My 8 month old pup (best I can tell she's some kind of terrier/chiuaua mix with maybe some retriever thrown in) chews pretty much everything.

At this point I think she knows very well that some of the things she chews are off limits because when I catch her in the act she looks guilty.
Admittedly we haven't been working as hard as we should have on training her. She is also quite spoiled, receiving attention pretty much all day, so I would not be surprised if some of her chewing stems from anxiety or desire for attention.
My question is: do puppies grow out of this, or do I need to nip this behavior in the bud right now or it may continue indefinitely?
Puppy gizzard, please don't bother replying ... you know that I have read your manual and tried the techniques and they do not work. I'm sure you will say I didn't follow every instruction precisely enough, that perhaps I didn't hold the leash properly during the 'hot and cold' exercise or throw the can in the right spot.
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My question is: do puppies grow out of this, or do I need to nip this behavior in the bud right now or it may continue indefinitely?

They do grow out of it, but you should stop it, and not allow it
The entire behavior is not always outgrown if not trained properly. a puppy has to learn its limits.
amy
At this point I think she knows very well that some of the things she chews are off limits because when I catch her in the act she looks guilty.

No, she probably doesn't. She just knows that you are "catching" her in the act so therefore something must be wrong. She doesn't know specifically what it is.
She chews things because she can and she wants to. You need to train her to chew only on the things she is allowed to chew on and to leave the other things alone. She is more than old enough to do this. Usually, puppy biting and the insane amount of chewing will slack off when they lose their puppy teeth. Your dog is past that point so it is definitely time to nip this in the bud.
I assume that you have already puppy-proofed the house as much as possible. This means putting out of her reach anything that would be dangerous for her to chew. Or anything that you don't want to replace. You should assume that anything in the house will be considered a possible chew toy to a puppy. If your wedding photo album is down within reach of a puppy, put it away for a while. Get in the habit of NOT leaving your shoes by the door. If she shreds newspaper just for the sheer joy of the sound and feel of it, put it out of her reach. Limit the choices of what she can see to chew.

Now, make sure she has a selection of toys that she *is* allowed to chew. Make them different textures - some dogs like squishy, some like soft, some like hard and bumpy. (And this is not the time to include one of your old slippers that you don't care about anymore. She can't tell the difference from that one and the new pair.) When she starts to chew on something that is not one of her toys, distract her (give an uh-uh if necessary), take away the item and replace it with one of her allowed toys. Show her how much fun it is to chew on her own stuff.
Rinse, lather and repeat. Over and over. When she can't be supervised, do not leave her in an area that has anything she is not allowed to chew on. Crate, pen, gated in the kitchen - whatever works for you.

~~Judy
Rinse, lather and repeat.

Or even better - lather, rinse and repeat.
Man, I got to get me some better drugs.
~~Judy
Rinse, lather and repeat.

Or even better - lather, rinse and repeat. Man, I got to get me some better drugs.

nah. it helps to get the dog wet before adding the shampoo, so your way actually works better than the original. (i'm reminded of the Dufflepuds in the Chronicles of Narnia, who washed their dishes before using them.)

shelly
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(i'm reminded of the Dufflepuds in the Chronicles of Narnia, who washed their dishes before using them.)

The Dufflepuds sound a great deal like the average college student with a first apartment.
~~Judy
The Dufflepuds sound a great deal like the average college student with a first apartment.

they're not entirely unlike that, now that you mention it.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com /
(i'm
reminded of the Dufflepuds in the Chronicles of Narnia, who washed their dishes before using them.)

You say that like it is such a bad thing.
So, you're not supposed to wash dishes before using them?

Suja
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