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    So far thanks so very much to Oskar's mum and Pawfectionist I do feel a bit more positive and your comments have really helped me think straight
    as I have been in a very upset state lately............ Pawfectionist he doesnt have his own bed upstairs he sleps on the lounge which I cover up
    so he doesnt dirty it............ But really I guess his own bed would be bettter.......... only thing is that he has ripped up 5 of them..

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    Oskar's mum........... what a fantastic idea the drink bottles with treats inside........ he loves to bite the bottles
    so treats inside would make it more interesting........ thankyou....
    A GYM Ball would be great......... I will get him one.......thankyou so much for your help.. : )

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    Toni, I just hope you get this little issue sorted. It would be a shame to give your staffy up, over something that can be fixed. Oskar pretty much sleeps under our bed, under the kids bunks, or even on one of the kids fold out little lounges. You don;t have to spend a fortune on a special bed, have you got an old blanket that you can put in the corner of a room or something?

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    Milk bottles are good too, anything plastic, just screw the lids on super tight, the only thing is that you will just have to pick up all the demolished bottles after he has finished lol.

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    Oskar's mum........ he has got so use to sleeping on the lounge... but he does need his own bed.......... he used to sleep with me..... haaaaaaahhaaa
    sometimes I think
    it's that he spends too much time with me... When he recently ate the CD. I didnt care about the CD it's just that he chocked and I was in a panic..
    I screamed at him get outside and he ran up the stairs scared and he poked his little head around the corner like a scolded child.
    I feel terrible I have never seen him like that.......SCARED.........
    I feel that our household is very TENSE and it is affecting his behaviour.......as my 15yr old has behavioural problems and he directs all of his anger
    towards me................ on a daily basis.............. I guess our dog senses the bad tension and he is reacting this way....... that's my guess.....

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    Dogs don't consider children to be people. They move different, sound different, smell different, they are very unpredictable, unlike adults. Some dogs can growl at children in particular as a defense mechanism if the child has done something that worries the dog.

    Regarding the food, I feed my dog a dog food mix called Phuds. It can be mixed with chicken mince, which your boy obviously loves.

    There are many different boredom busters for dogs out there. You can freeze bits of chicken and blood in an ice-cream container full of water. You can scatter treats around the yard, like a treasure hunt. You can make a sand pit (children's clamshell pool) and bury treats, that he will dig up. This will help with physical energy too. There are many other things, which I'm sure others will note on this thread

    When you take him for a walk, is he walking calmly or is he pulling the whole time and running around like an idiot at the park? It is a lot better to drain their mental energy than their physical energy. Teaching him another trick or two will really help with keep his focus and draining energy. If he doesn't yet, teach him walk on a loose leash.

    Also, humans fighting can really mess with a dog. This creates an unbalanced, tense environment and this can lead to the dog feeling that he needs to take charge of the pack to return it to calm. Maybe this is what's happening with your boy.

    Oh yeah, Phud's Natural Dog Food

    Check it out. It's really great value

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    I think our pooches defo pick up on our moods and vibes. Poor ol Oskar makes himself scarce when I am yelling at the kids or my boyfriend lol. I think your little mate will come good, he may be just feeling stress off your family at the moment. You have a teenager going through a difficult stage ( i am not looking forward to it lol).

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    Hi there, have you ever considered a food allergy? food allergies can turn dogs nuts in many different ways.. licking things.. chewing things.. itching. i woulod definetly look into it.. chicken (his favourite food) is one of the biggest things dogs are allergic to.
    good luck.. he sounds beautiful!

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    if you want help testing him for food allergies pm me and i can help.. its pretty simple if your up for it (seems like you are!) just consists of feeding him exclusively one one food (best to try a food he has never or hardly ever been fed) for a period of about 10 weeks, and see if his behavior changes. if it doesnt then try a different food (he could be allergic t many foods so patience and persistance is key). if he likes lamb i would try him on that first. or turkey if he hasnt been fed that before (pretty cheap in coles meat department) not processed turkey tho. could you let me know exactly what he has been fed since the behavior started.. different meat types.. dry or wet dog food? and how much of each type he is fed daily (eg steak for dinner and bikkies throughout the day)
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    The Pawfectionist.... he is on antibiotics at the moment..... hhhhhhmmmm??? could be the culprit?? he has had now ,for the second time an infected nasty
    rash on his face with bald patches from scratching........Vet thinks allergy... he told me to take photos of our backyard and show him to see if it's the yard
    has a plant he is allergic to.
    Also in relation to your question about walking on the Lead well he basically runs......... he takes me for a walk.. those choker chains are rubbish.... someone said buy a halter so he will
    walk properly......... Well here goes............. I have 3 SCREWS in my foot holding the bone together... because I broke it badly when I was walking him..
    He was actually running and pulling and I tripped over a large tree branch........... It is serious and his poor behaviour on the lead has already caused one serious
    accident. The lead walking needs to be addressed.

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