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    We have a 3-4 month old puppy. For some reason, she loves shoes... the bad way. I guess she's okay because she doesn't shred them. but every morning our thongs have more and more tiny teeth marks. A pair of joggers I was airing out the other day were bitten to. Basically anything that we place our fut in other than socks, she will attack. At least the shoes are still wear-able although I would appreciate it if I don't have to wear slightly icky shoes. And yes I have a bucket FULL of toys. I have tennis balls (one of those tennis ball material fetch sticks she had completely annihilated in the night ), treat stuffing toys, food dispensers, latex toys, plush toys and chew sticks. In fact I think I might have spoiled him a little.

    On the whole a very sensible dog though. She never barks unless aroused by aggressive dogs and the washing machine (she'd gone crazy last time). When my neighbours met her, she was actually cornered but didn't bit or lick at their fingers. On her car trip home, she never barked at all! Even off leash, she never jumped on me in the car or anything like that. She might brush up against your leg out of a little anxiety. We have another problem where the neighbour's dog would bark furiously at our puppy and then she would bark back until either our neighbours or I either reassured the dogs or did a bit of training. Note that she hasn't had her third set of shots yet because she was stray.

    Lily says that I shouldn't give her so many chews and treats. This was today's treat count: 3 meaty strips, 3 twisted rawhide sticks, 2 dried kangaroo bits and 1 piece of dried lamb liver. If you know anyway how to get rid of the barking problem without the two dogs meeting (no 3rd vaccination yet) or how to stop the chewing of shoes and other random stuff (i.e. the garden hose, wood bits, dirt even) please post.

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    Both Kelpies & Border Collies (which I guess are the breeds you are talking about as they are in your username) are intelligent working dogs as you should know. You need to keep their minds active and wear them out both physically and mentally. Puzzle toys and things they have to work out how to get the treat are good for this as is exercise, which due to the age are to young to do excessive amounts of anyway. Bones are also a fantastic way to occupy dogs too and help keep their teeth clean.

    So long as the other dog is fully vaccinated and healthy there is no need to wait for the 3rd vaccination to be done before they meet/play etc. With barking are the two dogs able to look at each other through a fence? maybe cover the fence up so they can not see. With regard to stopping chewing, puppies will be puppies unfortunately. I've lost many shoes, hose fixtures, wood, tools, bottles, books... pretty much anything and everything steal-able and left unattended is fair game. Bella hasn't seemed to grow out of it yet either and she is 2 and a half.

    That seems to me like a lot of treats as well, are you reducing food intake to make up for the extra the pup is receiving in treats?

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    I just gave up on the shoe thing. It was easier to train everyone in the house to put thier shoes away than train the dog to stop stealing them. I was always at the kids to pick them up anyway...once the dog started destroying them they got the message.

    He also decide on his favourite chew toy.....a piece of driftwood that was once a huge garden feature.....so i let him have it and now he leaves everything else alone.

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    I just keep my shoes locked up.

    I also - if I should happen to forget to shut the right doors - praise my dog should she bring me a shoe.

    But I take it off her.

    Anything she does that I don't want her doing - I interrupt the behaviour, give her something else to do.

    With lots of toys - might want to give out two or three each day and keep the rest locked up. Change which three toys - each day. Of course they are all more fun if you're involved in the play.

    I kept a collection of sticks in the backyard for my dog. I also had a few dedicated ex-shoes she was allowed to chew. And I'd play with these with her. Cos shoes are way more fun when you're panicking and trying to rescue the shoes. My dog was particularily fond of thongs and sandals we found down the beach - cos these rip up nicely.

    I'm also thinking of getting her a whole marrow bone to chew on. She's not too good with the cut up marrow bone - she makes splinters and swallows the splinters.

    Do lots of trick training. starting with its yer choice.
    A harder its yer choice - ask for a sit stay and chuck treats everywhere. If she moves - put her back and make her stay a little bit longer, then pick up all the treats and give them to her. Or tell her she can geddit (release) and let her eat the treats.

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    Thanks for all the replies, just to note everyone:
    1) I have a Kelpie cross Border collie and a Border collie Very close guess jadielee87
    2) As it is so hot, at night she sometimes won't eat but the vet says its okay
    3) Both are not fully vaccinated both are on 2nd vaccination and the Kelpie cross is getting a third vaccination on the 17th of this month
    4) She just bites the shoes. She doesn't eat it like some dogs do. And when she does that and I say come here she brings the shoe with her.
    5) The Kelpie can sit and lie down and I'm on to roll over (she gets stuck midway)
    6) She has two plush toys that she loves (one that is a pug the other is a teddy bear)
    7) Hyacinth I never actually really panic because in the end they are still whole just unsightly
    8) Another problem is that when I give her something like a pig tail or cow hoof, she will dig a hole and bury it. Today I saw her chewing on something I gave her two days ago. Is it bad for her health? Yeah she digs more often because there is a spot in our garden that I have neglected and is full of random stuff like bricks, old useless pots and weeds because the earth there is soft and loose. The silver lining here is my lawn stays whole.

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    Sean just a not, make sure you check his teeth if he chews on wood, splinters can work their way into the tongue/palate/gums and cause an abcess. Worst case scenario is like a labrador we know who chewed a stick, it pierced up into his palate and worked its way to his eye socket, eye needed removal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    Sean just a not, make sure you check his teeth if he chews on wood, splinters can work their way into the tongue/palate/gums and cause an abcess. Worst case scenario is like a labrador we know who chewed a stick, it pierced up into his palate and worked its way to his eye socket, eye needed removal.
    God, that's nasty. Our puppy chews on a polished triangle of wood. Should be okay.

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    My dog buries cow hooves. Though sometimes she will keep one to chew on inside. I give her the big rawhide bones and they last quite a while these days. Also fresh bones, but I suspect most of those get buried too.

    I would say you are very lucky that she doesn't completely destroy your shoes! But the only solution is indeed to put them out of reach. It took us months to get used to that and we lost many a pair. My dog went from chewing off half of the shoe, to just chewing through the strap to just carrying them outside and leaving them on the lawn untouched.

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    Once I decided to give her a pig's tail. She buried it and several times I have seen it being chewed before being buried again. Today, because it is so hot, I used an empty yoghurt tub and filled it with water. Then I placed her favourite treat (a chew stick) and froze the ice. She spent the next hour licking the ice and carrying the icy bundle by the tiny bit of chew stick. So funny .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Both Kelpies & Border Collies (which I guess are the breeds you are talking about as they are in your username) are intelligent working dogs as you should know. You need to keep their minds active and wear them out both physically and mentally. Puzzle toys and things they have to work out how to get the treat are good for this as is exercise, which due to the age are to young to do excessive amounts of anyway. Bones are also a fantastic way to occupy dogs too and help keep their teeth clean.

    So long as the other dog is fully vaccinated and healthy there is no need to wait for the 3rd vaccination to be done before they meet/play etc. With barking are the two dogs able to look at each other through a fence? maybe cover the fence up so they can not see. With regard to stopping chewing, puppies will be puppies unfortunately. I've lost many shoes, hose fixtures, wood, tools, bottles, books... pretty much anything and everything steal-able and left unattended is fair game. Bella hasn't seemed to grow out of it yet either and she is 2 and a half.

    That seems to me like a lot of treats as well, are you reducing food intake to make up for the extra the pup is receiving in treats?
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