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Labs are notorious for this behavior! Unfortunately, it can become a serious problem due to obstruction of the bowel. First, and excuse my bluntness, but have you lacked off working her obedience and manner skills now that class is over? I say this because many owners do this and old behaviors start new again. Go back to the basics - even asking for simple obedience commands can gain your control back in a short time. Secondly, pure management. There isn't any magic wand to this one except removing her access to as much as possible. (closed bedroom doors, litter box under something she can't get into but the cats can, etc). Third is your discipline MUST be immediate - she won't learn anything if it's even 5 seconds after the fact so no use punishing in those situations. After your verbal discipline, REDIRECT her to what is acceptable to chew/play with.
I hope this helps!
Two things - dogs get a "kick" out of doing this because the owner pays so much attention to them (even if it's bad attention they can like it) You could try totally ignoring the behavior, and then walk away to the treat jar or something to redirect her attention.
Second thing - I find the pet owner that won't do what's right for the dog's behavior and manner's will either change their mind when something serious happens or blame it on something else that caused the problem. I guess time will tell huh? I do hope he is the one that has to deal with your troubled guests
"The dogs are easy to train - it's the people that are hard to train!"
Best of luck,
Only as an addition to the conversation for your husband...maybe a realization to the number of dogs I see dead every year from necrotic bowels from socks and pantyhose. People think if something gets stuck than we can cut it out...and that is true. BUT, like in the case of your dog...you are so used to her eating things that you will not know there is a problem until it is critical. If she does have surgery...you are looking around $800-$1200...and this always happens when money is the tightest.
Maybe a trip to your vet WITH your husband so that he can realize the seriousness of "his childs" problem.
It's actually not a bad idea to have a leash on him in the house - I suggest that with alot of my pet owners having problems with their dogs behavior. It's so critical that your timing of punishment and redirection/praise & reward is on that having a dog on the leash allows you to do this. I think it's also worth your while to see if a trainer/behaviorist in your area can make a housecall or think about classes again.
(Good advice from Dr V!)