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    Wink Boredom buster help

    I have a 6 month old Dalmatian pup, we are living with my grandma until i can find a house to rent, she owns a fox terrier, who Dallas loves. I take him for a 1 hour walk in the morning and 1 hour walk in the afternoon, i work 9-5 and am home for an hour for lunch. My problem is that when i'm not there he gets bored & destructive, pulls out plants occasionally or pulls washing off the line, anything he can reach he will grab and chew, even his own bedding. i dont understand why he is doing it he has a friend to play with and someone is always home.

    My grandma is fed up and i need to fix the prob asap. anyone got ideas.or a boredom buster??

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    Sounds like he gets plenty of physical exercise, but how about mental exercise? Have you done any trick training with him? Like fun stuff such as, roll over, shake hands, high five, hide the ball (you hide it and ask, where's your ball! and he has to go find it). I do this daily with my 10month old staffy pup for 10 minutes minimum, plus he gets at least a 45 minute walk each day and an 1hr at least of backyard play time.... Anything from fetch, to jumping very low hurdels so as not to damage his growing bones/joints, going over his A frame, playing soccer, he also has a bike tire that hangs off a rope (Touching the ground at this age so as not to have them jumping to high for it and again causing long term damage to the joints)

    check out How To Love Your Dog - How To Do The Tricks!. Lots of good fun tricks

    You get get a range of products from aussie dog that re good bordom busters, like the at home hanging ball or bungie chook Aussie Dog - Animal enrichment products, Enriching the lives of animals all over the world but you can make your own type of versions very easily

    Kongs are also good bordom busters, as are everlast treat balls and alike

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    Smile boredom buster

    thanks you for that information, i knew he was lacking something never even considered mental exercise. sites were very useful. Thanks again.

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    No worries. I find with my staffy mental exercise is SOO important and he loves it, more than going for a walk. If he doesnt get his 10 minutes of trick training time he is a terror at night and wont settle.

    I also play which hand, show him you have a treat and put your both your hands in front of you in fists. He will try to get the treat with his mouth but tell him No, which hand and get him to paw the hand the treat is in. even slightly paw movement deserves the reward at first, then move onto he must actually touch the correct hand (The one with the treat) with his paw. Then you can move your hands around to be behind your back eventually and he can learn to paw up left or right for which hand. A similar game can be done with coloured bowls/cups, treat under bowl, has to paw which one, then once he gets that, you can start moving/shuffeling the bowls before asking him which one. It makes them think, what do i have to do to get this treat! Great for the mind

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    Hi Jackie07,

    When you walk your boy try some sits and drops throughout your walk, as he will be stimulated mentaly as well.

    Regarding washing on the line it can be tricky as it is a self rewarding behaviour.
    Ie He jumps to get the washing and is rewarded when he gets it.

    Try using set washing days when he is fully supervised, occupied, contained (or a combo of all three ) away from the line. Say two or three days per week.

    Have you tried Kongs? they are great stimulation. Stuff some food in there, chicken necks/dry/apple/cottage cheese/peanut butter etc it will keep him entertained for ages.

    Clam shells are also great, fill one with water and the other with sand. Hide some treats, toys etc in there so he can find them.

    Puppy school will be of enormous benefit so get into that!

    Look into desexing him, he is a good age for that now and it will help settle him down. Lastly remember he is only a baby, and he is simply doing what puppies do! normal puppy behaviour and antics!

    Good luck, and let us know how you go!~

    B

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    I have bought a kong and a ball which dallas really enjoys, and has helped the boredom alot, with the washing on the line, he isnt doing it as often which is great and i have caught him in the act a few times now and gave him a big NO which has helped i think.

    At the moment im trying to find a group or something i can join but no luck yet. We need more dog things on the sunshine coast. I had a personal trainer for a few weeks which was expensive but really helped.

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    Give him a coconut! with the husk still on it it might help the bordum/destruction,most dogs love to shred the husk, knock it around for hours, it's sloshy inside and tuff, generally a good toy for a dog over all!

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