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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    I too have to leave for work at 6. So i walk mine before i go, in the dark, with a torch. If i dont do this, my GSD becomes destructive.
    I can then leave him with his dinner scattered around the garden. Meat stock frozen inside safe plastic bottle throw aways, a digging pit, with some more dinner hidden there.
    Treat balls take a GSD a moment. Garden collection of dinner takes a lot longer.
    Water, most GSD's lurve to get into a puddle, river, sea, you name it. Get one of those turtle shells, and fill half of this with water. Put toys under the water
    you could consider rethinking your decision, to get a GSD.
    It seems to me, a serial GSD owner, that what you want from a dog, and are prepared to give, would be better suited to say a bordeaux mastiff, than a GSD. The reason im seeing a mismatch of needs, is that GSD's are not really outside dogs. They are herders, they must have what they gaurd in sight. In order to relax, and be happy. They must have 'jobs to do', or they get into mischief. And with those teeth, that's a lot of mischief.
    If you are willing to accept, that currently, you and your dogs needs are not in synch, are you willing to change into the owner you need to be, for one of these dogs, or rehome him, learn a lesson, and chose wisely next time around with hindsight?

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Geelong, Vic


    Boreaux's are not outdoor only dogs either with that amount of human companionship. Your dog is destructive because it's alone and has drive. One kong is 15 minutes entertainment for a dog like that not 8 hours. The point is you have to wear out the dog while you are home, if the weather is bad and you cannot let him inside that is bad luck - invest in wet weather gear or military surplus and play with him. If he loves tug and ball train him using that as a reward until he's worn out. If you cant get to walk put an old treadmill in your garage or under cover area and put him on that twice a day, before and after work, to get some energy out.

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