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Thread: So Cranky with Boof N Lilly....... We Wrecked the Spa!

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    OMG

    I was gone for not quite 2 hours and they trashed the spa cover!

    Ok so paint picture......... Up at 6.15am for a one hour walk/run. Home to breakfast of a chicken carcass each. I headed off to work 7.45am, the OH went to town. He got home at 9.45am. He pottered around inside for a while then went outside, did a little training and playing with the pooches. Left home again around 11.30am, from which he came to visit me at work then headed out of town to work himself. I got home from work about 3.30pm, so they were alone for around 4 hours then. Everything was in order no dramas. I did a bit inside for 20 minutes then outside for a run around for half an hour, then did some training, then had a game, then gave them some chicken mince each. Bout 5pm I had to head back to work, I was gone til about 7pm, got home and they had destroyed the cover, as I come through the door from the garage I could see them at it on the patio.

    So.... I scolded them very harshly verbly and smacked each on the snout. Then the neighbour popped over as he keeps a very close eye on them for us and heard me scold them so asked what they'd done. I showed him and he was mortified, I think more so because he hadn't heard them to stop them sooner. While I was talking to him Lilly went and layed on it and started chewing at it again, so I picked a piece up and wacked her on the nose with it, again scolding no verbally.

    They new very well they were wrong. I don't like 'smacking' etc, unless it's a correction in the act which thankfully i cought them this time.

    They had toys, they had been run around, they had been trained, they had been good all day.... so now I don't understand....... what were they thinking.

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    I can tell you right now that smacking them around on the nose is not going to help at all.

    Dog's noses are one of the most sensitive parts of their bodies. Very painful and completely unnecessary.

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    Smacking on the nose worked for us.. Boss doesn't chew shoes anymore or toliet rolls.
    It works for some dogs and doesn't for anothers.. For example skip we just have to raise our voice and she knows she is in trouble

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    Yep they know the raised voice means trouble, but I believe the 'correction' should fit the 'crime'. They were caught destroying something that they had NO REASON to be destroying.

    The reason for the snout..... that's where a mother will 'nip' her pups to teach them what they are doing is wrong. I find it interesting though JJames that you say it is unnecessary and won't help, but you offer no alternative. Just out of curiosity, what would you have done in the same situation?

    We have also had success with the snout, so it seems it works. I don't need to hit them hard at all for it to have an impact, nor does it hurt, they don't yelp or cower, it's just enough for them to realise it's 'really wrong'! I don't believe it inflicts any extreme pain otherwise they would react accordingly.

    Yes Peta I also believe different things work for different dogs, thus far they have not been back near the spa, we'll see how things go from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby-001 View Post
    The reason for the snout..... that's where a mother will 'nip' her pups to teach them what they are doing is wrong. I find it interesting though JJames that you say it is unnecessary and won't help, but you offer no alternative. Just out of curiosity, what would you have done in the same situation?
    You didn't ask for advice, help or alternatives but chose to write about hitting your dogs as punishment.

    Hell would freeze over before I ever hit one of my dogs as punishment. If I ever caught my dogs in the act of destruction I'd yell for sure, probably chuck them outside for a while but I'd never hit them.

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    Arg naughty puppies. My doggie did the exact same thing. Lots of food, exercise and attention and he still chewed the edges of the spa cover. We have had almost 2 years now of non destructive behaviour until today - when I caught him and his sidekick digging under the pavers. I too used to smack on the nose and after a couple of NOs he'd get the picture. Now I just clap once really loud and say 'OI' in a gruff voice and he'll skulk away. If I see him heading for trouble, without saying anything, I click my fingers and point away to redirect him. I've never understood why he used to do those things after so much attention and exercise.

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    Hey KarlBarl, clearly we aren't the only ones huh?

    At the moment they are only 12.5 months and 5.5 months so they are both still pups. I'm looking forward to the 'curious' and 'destructive' phase to pass. But really we have been lucky, the spa cover is the only thing of value to go!

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    AND they finished it off while Dad was out this arve!! Naughty lil pooches.

    OH is not so understanding of them being pups etc and thinks they should just 'know' not to do it, it's a mission managing them and him, LOL!

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