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    It sounds like your son is just stirring him up with that stalking game. It is important to reward your dog for being calm and well behaved, so not good to encourage him to carry on like a pork chop. And presumably reward him for that behaviour by laughing?

    It sounds like it would be great if you could get your son in involved in more training too (training the dog, not your son - though that probably would be useful too - lol) I know it's hard to get any cranky teen's cooperation on anything, but it might help him to get his head round the whole principle of 'reward the good, ignore the bad' and consistency and improve his bond with the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toni View Post
    The Pawfectionist where do I get THUDS ............ errrrrr I mean PHUDS heheehhe
    sounds good..............
    You can order the phuds through the website.
    Phud's Natural Dog Food

    You can find good and bad mince. I've gone to a few different suppliers before settling on my current one, but I'm always on the look out

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    fresh chicken, fresh Kangaroo steaks, fresh Round steak and chuck steak
    Your dogs diet is way too high in raw protein, no wonder he wont stop destroying things and acting the way he does - he would be pinging out of his brain. There is nothing wrong with good mince from a reputable source, human cuts of meat are NOT suitable for dogs (nor for us really for that matter). Dogs need fat in their diet, they are not humans and process food differently to the way we do. I would be tempted to put him on a rolled oat, vege and lower protein diet for a week and see if he settles.

    Your dog is now also finally maturing and on a high protein diet, really the behavior is not surprising. You need more structure and start taking him to obedience classes with the kids. Walks are just that ... walks. You may as well put the dog on a treadmill for an hour as it has more brain stimulating power then a walk, since the dog has to concentrate hard on coordinating all four legs together. Build the bond between the two of you through work and respect, Staffords are not just dogs that can survive on a walk or two a day especially at that age. It is why they are notorious for destruction - they are a driven dog with no real job to do hence they start to chew and destroy.

    Get the dog off the high red meat diet ASAP, stick to raw but modify it a bit. I find something like a mix of soaked rolled oats, grated veges you have and a little fish/chicken frame mince/cottage cheese mixed in (no more then 50%) is a good test to see if diet is the culprit to the behavior.

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    I agree that all that meat has too much protein. I went through the same thing with my boy Luke, when I rescued him. He is a different dog on the phuds now. Nekhbet, phuds is very similar in mixture to what you described above

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    There's a few things that you said that have stood out so it sounds like a combination of things. But before I go into it; it's okay to feel as you do. Don't feel guilty, use it to drive the change you need.

    First is as everyone said, you need to look at diet. Adult dogs don't need as much protein as puppies. A good guide is "Real Food for Dogs and Cats" by Dr Clare Middle or research the BARF diet. There's a quick BARF guide on the Natural Animal Solutions website.

    Another is getting him desexed. Some of the behaviour sounds like typical hormone behaviour and it will help. It'll also reduce your rego costs.

    Training with the whole family will help. It will help reinforce the pack order and everyone will share commands, as people can have slight variations of commands that can confuse them. I'm in WA so don't know who in Sydney to recommend, but look for a place that you pay to join and can have unlimited sessions, then you can bring them back frequently without worrying about cost. Training will really help heaps. Especially with walks, so you don't have to fear getting hurt again. The trainer should be able to recommend a suitable harness and show you how to fit it properly.

    This may sound silly but I also recommend going to a highly reputable animal naturopath or a vet that specialises in natural therapies as well. I use Dr Clare Middle in WA, there should be an equivalent there. I have fostered many strays with behavioural issues that I haven't been able to get on top of, and she has helped in most of the cases, especially with the aggression. Worth every penny. Her work has got some of the dogs homed.

    Another is that like humans, medicines have side effects on dogs. Antibiotics stuff their digestive system up too so treat it like you would for a human. Probiotics/yogurt/etc. Be ready to deal with all medicines. The natural therapies can help with this too.

    Finally dogs are sensitive when there is tension at home. You are spot on about your son. Unfortunately he's at that age and it will be like that for a few years. Don't blame yourself, he is taking his frustration out on you. There's a saying that we hurt people we love most. Your poor boy is probably trying to stop it. The trainer or natural therapists will have ideas to help your dog to calm a little, it won't be perfect as he will still feel all that tension but it's just for a couple of years. Maybe if your son gets involved with the training too he might be more sensitive to your dogs reaction and calm sooner.

    Oh and I agree with the boredom. In addition to finding ways to add exercise, maybe get some toys to help with boredom too like kongs. Then you eliminate it both ways.

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    Toni, I don't know much about training, I guess I'm still learning with my staffy as I go. I haven't had too many issues with him besides his separation anxiety and jumping, but I have purchased A LOT of toys for him over the last few years, so I can help you with that. His favourite toys (and the ones that have lasted the longest!) are the Bob A Lot Starmark Bob-A-Lot Dog Treat Toy - Dog Products and Dog Toys - Oz Pet Shop and the Tug A Jug Tug-A-Jug Busy Buddy - Dog Toys - Oz Pet Shop. I pulled the rope out of the Tug A Jug as soon as I got it because my boy LOVES rope and chews it until it's everywhere (and it gets stuck in his teeth which makes me worry he may swallow it while I'm not home). It can still be used without the rope by adding a ball inside to act as the barrier for the treats.
    He also quite enjoys the Tirebiter Tire TIREBITER 20CM TIRE - My Pet Warehouse

    My boy hasn't ever been too destructive so I'm not sure how long these toys will last your boy but perhaps they may help with boredom, especially the first two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandella View Post
    Toni, I don't know much about training, I guess I'm still learning with my staffy as I go. I haven't had too many issues with him besides his separation anxiety and jumping, but I have purchased A LOT of toys for him over the last few years, so I can help you with that. His favourite toys (and the ones that have lasted the longest!) are the Bob A Lot Starmark Bob-A-Lot Dog Treat Toy - Dog Products and Dog Toys - Oz Pet Shop and the Tug A Jug Tug-A-Jug Busy Buddy - Dog Toys - Oz Pet Shop. I pulled the rope out of the Tug A Jug as soon as I got it because my boy LOVES rope and chews it until it's everywhere (and it gets stuck in his teeth which makes me worry he may swallow it while I'm not home). It can still be used without the rope by adding a ball inside to act as the barrier for the treats.
    He also quite enjoys the Tirebiter Tire TIREBITER 20CM TIRE - My Pet Warehouse

    My boy hasn't ever been too destructive so I'm not sure how long these toys will last your boy but perhaps they may help with boredom, especially the first two?
    Oh great Mandella, you've caused me to browse dog toys for the past hour now! And ordered this one: Busy Buddy Rip n Tug Dog Toy - Interactive Dog Treat Toys - Oz Pet Shop and this one Egg Babies Dinosaur dog Toy - Kyjen's Plush Puppies. Banjo will love them as she loves ripping packets of food open and destroying her soft toys to get to the squeakers. Her favourite right now is her treat ball, but I cannot remember what brand it is. Nor do I know if it would stand up to Staffy teetch.

    Sorry Toni, got a bit sidetracked there!

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    Haha sorry Beloz. I'm sure Banjo will love me for it :P

    I also have another treat ball for Axle (lol told you we have heaps of toys) which looks like this KRAMAR TREAT BALL MEDIUM - My Pet Warehouse - is it the same one you have Beloz? I don't use this anymore with treats, mainly because it's really dirty as we left it at a friends house ages ago and I just haven't cleaned it. But it was once ran over flat by our friends car and we were able to pop it back into a ball.. so it seems like it'll be good for a destructive staffy. Axle still uses it as a normal ball though. The other staffy we have here actually loves playing with it as a ball too without treats.. She's a big chewer (has chewed our outdoor setting, Axle's clam shell pool, even the bottom of our EXPENSIVE washing machine) but hasn't ruined the treat ball yet.

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    Ours is not the same but very similar. Ours is light blue. I tried to find it through Google but I don't recommend searching the internet for 'blue treat ball'. Lol

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    I agree with one of the points that Oskar's mum mentions for a dog that loves to chew and loves meat a Kong would be a great starting point. One other consideration is that dogs are intellectual beings and need mental stimulation as well to combat bordom. I wonder what his training schedule is like? Some of the unwanted behaviours you have mentioned could be redirected into desired behaviours, and if you reward the desired behaviour with chewy treats you can start to redirect the behaviours to where you want them.

    Dog's do try to protect their "pack mates", if one dog is having a confrontation with another dog, it's pack mates will back up the leader, so it could be possible that your dog sees arguing as barking at an intruder so your dog backs you up.

    It seems like you have a desperate need for some professional advise, look for a local behaviourist and get some advice. Unfortunately the longer these behaviours exist the harder it becomes to correct, or the worse it is likely to get.

    Good luck!
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