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    My dog has always had a problem with destroying plants, in the last few weeks it has become much worse.
    In the last month he has destroyed several hundred dollars worth of plants and their pots.
    He used to do it to get to the pot, but now he seems to be doing with the intent to destroy the plants and he leaves nothing but a useless stump almost totally devoid of roots. When he has destroyed the plants he comes to the back door and sits quietly.
    Anything new I bring into the yard he will destroy.
    Anything I re-pot he will destroy.
    It seems scent related in some ways and I've tried a few things that are supposed to keep dogs away to no avail.

    He is easy to train for the most part but with this problem he won't to respond to anything I do. I've even caught him in the act the act doing it several times and punished him but he just does it again as soon as he is unattended.
    I've never owned a dog that will repeatedly keep doing things it's been punished for, he just will not get it.

    I'm really at my wits end here, If I can't stop him from doing this he will spend the rest of his life on a chain.
    My wife is ready to take him to the RSPCA, but I don't want to resort to that as in all other aspects he is great dog.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    You would put your dog in a pound or resort to giving it a life on a chain to save plants??? im dumfounded!

    Maybe dont have plants??

    each to their own i guess.

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    Is he getting enough exercise? Is he bored?
    A bored dog is a destructive dog.

    You could consider getting him some interactive/thinking toys.
    I have also heard putting yucky substances on the plants helps – like chilli/lemon juice ect. I also think hardware stores have sprays you can use.

    I don’t think destroying plants is a valid reason to get rid of a dog – but that is just my opinion.

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    You could also consider putting a fence around the plants or even building the dog a run so you can leave him unattended and not be worried about the plants.

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    get really big heavy terracotta pots, fill the bottom half with concrete with a piece of garden hose through the middle for drainage, that should make it pretty heavy, if that's not enough smear lot's of vicks vaporub around the rim or get that black plastic stuff they put in garden beds and cover the soil with that and smear that with vicks.

    or get hanging pot plants

    or don't have pot plants
    Last edited by jonbax; 06-10-2011 at 07:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle89 View Post
    I don’t think destroying plants is a valid reason to get rid of a dog – but that is just my opinion.
    exactly!!!!!!!!!

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    Hang on a minute.....



    Quote Originally Posted by Bundybear View Post
    I thought trolls were hideous things that lived under bridges.

    Seriously though I've been guilty of it on other forums that were run by admins with a god complex. They normally have a band of yes men surrounding them and whatever they say is meant to be taken as gospel.
    When someone develops a god complex trolling will result in a predictable assault by the inner circle and the "god" figure will defend their virtue tooth and nail, normally losing all sense of reason in the process. This gives the troll the required ammunition to expose the "god" figure for what they are.
    This gives trolling it's appeal.
    I've never had the urge to do it here.

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    Well i think someone just got the urge!

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    Bundybear

    How does your dog feel about a sack full of rattling tin cans?

    Make a few towers of tin cans around your pot plants so he can't get near them without knocking the cans over.

    My mum had a dog digging in pot problem and she solved it by yelling bad things at the plants, whacking around them and on the pots with a rolled newspaper and scolding the hell out of the pot plants - in front of the dog.

    Worked for her and that dog but mine thinks all that yelling and carrying on is a fun new game. She got yelled at today for barking at some farm animals and got totally distracted (good) by the yelling but thought it was a fun game not a scolding. Oops.

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    My old lab was a shocker.... we had high fences around all our plants, she was highly obiedience trained and walked 2x a day... I would still come home to a destroyed back yard.... she would chew anything , clothes off the line my car the boat trailer wiring etc etc... she would dig anything including roses and plants with spikes...I tried vicks, chilli, pepper, catching her in the act, all pet deterants including citronella which she chewed the bottle..But then i discovered a couple things....
    designated digging spot- I would bury her toys and bones evryday in a designated spot that she was allowed to go for her life in, that would save my backyard for about 5 hrs after that she would explore ( we had a doggy cam)
    and a doggy door- we discovered if she had full access to the house she wouldnt destroy anything, at all, ever!!!! she was quiet happy to laze around in the house for the 10+ hrs I was at work, but lock her out and she was a shocker!

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