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      7 month old; chewing and humping

      Hi all,

      mostly looking for a sanity check... our 7 month old is starting to get humpy a couple time a day. Most once or twice in the AM and PM. Not bad, not nearly as bad as his older bro who humped EVERYTHING. Kona (7 month old) still has his goods. I read that this is not always a reason for the humping, just wanted to make sure???

      the chewing...so we are down to only rubber toys. everything else has been killed and removed. kona has eaten chunks of the black kong off.. WE have some west paw toys that are still whole for now. He has some real antlers, but seems less interested in these. He like Likes them, but prefers to destroy the toys.

      Any suggestions on good chew toys besides kong and west paw? nothing made of rope or material will last more than 5 minutes. Not a fan of raw hides. I have forgotten - how long can we expect this chewing madness? our older guy is completely over it.

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      dogs hump for a variety of reasons. Excitement, cuz it's fun, cuz they see other dogs do it...dominance (not seen very often)

      I'd rotate those chews. put most away, leave 2-3 out. Then every few days take some of those hidden toys out and put one of the 2-3 away. keeps toys more interesting. not much is completely "chew proof".

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      Can’t help with the chewing, but Sassy humps her sister and mother when she gets excited ... and she’s never had “those” bits.
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      For humping, redirect. Sounds like maybe it's part of having some excess excitement or energy to burn. If you redirect, it's less likely to become a habit. Maybe when he does it throw a ball or something, but be consistent, and when he needs to "let it out" he might search for the ball and bring it to you to throw.

      Chewing is normal. There are some animal horns also that might work. Sometimes you can boil and antler a bit to get the smell more enticing. You can do the Kongs with frozen food inside and take it away when he's gotten it out. Raw knuckle bones are also good, but not every single day.

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      Agree with Labradorks. I give a stern "no hump" then redirect with Brooks who is almost 9 months old and going through a bit of a teenage phase. As for the chewing, Labs chew. I have yet to find anything that's Lab proof, and I rotate toys as recommended by Tanya.

      Over the years my worst humpers have been the girls. One of my neighbors in England asked me when we were having puppies. I told her we weren't having puppies. She said I saw the black one humping the crap out of the yellow one, so I figured you'd be having puppies. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her they were both girls!

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      thanks for all this input. very helpful!

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      Agree with all the above. Our vet who is a lab person, has no problem with a supervised amount of rawhide and i must say has been a lifesaver. Very large knotted bones only while i can watch. Definitely takes the edge off. Antlers and boiled bones have been issues for us as two of my labs have fractured molars chewing on them so none in our house.

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      My guy was neutered and still humped everything. Furniture, dogs, anything fuzzy. You name it.

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      We tried the "no humping" and that only worked while I was present. The second I walked away he was at it again. I actually bought this and it helped for a bit.
      https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-ScatM.../dp/B0007NTBJ6

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      My boy started humping blankets and dirty laundry lying on the floor at a mere 9 weeks old. I bought him a big teddy bear, bigger than him at the time, and encouraged him to hump it. He is now 9 years old and has never humped anything other than Poppa Bear, not other dogs, furniture or people's legs. Humping is not as frequent as when he was 7 months but Poppa does still get a workout after a good meal or a good walk. We don't mind him humping and we can hide Poppa if company comes. If you do mind you can still try this method and then fade the big, soft toy.

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