather than a book or a flip-flop. Some people have suggested using peanut butter as a packing material and I can see that this would be great. Our Border Collie, unfortunately, seems to have a rather unpleasant reaction to peanut butter so we just used the kibble and treat combination.

Once we started using these chewing aids our life around the house was much better. Very few times after did our dog chew on something he was not supposed to, our flip-flop collection was safe and, thankfully, we lost no more expensive high heels! Check your local pet store or click here to learn more about them.

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  1. Dina says

    My Border Collie Bishop didn’t have a thing for shoes (after he ate his first pair, he left them alone. And by ate, I really do mean ATE…I think him having to pass the bits deterred him from wanting a repeat.) He has a real love for socks though…new socks, old socks, clean socks, dirty socks, he will eat them all. And again, I mean EAT them. We have to make sure all socks are put in proper places, or expect to find them in bits or not at all until it’s time to clean up his piles. We have also had a time or two when he vomited up almost an entire sock, and so we put an end to it by hiding them. We can’t seem to get him to stop with the socks, so we just take them away.

  2. says

    Hi, I was wondering if you know of anything similar to a kong toy, but STRONGER! My border collie ate his. totally shredded it. I didnt think that was possible till I saw it…

    Also, to the poster above me: did you ever find a way to get your dog to stop EATING things? we have the same problem… Its one thing to chew on stuff… another entirely to EAT things….

  3. says

    Stronger than a Kong…wow…not sure. Maybe try to find an old lawn tractor tire? We did get a a super tough Nyla-Bone at one point that was really good. Not sure what the exact name of it was but it lasted a really long time with tons chew time on it.

  4. Sheryl Flogdell says

    Our Border Collie Saffron ia a year old now, we have had her from a puppy, she is our second border Collie we were broken hearted two Christmas`s ago when we lost Jasper our 10 year old beloved red and white. He was such a fantastic dog we decided Collie was the dogs for us. My little cute blue and brown merle Saffron has eaten chewed nibbled
    : two dining room chair legs, five end boards in my kitchen, a doorframe, a tile out of the wall, a brick out of the wall outside, two dog beds, a reclining sofa (foot end) wooden flooring in our living room, and probably things i`ve forgotten about! She constantly has toys rawhide chews lots of attention, company most of the day, runs out everyday, runs out to the yard to do my horse every morning. I play with her alot, tricks, toys, we joke she is a crocodile in disguise! Tried Kong toys she destroyed it completely!any hints anyone before I pull the rest of my hair out!! We do love her though she is such a little character.

  5. says

    try a cow bone…stronger than kong, and keeps the teeth white. We adopted a little mess at the APL and think she is mostly border collie based on her behavior. She was sick, had lost her hair, had worms, and tons of allergies. Her former owner wanted to put her down for chewing on furniture and woodwork. I had never met a dog like her – completely out of control at first. I had to be very firm with her and a bit of a control freak. The turning point was the day that I told her to wait while I walked through the door threshold. When we walk, I use a shock collar buzzer(not the shock) to remind her if she ignores my commands. Once I asserted my authority with her, the bad behavior went away and she is happy to please. High energy, yes. Funny little activities (like serious fly hunting while outside), yes. Wonderful entertaining pet, absolutely!

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