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    My 16 month old male (Jasper) is teaching my 3 month old pup (Jed) bad habits I've lost 4 poor hedge plants out the front of my yard and my poor palm tree has had its top leaves chewed off. These poor plants were only about 30cm high and still growing. They've also pulled (or possibly from a gust of wind) a plant off the table outside and chewed it up and pulled it apart I'm at my wits end! What's worse, is Jasper knows he's done the wrong thing because he runs away from me when I pick up the pieces of the plants or the pot. I'd be extremely grateful for any ideas on how to stop this! I do have a besser block around the palm tree to stop them digging it up, and am planning on putting a chicken wire or shade cloth fence around the hedges, but I'd like not to have to be so paranoid and protective of every single plant I put in my yard - and there's going to be quite a few over time as there's nothing there except for those plants I've mentioned. I'd love to learn any training tips you guys have.
    The plant that they pulled apart was just starting to do really well and flower, and it's utterly disappointing to see so many of my plants (there've been 2 others previously that Jasper's chewed up or pulled out of the ground before I had Jed) destroyed. To add, they do this when I'm at work or when I'm asleep, so I can never catch them in the act. There's bones every where for them to play with, but I suppose it's not enough... I've thought to get toys, but Jasper has a history of chewing up and pulling apart anything I get him within less than a few hours. Before I had the pup, (which is only a few weeks now), Jasper never pulled out any of the hedge plants (although he had laid on two) or chewed them, so this is a relatively new thing for him. He's pulled out a plant at my friends house too whilst playing with their dogs

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    Welcome to my world.

    Its frustrating huh. I've had to go with hardier plants like Agave and cycads. No one likes chewing on prickles LOL and cycads are sharp buggers. No cactus spikey but spikey enough to cause discomfort. The Agaves are almost bulletproof. Instead of planting yound plants now i try to source larger specimens from places like Facebook classifieds etc....much cheaper than nurserys and sometimes even free.

    Frozen marrowbones keep my boys busy and the love to play tug-a-war with a thick piece of rope. Trying to keep them occupied gives the plants half a chance anyway.

    Empty plastic milk bottles with some dry food inside and lid screwed on can keep a destructive dog busy for a while too. Kongs are another similar idea although a lot dearer.

    In saying all the above my plants still cop a beating but some have managed to get big enough that the goofs leave them alone now. Good luck.


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    Welcome to my world.

    Its frustrating huh. I've had to go with hardier plants like Agave and cycads.
    I love cycads, but have read that they're really poisonous to dogs because of their seeds. Yeah, I would've gone with the more mature ones (as those that were most mature are actually still shooting towards the sky and doing really well despite the dogs) but the prices are a little too much. I planted 23 of those hedge plants, and am now down to about 19 Being on a tight budget sucks when the dogs keep destroying them. Apparently agave is pretty bad too? Is Agave Toxic to Dogs? | Home Guides | SF Gate If they eat it... Which I'm pretty sure is what mine will have a go at.

    Thank you for the advice though! Will keep my eyes peeled on Gumtree and Facebook for some cheap/free mature plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Welcome to my world.

    Its frustrating huh. I've had to go with hardier plants like Agave and cycads.
    I love cycads, but have read that they're really poisonous to dogs because of their seeds. Yeah, I would've gone with the more mature ones (as those that were most mature are actually still shooting towards the sky and doing really well despite the dogs) but the prices are a little too much. I planted 23 of those hedge plants, and am now down to about 19 Being on a tight budget sucks when the dogs keep destroying them. Apparently agave is pretty bad too? Is Agave Toxic to Dogs? | Home Guides | SF Gate If they eat it... Which I'm pretty sure is what mine will have a go at.

    Thank you for the advice though! Will keep my eyes peeled on Gumtree and Facebook for some cheap/free mature plants.

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    Thanks for the heads up on Agave. I had no idea. I'm lucky my boys haven't eaten any of it yet.


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    I've got a squillion plants in my yard that are poisonous to dogs or humans including the dreaded "angels' trumpet" (datura).

    Aloe vera is also supposed to be toxic, but it tastes HORRIBLE bitter extra bitter bitey cut off tongue bitter - even to my dog who likes some pretty horrible stuff.

    So most toxic plants are very bitter and bad tasting... and a puppy wouldn't eat much and certainly wouldn't go back for seconds.

    I think how I dealt with my puppy - there's plenty of long grass (oops) that she can eat and she does. And I have designated areas she can dig and others that I stop her from digging (the lawn).

    So I guess with the washing and with the garden - as a puppy she was always supervised and any trouble was headed off before she got from thinking it might be fun to actually finding out it is fun. Ie I took all the fun out of the idea as soon as I saw it forming. Usually with a water squirty bottle. She loves the hose but the squirty bottle - doesn't even have to be aimed at her, provided sufficient interruption / distraction for her to forget about the washing / digging.

    And she doesn't get to stay out in the garden when I'm not home - she stays in the house. When she was a puppy, it was in the house inside a crate. To limit the potential for destruction.

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