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    Some dogs have allot more brains than other = genetics. Some dogs actually have reasoning skills. I see this with my breed during training sessions.

    I do think they live in the moment for some things and they most definitely react to emotions..... but I also believe some breeds have great memory skills.
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    This dog either needs a job or is having a separation issue.

    For example my male had an awful separation problem and separation anxiety usually occurs with the first hour of leaving the dog. He would work himself up into such a frenzy when I'd leave (and he has his female sister for company) that he would rip things apart, pull things off the counter and make himself vomit, sometimes defecating. Never scold for this, they cannot help it.

    He's needy mama boy and is much better and no longer does these things.
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    Some times it takes time for dogs to learn to be alone. Both my dogs were off the street, and both have had some traumatic experiences, rottie came when she was grown, and it took months for her to be able to stay home alone. She wrecked the door in a first week I had her, never damaged any furniture or chewed on thingss, but her anxiety manifested in stomach problems too. The other one was puppy when we took him, but still, who nows what he went through, considering we found him with fractured leg. It all counts, but we possibly can't know all the time what is the right thing to do. Little one was extremelly destructive, as a matter of fact, I have never ever had a dog that was soooo destructive. Everything he touched he wrecked or tore into pieces. I started to use crate and locked him in while we were at work. Fortunatelly, I worked close enough to pop in during break to give him a bit of a cuddle, stretch and a toilet break. But it was the way we used the crate that helped us. We let him chose the crate himself (it was a very large one, so even my rottue has enough space to turn round in it). I even crawled into it myself and cuddled him inside and he chose it as his little quiet spot. He even slept in iit when we were all at home, doors open, of course, an he never complained about spending the time inside. Slowly we started to leave crate doors open, ad eventually let him be without iit as before. Now he's fine, althugh we still pu our shoes away when we leave for work. The crate must not be a punishment for a dog, lots of puppies are affraid of big open space and love to have their little place to themselves to hide and feel safe.

    sorry about any funny writing and/or spelling mistakes, my computer is funny today, all my typing doubles on the screen and I can't see properly what I typed.

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    My oldest dog was really destructive and it would only happen when we were not home. She would rip the clothes off the line and then burry them, dig holes, eat the treas, she ate the power cord to the washing machine and the hose, she pulled the lawn mover appart, ate the TV ariel, chewed up the compressor, destroyed 2 bicyles ... lhe list goes on. When you would get home she would hide down the side of the house and would not come out. She KNEW she was going to get into trouble. She would hide down there even before you found what she did wrong! I do believe she knew what she was doing was bad, but I NEVER physically punnished her for it. I would take the object that she ate/chewed/wrecked and hold it while I told her in a firm voice NO and that she was BAD. She was not allowed to come inside for at least 1 hour.
    We now have another dog, and most of the destructivene behaviour has stopped, except for ripping the clothes off the line which drives me crazy. Its so cute when you leave home how they sit at the fence and watch you pull out of the driveway, and as it only happenes when I go out, I try to sneak out of the house so they dont know Im gone.
    As for toys, the only toys that i have ever got for my 2 that seam to last are really hard plastic ones or the extreem Kong (Black One) They have had their kong for nearly 1 year and the hard plastic ones last about 3 months each. I dont even bother with the rubber squeeky ones and more - not only are they anoying but they are in pieces in about 2 hours! Also I hered of a Staffy Ball which is supposed to be indestructable! I might look into that!

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    Kongs are great as you can put treats inside, they can spend hours trying to chew into the hole. Kongs are good for there teeth also, and I have found with my dog "Rex" who is 8 months old that he really gets obsessed with getting the treats out. He does chew things, but I make sure he has plenty of his own toys around, if he has something that I dont want him to have, I gently say no, take it off him then praise him with one of his toys, we they have a play together with his stuff. It seems to work. He finds his things more fun.
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    oh I almost forgot, do not use those nyla bones. If you have a good chewer they can kill themselves chewing and swallowing those plastic nyla bones. Do a google search on them. They are bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahlynnmcf View Post
    but I NEVER physically punnished her for it. I would take the object that she ate/chewed/wrecked and hold it while I told her in a firm voice NO and that she was BAD. She was not allowed to come inside for at least 1 hour.
    that's what i was talking about. i am strongly against any form of physical punishment, no newspaper on the bum thing, or anything else. either ignore it and scream inside yourself, or do punish in terms of not allowing to do something. kids get grounded if they do something wrong, so could dogs.

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    A few things that work for my dog are:

    Kongs. I fill one with tinned dog food (a treat for my dog as his usual food is kibble) and freeze it overnight, which keeps him occupied for about an hour.

    Sandpit. May sound weird but he sometimes likes to do some "landscaping", so I bury a treat in there each day - something like a pig's ear, dental bone, cookie - which distracts him from digging up the garden beds.

    Interactive toys. My favourites are the "Busy Buddy" line. You put treats/kibble in and the dog has to play with the toy to get them out. I like these for dispensing kibble more than Kongs because they're harder You can also get things like Buster cubes, tug-a-jugs, etc.

    I also give him one extra toy a day in the yard (usually squeaky toys) and rotate them so he doesn't get sick of them.

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    My dog is a real gardener, likes to prune my tree's and pull out the weeds...which are actually plants....Ahhh the joys of puppies!
    However I use the kong as well. I usually either give my dog a kong with some treats and a bit of peanut butter stuffed inside or just a fresh bone as I leave for work in the morning. I find it keeps him occupied for at least a little while.....
    I reckon I might try this sandpit idea though too....and invest is some new toys.

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    This thread is 2 years old.

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