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    Default There Goes My Fiji Fence

    Hi all,

    ive got a lab cross 9 months of age who is quite bratty these days, he was the perfect pup until he hit puberty, typical aye?

    Anyway, he enjoys chewing on my fiji/wicker fencing ive got around the backyard perimiter, and now im left with big patches of holes in the fence. ive tried spraying the bitter spray on it, as well as that animal rid stuff you can buy at bunnings onto the fence, but with no avail. Ive also used bones, toys and kong filled with treats to try keep him deterred. none really work too great, as he always comes back to the fence.

    he gets plenty of exercise too, 2 x half hour runs (about 5km) almost daily with me. if he gets tired, he sleeps it off, and then hes back to his old tricks

    Any suggestions on how i can go about stopping him from doing this??
    short of smearing his poo on it to stop him from eating it? haha

    Thanks!

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    Try a lemon juice and water spray around the area every couple of days.
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    Hi Tixx,

    A lab means he has a few more year of puppyhood? I heard about labs from my partner but never had one.
    I used to know a couple who had malamute and gsd x. They built a electric fence as they were renting at that time. Not a single incident happened.
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    Sounds familiar, I have a 9 month old golden retriever who has eaten my brushwood screening! No amount of toys, bones, kongs, walks seem to distract him enough.... as I keep reminding myself, he is just a puppy!!

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    Well, you should put your dogs in your house, then repair the fence.
    Try using a harder type of wood so that they wont break it so easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XxDawgn3ssxX View Post
    Well, you should put your dogs in your house, then repair the fence.
    Try using a harder type of wood so that they wont break it so easily.
    Well, I don't think a harder type of wood patching over holes will look as pretty as all fiji fencing. So it would be nice to think of ways to keep it safe from chomping puppy.

    I'd spray it with a dilute solution (eg 3 drops per litre) of eucalyptus oil or tee tree oil and water. Cos that stuff pongs and tastes very bitter...

    There is also stuff you can get from equestrian supplies called "crib stop" which might stop the chewing.

    I can vouch for certain dogs acquiring a taste for chilli - so stuff based on that might not be very effective long term.

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    Speaking of 'crib stop', curry powder is also an option.
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    Some few good replies in there guys and gals. Much appreciated.

    I will definitley try a few of those suggestions, starting with the lemon one and go from there.

    Wish me luck!

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    I second crib stop.

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    whilst its rather gross, dont dismiss smearing the dog feaces on the fence.
    Very effective!
    i put my dogs mess in holes he's dug. He doesnt dig there anymore.

    How i taught him not to go nuts for the hose, was by accidentally spraying off dog mess from my shoe sole, he went to play with the spray, got covered in flecks of his own mess. Not so keen on the hose now is he!

    Dog mess, loses its detectable aroma to us, fast, but the dogs can smell it for ages.

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