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    Hi all,

    I have some web cams set up at home that face in to our back yard and i spy on my dogs from work. This is both awesome and frustrating, The good is when work starts to drag or get tough i can jump on my phone and see what my pups back home are doing and it will usually relax me a bit. The bad is what just happened 30 mins ago, I jumped on to watch them and see him removing one of my pot plants from its pot and dragging it in to the back yard then going back for the 2nd (Im really hoping he only got 2 out of 4 but i know the 2 i saw him get are completely gone as they're littered across the yard).

    I have noticed that as he gets use to the routine he is getting worse. If anyone has any advice on how to stop him im all ears. and also how to teach him not to do something that he did 4 hours earlier.

    In the mornings I take him for a 5min walk, 10min light jog then finish with a 15min walk to make sure his tired,(I cant do much more than this as his only 9months) I take him in a different spot everyday to keep him guessing. I also go and hide a few Kongs (which i cram with food, I have no idea how he gets it out) and similar toys around the yard in different spots and also throw a bit of dry food through the grass which he spends a bit of time finding, He also has a heap of other toys scattered round the yard. I then take him for another 30-40min walk at night.

    thanks

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    I moved every pot plan and now 12 months later I am about to replant and put them back. I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.
    So frustrating to watch it happen!

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    I don't think there is much more you can do. I learnt to just put anything I didn't want my pup to play with out of reach.

    It may be a good idea to rotate their toys though. Makes them more interesting.

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    Cheers. I will start rotating toys. Although he tends to rotate them himself by distroying them.

    Turns out he got all 4 plants so there's no need for me to remove them. And when I say got I mean that he turned them to dust, couldn't even make them out. He also chewed the entrance and roof on his and Minnie's kennel. He is obviously board which make me feel guilty but I'm struggling to work out how to keep him busy whilst we are away.

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    Do you do any training with him like obedience or tricks to mentally engage him, this can tire them out? Swimming can also be a good low impact exercise that burns energy. By 9 months old I give my dogs quite a lot of exercise but they are lean working breed dogs. I also give my dogs large bones once a week which keeps them entertained for hours.

    Unfortunately chewing and digging up plants and general destruction is often part of a young dogs job description and it does usually get better.

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    Turns out he got all 4 plants so there's no need for me to remove them

    You wont need to water them any more either.
    Also if you have a nice lawn then be prepared for what will resemble a goat track soon.

    Are you able to make a digging/sand pit in a corner somewhere?
    I have been going to do this here for a long time, just other things keep getting in the way.

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    Cheers kalacreek, I have had Dalmatians before and they were just as bad as Bo, it just been along time since since I had a pup.
    He is a kelpie, been a working dog does the 5mins exercise /month of age still apply? And how long does that apply for? I would hate myself if he had some bone issues later on because I didn't let him develop.

    I am giving a fair amount of training both morning and night but I haven't taken him to obedience training as our other pup hasn't had her 2nd injection (gets it Saturday).

    The good thing with today's efforts it that tomorrow he has no plants to pull out.

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    I guess bo was doing us a favour with the water restrictions and all. We have got some loose dirt for him to dig in, which he does, better than digging up the grass, hopefully our grass will survive his running around. We waited for 6months before getting dogs so I could let my grass get established, it's really tough so fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonr View Post
    Cheers kalacreek, I have had Dalmatians before and they were just as bad as Bo, it just been along time since since I had a pup.
    He is a kelpie, been a working dog does the 5mins exercise /month of age still apply? And how long does that apply for? I would hate myself if he had some bone issues later on because I didn't let him develop.

    I am giving a fair amount of training both morning and night but I haven't taken him to obedience training as our other pup hasn't had her 2nd injection (gets it Saturday).

    The good thing with today's efforts it that tomorrow he has no plants to pull out.
    Well I currently have a lean 8 month old working bred cattle dog and she comes on full walks with my adult dogs twice a day. However the surface in my paddocks are fairly stable and not heavy sand etc. So the dogs do their own thing and she races around with the rest of them chasing rabbits etc. but I dont throw balls etc

    I started working my kelpie and Border collie on sheep at 6 months. I just use a bit of common sense. I wouldnt for instance go on a long bike ride on hard surfaces with a young dog. Kelpies if they are well bred working dogs are generally fairly sound dogs.

    Round here most of them are working by 9 months which includes jumping in and out of yards which is something I would tend to avoid early on but mine was leaping in and out of utes at 9 months old. I grow mine out lean which helps. My current 8 month old does her share of tearing things up and she is rather fond at times of digging. Generally when I leave her when I am working.

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    Cheers again kalacreek, Bo is actually kelpie cross and we're not sure what with. I'm going to the vet this weekend with him so hopefully they can let me know if he looks like his ready to step it up. I do have some paddocks near by that I run through with him off lead but most of our walking is on concrete.

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