Just over 3 months ago my boy Nelson was put to sleep. He was my everything and I am lost without him. I am lucky to have a new puppy in my life. Like Nelson, she was a stray found as a young puppy - poodle terrier cross breed. Of course she is no replacement for Nelson and tis is not what I was looking for. I just wanted to give another dog lots of love and a great home. Of course they are 2 very dofferent personalities and of course I am biased towards my Nelson because he was so dear to me, but I have had my new girl Bella almost a month and I think we are doing quite well. However, as a puppy I remember Nelson used to dig in the garden, but other than that he stuck exclusively to his own toys and chews (of which he had a million which were rotated around, as with Bella) and never even tried to play with any human item. I always thought he was exceptional in a thousand ways, but this is one thing which does stick out. As a result of this behaviour and the fact that he was toilet trained within a few days, Nelson always had the run of the house. We were never out more than 3-4 hours and when we'd come home he had often buried his toys in the couch etc, or upstairs in our bedrooms. I liked knowing he could amuse himself while we were away. In contrast, Bella picks up anything she can find. When I am home she has the runof the house and responds to LEAVE it so we have no issues. When we are out (no more than 2hours at this point) she is confined to our kitchen and living room area, which I hate doing. This is the only area of the house that is puppy proofed though, for her own safety and for the sake of our belongings. I am hoping when she grows up and fininshes teething that she can have the run of the house too, but I am worried she may never outgrow this. The only reason we havnt had any damage in the house is because when she is not suprevised and is in an area where she can only access all her toys and her basket, and the couch whcih has fortunately so far been kleft alone. I have to put the curtains up though when we leave as I do not trust her. All this said, my main worry is her obsession with plants. this cannot even be controlled when I am there. SHe goes crazy. She not only chews the plant but actually eats the wood near the base. I never leave her outisde for more than minute or 2 so I can prevent her from eating most of what she bites off, but I know she actually eats it cos I see pieces in her mouth which she swallows if you do not remove them. As a result, she can't enjoy our garden as I am alwyas there telling her off and trying to divert her attention to a suitable toy. So my questions are...how different have different dogs you have owned been as puppies as far as chewing goes? Do most dogs outgrow this behaviour? And is there an explanation for an intense passion for plants??