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    Angry Who flicked the switch ??

    Who flicked the switch from 'Good boy' to 'naughty mut' on my dog ?

    The other day it was the Austar remote. Yesterday my work boots where taken out in the backyard, chewed and left in the rain. He's pissed inside twice in 2 days. Refuses to wake up for toilet time in the middle of the night and destroyed my sons library book. I've also noticed him sniffing everything, stuff he never cared about or showed any interest at all.

    WTF....nothing's changed in his life at all, if anything he's been getting more cuddles and attention more than ever...except for when he does anything naughty. 2 weeks ago he was perfect but his behaviour has deteriated quickly. The weather has been average so he's spent a bit more time inside than usual but he's still getting heaps of bones and pigs ears. The weeing inside has just blown me away and i'm really dissapointed ...it's not like him at all to do that.

    He's fine at training...touchwood....tonight he's supposed to be graduating the first course.

    I remember Newfsie saying somthing a while back that some dogs will play up between 7 and 9 months old and this is where we are at.....why would this happen?? and what should i do ??

    I want to nip it in the but and get my old Mojo back....

    Here's a mug shot of the juvenile delinquent looking guilty.
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    You are living with a 4 legged teenager, like teenagers some thing you have to stay firm on and others you just need to let thru to the keeper so as to remain sane.

    When my puppy owners ring or facebook me to say their little angel has been up to no good, I like to use the term innovative, they have become innovative in their need for stimulation and now so do you.

    Good luck with the monster most do come thru the other end ok

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    Oh my god you need to forgive and forget that
    beautiful little face..

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    Oh well Sean, sounds like Mojo and Ruby have been in cahoots

    I have the biggest library of books and magazines and she ate one $4.95 magazine (belonging to the library, so $11 to pay it back, thanks) and one book that I borrowed from a lady at work that's not an easy book to replace (the Amazon version has a different cover), her new bed shredded the other day!!

    I can blame mine on times when she hasn't been taken out, or as my hubby very kindly (and obviously) points out that I left the said book and magazine within her reach but still ...

    Weekly dog training has become a joke (for the rest of the class) - happy to give the other dog owners their weekly entertainment, they all go home saying "thank the Lord we didn't get a boxer" ... and other boxer owners I talk to say she'll calm down now when she's about 3 years old ...

    But that picture of Mojo is adorable ... very cute boy...

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    he's been stuck inside more than usual with bad weather ..... is it possible he's just getting frustrated that he has too much energy and not enough outlets for it(chewing a pigs ear although entertaining isn't really that much of an energy outlet ... i don't know stuff all about your breed so please don't take this as anything other than me throwing an idea into the ring)? that would potentially explain the chewing stuff, not sure whether it would explain the peeing inside bit though. anyways, just a thought ...

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    Lol adolescents! not good about the work boots, they aren't cheap! Naughty mojo. Best to make sure nothing is in his reach (haha good luck with that ) and be firm, don't let him get away with anything!

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    Hehe. I got Banjo when she was 8 months old and she was an absolute shocker with the destroying stuff. Our house looked like it had been burgled every time I came home from work. I still do a quick check before I leave her alone and we still put our shoes out of her reach even when we are home, but she is so much better now at 14 months. Though she still has her moments. Especially when she gets frustrated over being left alone at unusual times, like at night.

    There's not much you can do about the chewing except for trying to not give him a chance and give him lots and lots of rawhide chews etc. Having a few different varieties is good. And try to minimise your frustration by always putting your most valued stuff away! The other day Banjo managed to get to my boots that I bought in Europe. They were in one of those cylindrical washing baskets and I thought they were out of reach. But when I came home she had got one out. She only chewed through one of the straps. If she would have got to that boot a few months ago, she would have totally destroyed it. And I would have totally wanted to kill her. As it is, I will have them repaired and she will live.

    Not sure what to suggest about the peeing inside. Banjo was an outside dog when I got her so I toilet trained her at that age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by findeb View Post
    Oh well Sean, sounds like Mojo and Ruby have been in cahoots

    I have the biggest library of books and magazines and she ate one $4.95 magazine (belonging to the library, so $11 to pay it back, thanks) and one book that I borrowed from a lady at work that's not an easy book to replace (the Amazon version has a different cover), her new bed shredded the other day!!

    I can blame mine on times when she hasn't been taken out, or as my hubby very kindly (and obviously) points out that I left the said book and magazine within her reach but still ...

    Weekly dog training has become a joke (for the rest of the class) - happy to give the other dog owners their weekly entertainment, they all go home saying "thank the Lord we didn't get a boxer" ... and other boxer owners I talk to say she'll calm down now when she's about 3 years old ...

    But that picture of Mojo is adorable ... very cute boy...
    findeb, if it makes you feel any better, when Rosie was a puplet, she aced her obedience, and her agility, everything that made her think. At that stage, the husband was still 'on the tools', so sometimes she would spend the day riding around with him being his TA... until one particular morning when her foolishly decided to walk her the 8 paces from the front door to the truck door off-lead. And she bolted down the driveway (luckily it was 5am in a court, away from main roads) and played chasey with him for 40 minutes before she bored of the game, trotted back up the driveway and leapt into the truck. Butter would not melt in that dog's mouth that morning!

    She did take a while to grow-up, but it did happen well before she turned 3 - but she is a natually submissive pooch, so would accept out authority automatically in a pack situation (well, for the most part!), but to this day, I still PMSL whenever we recount that storey. She destroyed more pairs of my shoes than I care to value (because I left them laying around - she never showed interest in them unless I wasn't around, and I'd forget!).

    Boxers are totally, totally awesome doglets. Rosie would be as active as you wanted her to be (and then some), but then on wintry days, she is also quite happy to couch-potato and lay about snoozing. So calm, so loyal, so full of grace. You will never regret having Ruby in your life!


    As for Mojo, he just sounds like a teenage pushing the envelope to see what he can get away with - especially if he is starting to mature into his maleness, and perhaps challenging your pack authority over him? I have absolutely no suggestions for you, sorry, but I believe he will grow out of it. Actually, scratch that, I do have a suggestion for you - whatever his exercise regime is, double it. Good luck!

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    Thanks Pinkest, that's hilarious about Rosie, how cheeky, I bet your hubby's blood pressure was through the roof, 40 minutes would have seemed like hours... would have been so funny to watch I do love boxers and their antics...

    Ruby is great with her training (at home) and I've started taking her to the park in the evening and walking her around on a long lead to get her used to lots of other dogs and then all the dogs at weekly training aren't such an excitement and beyond her (and my) coping mechanism... she is a very friendly and happy dog and loves meeting any dogs, big or small, but is so overpowering and frightens little dogs as she gets so excited, it's funny to watch, her tail and back end build up such a momentum so that she could just about take off from the ground ... she plays really well with bigger dogs but is a big face licker which other dogs don't really like - she doesn't "get it" that it's very annoying. She's an awesome couch potato and loves to get closer than a second skin

    I have learnt to put away shoes, she's destroyed about 4 pairs of things by eating only one of the pair ...

    I think I need to also heed your advice of doubling the exercise regime... I'm pretty sure any destruction stems from lack of enough exercise. Thanks!!

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    Hehehehehehehehe Sean, he may be a guilty looking deliniquent,,but he is gorgeous! I can see how he could easily get away with anything he likes.
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