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    My rather large 18 week old puppy can reach the clothes on the line even at it's highest, He ate a perfectly good sleeping bag yesterday I would have sworn he could not reach. I have tried filling baloons with water and hanging them on the line to "deter" him. What a great game, by the time I got to hanging the fourth one he burst it all over me, so any ideas other than standing guard over the washing till it dries?

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    I would try something other than water in the balloons, vinegar would stink and deter him more than water would.

    You could also try finding some thing he doesn't like the feel of in his mouth, bubble wrap, tin foil etc, something he hates and hang that on the line or pin it to the washing.

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    I used to take a pump up water pistol out with me when I hung the washing and if my dog ever gave the washing "that look" I did a squirt between her and the washing. She's all good now, and she's never had the chance to find out how much fun pulling washing off the line is. Ie she never practiced it as a puppy, and doesn't consider it now. But I don't leave her outside alone with it often.

    And when I do leave her alone in the backyard she pretty much sleeps the entire time.

    My dog also loves balloons and water. She doesn't like rattly tin cans so maybe that would work on your dog ie hang some tin cans by string on the line - with little cans inside big ones so if he leaves them alone they're quiet and if he pulls on them or anything else on the line they're noisy.

    I'm also thinking balloons of air that go bang when they burst might be more effective but I know several dogs that enjoy bursting them.

    There is no way I could hang anything on the line so my dog couldn't reach unless I put the clothes line out the front of the house - which is not a good look in my opinion.

    Last resort, keep him inside or crated while the washing is drying.

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    mine no longer rip it off anymore (touching wood) but they do chew the corners of sheets and towels if they are tempting enough. tried water balloons, tried water pistol (now harley loves playing that) then tried a squirt with hose (even funner than water pistol) now i just hang the long things over several of the clothes line wires and pin up corners. also hang a old ratty towel that they have already dragged all over yard low enough so that is the one that they get.

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    I not only put my line up as high as it will go, but I also pretty much fold the washing right over the line so its in half almost lol. I have got some pretty creative hanging techniques for big things like towels and sheets so that nothing is hanging within reach.

    BBarney went through a phase of washing pulling and I had to pretty much spy on him so I oculd catch him all the time to stop him.

    Then, we thought Pippi was doing it, be shes so small she wouldnt be able to reach (even jumping - shes lucky to get a cm off the ground) so Barney must have gone through a phase of pulling it off for her so I just stared my creative technique and they dont even bother trying now so I can leave stuff hanging down the odd time and they will elave it.

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    I once had a German Shepherd who didn't pull the washing off the line, she systimetamically went along and chewed everything off at the same length. I had half length pyjamas, half length towels. Just anything she could reach. I gave up, and only washed when I was home, and she was in the house. She was only nine months old at the time. She grew out of it, and proved herself to be a wonderful dog for the rest of her life.

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    Good idea, worth a try, I've sprayed rags with capsicum spray this week and he's still pulling them down.

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    Thanks Everyone. Great Ideas. But I must admit the bits that give me the most hope for the future are the ones that say their dog has grown out of it.

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    My older girl did it back in the day. She has also grown out of it now. But I cannot tell you the amount of times I went out and there is my clean washing in the dirt or chewed up.

    Have you tried giving your dog something to keep it occupied, ie: treat ball, stuffed kong so it isn't going for the washing.

    Lest resort can you fence of the area where the clothes line is? Our clothes line was around the other side of the house to the main yard area and the walk around was just a small space between the fence so we blocked it off so she couldn't get around that side of the house anymore.

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    I tried using chilli rubbed along my kitchen benches to stop my dog from "counter surfing". Did not work. She quite likes chilli now.

    She's never aquired the taste (or sniff) for vicks vapour rub or crashing tin cans though.

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