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    I have a bit of a reoccurring problem with my 11 month old American bulldog at the moment- pulling clothes off the line and making a nice mess of them. I realize the cause is most probably boredom but I don't know how to solve it other than giving him exercise and other things to play with. He only does it when I put things on the line then leave for work or to run errands - something I have to do! We have a rope swing on a nearby tree and a yard full of chew toys and balls, as well as another dog for him to play with.

    Laundry is my most hated chore and I'm damn sick of doing it twice over- especially as my husband is a chef and those white jackets are particularly hard to clean after they've been rubbed into the grass and dirt. Any ideas how to stop it? I've obviously tried big booming 'no's but other than that I have no idea how to handle it.

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    Suggestions I have tried in the past are old patyhose sprinkled with tabasco, or water balloons filled with water hanging so when they pop they wet her. I used to lose garments from the line that i had to throw out because they were ripped beyond repair. I finally realised that Attila was less active during the hotter part of the day, so he was less inclined to jump up, but I had the clothes off before it started to cool down in the later arvo. Oskar hasn't begun this bad habit yet. I hope you find a solution soon, because it's certainly not fun

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    I never ever gave my dog the chance to do this, and now it doesn't seem to occur to her, unless I hang a tug toy or lead on the line. And if I see her looking at anything on the line - I block her immediately and get her attention on me.

    She did eat a lot of pegs and would also steal stuff out of the baskets but not off the line.

    I'm thinking pillow slips with mothballs in, or vics vapour rub and just preventing her opportunity do get at the washing. If you're home - keep her on lead while it's out, if you are out - hang the washing where the dog does not have access.

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    I had a dog that would drag things from inside out onto the lawn when I left her alone at night. And they were always the things that I had touched last before I left! It really looked as if she was taking out her frustration at me leaving on those things.

    I know it's hard to coordinate - and I too absolutely loath doing the washing - but you might want to try if hanging up the clothes when you get back instead of just before you leave makes a difference? And then play a game with a ball or tug toy just before you leave so he might associate the toy with you leaving and concentrate on that while you are out. I could be completely off track here though.

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    Be very careful of mothballs, they can kill a dog.......But the smelly, not do nice stuff idea is good.
    Or fence the washing line off from the dog.
    Or have lots of even more fun stuff to play with. Once started though it is hard to stop and you may just have to keep washing and naughty dog apart.
    Pets are forever

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    Best option if fencing off the area until your dog grows out of it. My now 4 yo dog was a washing line raider when she was younger, we ended up blocking her access to the area where the line was. Now she just no longer does it, older and wiser.

    Your dogs don't do things to spite you BTW they are dogs not people. Beloz your dog takes those things because it has your smell on it, your dog destroys them because dogs chew and pull and throw things around for fun not because she is taking it out on the item.

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    My dog used to do this all the time when she was younger. I tried the balloons and pepper and yucky tasting stuff but she was super persistant... So what I found to work (its pretty gross) was to get some old rags (from salvos or whatever) and soak them in water which had her dog poo in it (yes I said it was gross) and then hang them on the line...

    Or you could just fill plastic bags with dog poo and hang them at a tempting level.

    I know its disgusting but it worked and she doesnt even look at the clothes anymore!! I also put her poo in any holes she starts to dig and she instantly stops.

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    Haha something tells me my boy wouldn't be deterred by poo.. he is one of those dogs that eats any and everything he finds in the yard including my other dog's offerings. I think it could be a separation thing as he hasn't done it when I've been home, and that makes me sad because we both work full time and unfortunately he does have to spend days alone (with our other dog). I think I'll just have to resist doing the washing before running errands and what not on my days off which is a pain in the butt. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    K&P, I wasn't suggesting my dog did it to spite me. But I do believe she did it out of frustration about being left alone. She didn't chew any of the stuff. Just dragged it outside and left it there. Really funny to come home and discover what was out there. She once dragged this massive heavy book on native plants out of the flat and onto the lawn because I'd been browsing through it just before I left.

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