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    Angry Roxie's Naughty Day

    I came home today from running a few errands and Roxie had chewed one of my thongs.

    AGAIN.

    When we first got her she chewed my black havaianas (and we all know how much the rip you off for those) so I replaced them, because I don't actually really ever wear shoes except in an office, and even then I have one pair of flats that I wear everyday, and runners.

    Now she has chewed my new thongs.

    There is a spot between a chair and a table where I leave my shoes. She never touches them, even when I leave my runners there. I stupidly left my thongs in front of the chair not behind it, and apparently this means she is allowed to have them. I completely forgot about them, like I said, I normally wear my black thongs everyday, but today I decided to wear my brown ones because they 'went' with my outfit better.

    When I walked in and saw one shoe I flipped and yelled out 'Roxie, where is my shoe??' then proceeded to go outside where Roxie ran and hid, completely terrified. I found my thong in tatters and picked it up, asking her what she'd done, so she freaked out more. My Dad came out and was calling her, she wouldn't come, even to him (though she seems to have a problem with that anyway). She wouldn't come to me understandably, I was furious and yelling.

    We finally blocked her behind the veggie patch and Dad picked her up, I put the shoe in front of her face and told her No repeatedly. I didn't hit her at all with it, though I wanted to smack her little butt repeatedly.

    Then I left her outside for the rest of the day. We have 'made up' now but I'm still not happy.

    I don't understand how the geography of 1m can make it ok for her to destroy my things. When we first got her she chewed my ugg boots (my shoes make me sound like a bogan!), but I think she just liked the pompoms on the end (dont ask, they were the snowflake ones you get from kmart, they've actually bought them out again this year which makes me happy face). And she chewed a pair of flats that I had for work so I had to replace them. That was ok when she was new and didn't know better, and then (I thought) she'd learnt that it was wrong. I was also working then so I could afford shoes. Now I have no job and lots of bills to pay, and I'm minus a pair of ridiculously over-priced thongs.

    It's not recurring enough for me to do something about it, although she steals socks from anywhere she can. She never chews them, just plays with them. She did murder a tissue the other morning, I have no idea where she found it. And she chewed a pillowcase of mine. While it was on a pillow, on my bed, and I was sleeping on it. This all happened at odd intervals, normally she is so good.

    Maybe she needs more exercise?? I give her two walks a day, I could increase the length. We play in the lounge room. Mum plays with her outside,throws her toys etc. Dad plays with her, runs about and sometimes walks her as well. She has infinite amounts of energy!

    I guess I'm just going to have to be vigilant about putting my shoes behind the chair and not anywhere else. Dad left his runners outside for a week though and she didn't touch them, and I'm the one that she listens to and follows about!

    Any suggestions before I slowly become permanently bare-foot???

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    Sorry, but she'll have no idea that her chewing the thong is what made you mad. She doesn't speak nor understand english, so in her eyes, you have gotten home and been angry at her. Yelled at her, terrified her, cornered her, picked her up with someone she doesn't completely trust and shoved something in her face multiple times, then you've left her alone outside.

    Unless you catch her in the act of chewing the thong and that's when you growl "no" at her, she will learn nothing other than you are unpredictable. There must always be a CLEAR link between the behavior and the punisher (in this case you yelling at her then ignoring her) or the animal simply will not understand.

    Put your shoes in a cupboard, where she cannot get to them and they will be fine. I leave mine in the garage and in their boxes in the wardrobe (I have about 60 pairs of shoes ) and Batty hasn't gotten to any of them, except my old yard slip ons, and that was my fault because I left them where he could get them. Just as Roxie getting your thong was your fault because you left it in the wrong place. I know that sounds harsh, but that's the way it is.

    What does she get to chew on? Chewing is a relaxation thing for dogs. Batty gets rawhide chews, his kong, bones, chicken drumsticks, and has a couple of chewy balls too. I always make sure whenever I leave him that he is safely contained in his crate or he has something to chew on and EVERYTHING is out of reach. For some dogs chewing is like heroin, nearly impossible to give up It's good for them, good for their teeth although it can be bad for our footwear!

    I hope that she is ok, and you have some time to put some extra work in on your bond. Perhaps work out a place that is easy to throw your shoes into yet she cannot get there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Unless you catch her in the act of chewing the thong and that's when you growl "no" at her, she will learn nothing other than you are unpredictable. There must always be a CLEAR link between the behavior and the punisher (in this case you yelling at her then ignoring her) or the animal simply will not understand.
    What I was going to say Rocky has never chewed on any of my shoes (which get left around random parts of the house depending on how lazy im feeling when I take them off ) because whenever he goes to sniff them or starts to nudge them or anything like that I just say "no" in a "I'm not mad but I am serious" tone, and as soon as he shifts his attention to something else I'll praise him or give him a pat... I've been doing that since day 1 though, so it just takes time and repetition I guess... But if you dont catch her in the act of doing something wrong, she wont know what she's getting punished for later on

    Ps. Not saying rocky is an angel and never touches anything he's not supposed to... he can be a little ____ but its just a matter of putting in the extra effort to get them to learn that thats not a wanted behaviour

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    I agree with Ange and Rocky Dora is exactly like Rocky (apart from one little cew-a-thon). I tell her 'no' as soon as she starts looking at it, or starts trying to grab it with her mouth (and by 'it' I mean a shoe).
    Roxie sounds like shes getting enough exercise... repeating what Angela said, dogs need something to chew on - and it seems like Roxie's got nothing.
    But the best bit about buying her something to chew on.... it's fun! I adore buying Dora things - toys, bones, etc. because it's so much fun picking each thing out! I sometimes take HOURS deciding what new toy she might like.

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    If we do not put things out of their reach then they are fair game. I have so far now trained hubby not to leave his dirty socks on the loungeroom floor, place letters and bills he wants to keep beside the coffee table on the floor and now his dirty nikkers and sox go in the laundry basket in the bedroom..not on the floor.
    It did not take long for the 5 month old pups. to accomplish what I had been trying for years to do.

    I watched them do it, grinning, then commiserated with him when he came home and found out, rotten sneaky pups doing that stuff when I had my back turned.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I agree 110% with Angelas Gone Batty! Tbh reading your thread made me a little sad but I completely understand the frustration that you are feeling! IMO prevention is the best cure! Don't leave anything chewable in her reach and give her lots of chewing activities! Bones, toys etc!

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    Good advice offered

    I treat Leo like my kids, anything I don't want touched is up out of reach.
    Can be hassel especially when your not used to it (my husband still whienges 4years later bout it)

    Its just about getting yourself into the habbit of doing it

    Maybe get some pig ears for Roxie to have a chew on

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    I know it was my fault, but I was just so mad at her. She rarely does it, and it's always when I'm not there, so it's impossible to catch her doing it. When we are inside together and my shoes are lying about she doesn't even glance twice at them. I think it was out of spite because I didn't walk her that day lol.

    She has so many toys it's not funny. Seriously, I am always buying her things from the reject shop or op shops, she loves soft things with squeakers. She gets bones and pigs ears and even these weird pringle looking things that were like rubber (Im sure she buried them, you couldnt even snap them they were that rubbery). She has rope toys, and balls, tennis balls and big blue dog toys, and this odd little things that's three cat balls stuck together, teddies and a Bullwinkle moose that she decapitated. Our backyard is littered with toys.

    I guess I just need to be more vigilant about leaving them out, it happens once in a blue moon (it was actually a blue moon the other night.....connection? :P)

    Thanks for all the advice lovelies!

    Rebec, I hope my kids don't chew my shoes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jucealala View Post
    I know it was my fault, but I was just so mad at her. She rarely does it, and it's always when I'm not there, so it's impossible to catch her doing it. When we are inside together and my shoes are lying about she doesn't even glance twice at them. I think it was out of spite because I didn't walk her that day lol.

    She has so many toys it's not funny. Seriously, I am always buying her things from the reject shop or op shops, she loves soft things with squeakers. She gets bones and pigs ears and even these weird pringle looking things that were like rubber (Im sure she buried them, you couldnt even snap them they were that rubbery). She has rope toys, and balls, tennis balls and big blue dog toys, and this odd little things that's three cat balls stuck together, teddies and a Bullwinkle moose that she decapitated. Our backyard is littered with toys.

    I guess I just need to be more vigilant about leaving them out, it happens once in a blue moon (it was actually a blue moon the other night.....connection? :P)

    Thanks for all the advice lovelies!

    Rebec, I hope my kids don't chew my shoes!!
    lol I've known kids to chew on weirder things :P

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    Oh no!! I'm trying to think now of what my nephew eats.

    A friend of mine said she used to eat paper serviettes when she was younger. Roxie has chewed tissues, but never eaten them lol.

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