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    Our 15 month old Staffy has been seriously affecting our family in a negative way..........
    I don't know what to do???? We love him... I am the main carer to him and companion and spend
    a lot of time with him.......
    He sits on Demand, will not touch his food unless I tell him, we even taught him to play dead
    when we say BANG BANG....... he rolls on the floor on his back.....

    My eyes are filling up with tears writing this........... he is pretty obedient but lately he is just
    too full on......... too hard to handle and just a monster at the moment.......

    He stays inside of a night and I can't turn my back for 1 second...... just half an hour ago he was chokeing on
    a CD that he ate........ last night he ate 16 beach shells from a ornament ...... he actually ate them and swallowed them all.

    He has this problem where he will eat anything and I mean anything....... I feed him all fresh meat twice a day
    and he is by no means starving........ even a 1 hour walk a day does not satisfy him... he still has energy to burn......
    He even growls at my 5yr old nephew and I find that unacceptable..........
    he eats the outside kennel and has bitten huge chunks out of it......... his gums bleed because he will chew 24/7 on anything
    he has lots of bones but he would rather chew on bricks, concrete or any other items...... I don;t want to give him away.........
    He is my best mate................... and I would say it's my fault because he didnt get trained as a puppy..........
    He is so loyal to me......... I just can't take this behaviour anymore and also FEAR he could die from chewing and swallowing
    weird items..........

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    Also our pup GROWLS a lot at my 15yr old son............. usually when my son is around me he is screaming at me and we argue....... so maybe the dog senses
    a bad tension and he doesnt like my son........ He even stands outside barking looking up at the window when he hears my son screaming...

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    It would be very hard to determine why he is doing this from my loungeroom but I guess I'll give it a go...

    He seems like he is quite bored and has a lot of energy built up from the day. 15months is also a "testing" age for young dogs. Just like around the age of 8-10months, it is another period where they will test your patience and what they can get away with.

    Does he have anything to stimulate him throughout the day or is he just in the backyard?

    Is the fresh mince that you feed him mixed with anything? Mince can have a lot of protien, which can add to the dog's constant energy. Also, Sometimes dogs start eating strange things because they are missing something in their diet that their body needs. It seems particularly strange that he is eating bricks.

    To help with the kennel, you can try rubbing vics vapour rub onto the wood. Dogs almost immediately stop eating it the item with vics on it.

    I would strongly advise taking him to the vet to get him checked. If the growling at your nephew is somethig new and you can not explain why, then it is always best, in case there is something internal going on. If the vet can't find anything, then look into getting a behaviourist consult.

    In the meantime, stay calm an stick to the obedience basics. Does he have a bed that he can learn to stay on when inside?

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    Thanks so much Pawfectionist.......... I will try the Vicks trick with the Kennel............... as far as DIET....... thats a nightmare.. I have spent massive
    amounts of money on Dog biscuits but have not found a solution... he refuses to eat them.. I have blended them made them into dog smoothies
    covered them in steak blood and he will not eat them.........I have tried the cheapest, the most expensive you name it...
    The Latest brand was ROYAL CANINE and he vomited many times... after he ate them and yes he did eat some.
    He eats chuck steak raw everyday and kangaroo. but he loves chicken the best... I even made him a chicken casserole tonight he loved that..
    He is not desexed yet..........hhhhmmmmm????? he should have been done when he was smaller..........
    but we had so many issues with this vet we have been seeing...... they wouldnt go near him and wanted to sedate him every time we took him there.
    Have recently found a wonderful VET... I will go ask him for some advice.. too

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    I think what Belinda has advised is an awesome start. It sounds like he could be bored, if he loves chewing, maybe encourage him to chew bones or designated toys, and as Belinda suggested, put vicks or even citronella, as I have read that dogs also do not like the taste of that. Bones are a great boredom buster, it keeps them entertained for hours, go to your local butcher and ask for big marrow bones. Also, do you live near any dog parks, where he can spend some energy? Maybe, you could encourage your son to feed him at meal time. I have a 5yr old daughter and she loves Oskar, but sometimes she can be a bit full on. Is there a chance maybe your nephew has bothered the dog, and he feels stressed around him? Just curious, I am not a professional at all, just writing from experience as a dog owner. I hope you can get an answer and some help!

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    Pawfectionist he has really always growled at my nephew.............. I don't understand why? there seems to be certain people he doesn't like???

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    Ooops, missed the bit about bones lol

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    Oh and also, my vet has said that up to 2yrs old is still a viable age to be desexed.

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    Thanks Oscar's Mum.................... My Nephew has teased him with food in the past... maybe that's why he growls at him.....
    I just don't know what I can put in the backyard for him of a day??????????? Bones?? what else?????? he has his balls he likes, don't know what else?????

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    Oh you know what, Oskar took a liking to my big gym ball, thats cheap entertainment, you can get them from kmart, also there are kongs, you can stuff treats in, my AMSTAFF boy is only 8mths old and is rather lazy but every dog is different.. Soft drink bottles with treats inside, once he has chewed the lid off he can get to the treats. Oskar has started to chew the kids' wooden rocking horse, so unfortunately thats going have to be thrown out...maybe rotate his toys..If your nephew has teased him with food in the past, that may be a contributing factor.

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