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    Question What Toys for Destructive Dog?

    Whenever Kimba is left alone she seems to find something (mainly plastic) and tear it into 1000s of pieces.

    Is there a way to stop her? I never have caught her in the act, only after so I cannot punish her.
    When I picked the pieces up, I looked at her and she cowered, she KNOWS she has been bad!

    Anyway I want to buy her some more new toys, what type should I get?
    She also removes stuffing from toys. With 2 toddlers I can't have her ripping up all their stuff!

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    Hi Sharoo, try getting some nyla bones. Something to chew on can relieve some of the bordem. also getting a treat ball fill it with peanut butter and she will spend hours trying to get it out. I was going to suggest going to st. vinnies and getting stuffed toys but seeing you have children not such a good idea

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    What are nyla bones? What do they look like? (so I can find them)

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    To me they look like a plastic bone (they're not) you can find them in you local pet store they should be hanging along side of the leashes and collars and toys, if not sure and you have good people working there they should be able to advise you on which ones are best for Kimba. My girls have at least 9 of them and they either get buried or hidden under the lounge, but they are worth while getting.

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    I will have a look tomorrow, thanks a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharoo View Post
    I will have a look tomorrow, thanks a lot!

    Here is the website

    Nylabone ยป Products

    Plenty of different products to suit your dogs needs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharoo View Post
    Is there a way to stop her? I never have caught her in the act, only after so I cannot punish her.
    Ohohohooooo yes you can!!!! You see, she has a "guilty look" on her face, and she KNOWS IT. The punishment should never be physical anyway, and dogs DO remember things. She does it out of protest cause she's been left alone, yes, may be boredom as well. My dog had other dog near him at all times and he was a terminator! Master of disaster. So it's not just boredom.
    The punishment may start from taking her to the thing she's destroyed and talking to her in a sharp voice like: "What did you do" "That's NO-NO", you may hold her by her neck skin lightly, without shaking, just hold her, it just shows her who's the boss, then send her to her place and don't pay any attention to her for some time. Let's say an hour. Only pay attention if she tries to walk away. After that no treats that day. It's kind of punishment, and she'll make a point out of it. Mine did. And try using a crate if you can for a while, it helped me.
    As for toys, try buying some hard rubber toys like kong. Those Nyla bones are made from compressed dry animal skin (pork or beef), or intestine or stomach bit. My vet told me it's not recommended that they have a lot of it, don't know why. I give them that from time to time but they prefer real thing.

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    Sorry I have to disagree with you Fedra. dogs live the now and only react to your emotions, so if you arrive home to see something destroyed and you react they will immediately hang their heads and "act guilty". You only punish if you catch them in the act, not an hour later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogluver View Post
    Sorry I have to disagree with you Fedra. dogs live the now and only react to your emotions, so if you arrive home to see something destroyed and you react they will immediately hang their heads and "act guilty". You only punish if you catch them in the act, not an hour later.
    Well, I believe this theory sucks, and it's not correct. I can give a number of proofs for that I "collected" over the number of years having dogs around me.
    Dogs do remember. Dogs do remember very well. They remember good things, they remember bad things. If it's not so, they could never learn anything, or what they learn would have to be repeated over and over again. I had a dog that I trained, then moved to Australia, haven't seen it for 5 years, came back and she was as if I never went anywhere. She knew all commands, everything. Nobody worked with her in a meantime.
    And anyway, how did my dog learn not to damage my place after I did as I wrote?

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    Well it good for everyone to have their opinions. We will have to agree to disagree, but I do believe that repartition works better than punishment

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