My 16 month old male (Jasper) is teaching my 3 month old pup (Jed) bad habits I've lost 4 poor hedge plants out the front of my yard and my poor palm tree has had its top leaves chewed off. These poor plants were only about 30cm high and still growing. They've also pulled (or possibly from a gust of wind) a plant off the table outside and chewed it up and pulled it apart I'm at my wits end! What's worse, is Jasper knows he's done the wrong thing because he runs away from me when I pick up the pieces of the plants or the pot. I'd be extremely grateful for any ideas on how to stop this! I do have a besser block around the palm tree to stop them digging it up, and am planning on putting a chicken wire or shade cloth fence around the hedges, but I'd like not to have to be so paranoid and protective of every single plant I put in my yard - and there's going to be quite a few over time as there's nothing there except for those plants I've mentioned. I'd love to learn any training tips you guys have.
The plant that they pulled apart was just starting to do really well and flower, and it's utterly disappointing to see so many of my plants (there've been 2 others previously that Jasper's chewed up or pulled out of the ground before I had Jed) destroyed. To add, they do this when I'm at work or when I'm asleep, so I can never catch them in the act. There's bones every where for them to play with, but I suppose it's not enough... I've thought to get toys, but Jasper has a history of chewing up and pulling apart anything I get him within less than a few hours. Before I had the pup, (which is only a few weeks now), Jasper never pulled out any of the hedge plants (although he had laid on two) or chewed them, so this is a relatively new thing for him. He's pulled out a plant at my friends house too whilst playing with their dogs