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    So my dog has access to the house when I'm at work. It is just one way I decided to deal with potential separation anxiety and nuisance behaviour that could result from that.

    But it definitely comes at a price. Especially because I am one of the most scatterbrained people on the planet! I do try to remember to do the rounds ro remove stuff from benches and tables before I leave and close the bedroom and bathroom door. But I am often in such a hurry in the morning that I might forget to do one or all of those things.

    So I sometimes come home to complete carnage.

    Some of the things that I've found so far are:
    - shredded new box of tissues. Twice in one week!
    - pack of toilet paper with holes in it. I am now using partially shredded toilet paper as it was my last pack and it was still clean.
    - a whole loaf of sliced bread spread over the kitchen floor. I doubt she even ate any.
    - the back of my slipper chewed off. No big deal, I can still wear it.
    - a big stuffed toy rabbit with its head torn off and the filling all over the lawn
    - couple of other toys - fortunately not many so far
    - chewed up wooden incence burner
    - and the other day she managed to find 2 big packs of thin chew sticks and ripped them open. As well as 2 bigger chews. No idea where she got them from - I had looked for them for ages myself! Possibly from the hall cupboard that was left open.
    - Lots of ripped up paper and cardboard stuff - pretty much always.

    It could have been a LOT worse. I remembered I forgot to close the bedroom door when I was already at work yesterday. The first thing I checked was that I was indeed wearing my expensive European boots! If she ever touches those, I would have a stroke, I think. All the other stuff, meh. At least it's always exciting to open that door and not know what I'll find. And on those days that the loungeroom floor is not completely covered with rubbish, I feel very proud of her.

    I'm sure she'll grow out of it eventually and I put up with it because I love her and want to do what's best for her.
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    Hahaha! Thats a great post Harley use to be allowed inside on rainy days (when we lived in a house with no proper shelter aside from shade cloth) but luckily I never came home to anything like that!

    We have found doona's shredded across the back yard before though and they did once destroy their mattress bed, that was fun! The whole patio was white

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    Yep keeps those expensive leather boots away. Dogs always choose the most expensive shoes to chew especially the leather ones!! LMAO

    I love that you are taking it with such great humour! Some people would just expect the dog to KNOW it isn't allowed to do that and get the s**ts and stick the dog outside.

    Both my dogs are insiders during the day, especially at the moment as my neighbour is a busy body and feeds them, but that is another story.

    My older dog used to destroy all sorts of things and she lived outside during the day while we were at work (this was in a previous life about 3 years ago). She even once chewed all the wires out of the push starters on the BBQ! She chewed a tree in our backyard lol and dug holes everywhere, not for fun but to lay in

    I have given up on giving my dogs special fluffy comfy dog beds because I always come home to a snow storm - ROFL

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    sighhh..i hear ya! My two are allowed access to inside on rainy days but Abbie will just generally try to chew anything in sight!

    Things i have come home to..

    - muddy paws prints all over floors and walls.
    - chewed and frayed doormats.
    - fly screen ripped off rabbit hutch.
    - thick leather bbq cover torn in half.
    - dogs mattress chewed up into a million different pieces
    - poo that has been stepped in and spread up and down the patio. i once found some spread on the wall inside.

    Just this morning (whilst i was trying to catch a few more minutes sleep) i caught her chewing on the end of our shaggy rug in the lounge room.

    Needless to say my house looks like a bit of a tip outside. haha. I know it's Abbie as well, because Buckley was a little angel before she came along. Abbie gives up on the kongs and would rather chew my possessions She has a fetish for shoes but i always make sure these are out of sight.
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    She is one busy girl

    I would put some chewable toys with food in those places where she found her "other toys"(not)
    I did that with mine...I still leave certain items of theirs on and in places where they go. I think it is now a kinda game to them, because i will find the toys all together on one of their mats. My dogs are very good with their toys, they are well loved but not shredded. But a kong here and there with some of her total intake of food might get rid of some of the frustration. We also have another little habit. When we leave our dogs always get a chewy treat. So now when we go, all are anxiously waiting to get this and don't care that we also go. That more then anything has helped Annabelle, who was a very anxious dog and so much more relaxed now.
    Also when the dogs are in their kennel, which has a sandpit, I bury treasures for them (edible)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    sighhh..i hear ya! My two are allowed access to inside on rainy days but Abbie will just generally try to chew anything in sight!

    Things i have come home to..

    - muddy paws prints all over floors and walls.
    - chewed and frayed doormats.
    - fly screen ripped off rabbit hutch.
    - thick leather bbq cover torn in half.
    - dogs mattress chewed up into a million different pieces
    - poo that has been stepped in and spread up and down the patio.

    Needless to say my house looks like a bit of a tip outside. haha. I know it's Abbie as well, because Buckley will happily play with bones and his kong. Abbie gives up on the kongs and would rather chew my possessions
    Those are a lot worse than what my dog gets up to! Though I wasn't very impressed with her destroying the outside comfy chair the first week we had her. Ripped the cushion to bits and then started on the foam layer and belts underneath. Not much good for sitting in anymore. But I got the chair for free and it had been pretty much wrecked by the rain anyway.

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    Haha I forgot about the doormats! Lol we didn't own one of them for a long time, Harley loved to drag them around! lol Fluffy dog beds last 5 minutes max in my house! So now they get a mountain of cheap fleecy blankets and sheets to sleep on (which have holes all through them).

    Bella has in the past chewed the wires for lights on our trailer! (the OH wasn't very happy when he went to use it lol) She also chewed the peddles on my bike, the lever on the lawn mower! The one mystery we did have was which one was chewing the wooden support poles on the deck! Not good in a rental house :S luckily no one noticed that much! haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    She is one busy girl

    I would put some chewable toys with food in those places where she found her "other toys"(not)
    I did that with mine...I still leave certain items of theirs on and in places where they go. I think it is now a kinda game to them, because i will find the toys all together on one of their mats. My dogs are very good with their toys, they are well loved but not shredded. But a kong here and there with some of her total intake of food might get rid of some of the frustration. We also have another little habit. When we leave our dogs always get a chewy treat. So now when we go, all are anxiously waiting to get this and don't care that we also go. That more then anything has helped Annabelle, who was a very anxious dog and so much more relaxed now.
    Also when the dogs are in their kennel, which has a sandpit, I bury treasures for them (edible)
    She always has chews lying around and I usually give her a fresh bone before I leave too. Also has a kong and a treat ball - but she doesn't seem overly interested in them, so I don't always check them before I go. Will start doing that more and maybe leave them inside instead of outside.

    She gets most of the stuff she chews on from places I don't want to encourage her visiting like benches or tables. Or the rooms that I was supposed to close off. The latter is just my fault and I just have to try and remember.

    I usually give her a chew in the evenings, but maybe I should change that habit and start giving it to her when we leave too.
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    Diesel had a fasination with hessian bags he would pull all the stuffing out shred it to bits and then carry them around with him haha Hes a bit of a chewer but only every so often... hell be good for so long and then bam the hole yard is covered in chewed up things... i dont even know were he finds half the stuff... as he is so big ( we are currently living at my parents, we move into our house we just brought on the 6th of october yay) and our outside table is full with our junk he can just stand up and have a look whats on the table haha its cute but sometimes frustrating haha got to love them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Haha I forgot about the doormats! Lol we didn't own one of them for a long time, Harley loved to drag them around! lol Fluffy dog beds last 5 minutes max in my house! So now they get a mountain of cheap fleecy blankets and sheets to sleep on (which have holes all through them).

    Bella has in the past chewed the wires for lights on our trailer! (the OH wasn't very happy when he went to use it lol) She also chewed the peddles on my bike, the lever on the lawn mower! The one mystery we did have was which one was chewing the wooden support poles on the deck! Not good in a rental house :S luckily no one noticed that much! haha
    Haha..nice to know my dog isn't the only nutcase! I've gone through about 4 doormats in the past 6 months but i hate not having one because they do stop a lot of the sand from coming into the house. My last one was a thick rubber one. Thought to myself 'haa, like to see you chew through this'. She did! The carpet ones buckley loves to pee on. My dogs just think anything i buy is automatically theirs to do with as they wish.

    Abbie has also recently discovered the joys of pulling washing off the line. I now have to hang everything up really high.

    I'm waiting for the day they rip a hole in my beanbag and discover a world full on white balls inside!
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