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You are right, spece, I always sort of take it as a given that people know that, but you're right, they often don't.
But just exercise often does not solve chewing issues because to dogs, chewing is not just a way to relieve stress or pent up energy (though it is that), it's FUN. I don't know about your dog, but my dogs will still engage in something they find really fun and awesome even if they're exercised beforehand.
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And once I get a handle on this, I'll need help on getting him to walk on a leash! Toy Spaniels evidently have a hard time with walking nicely on a leash, and boy is that true. But that's for another thread...
Posted : 10/13/2007 9:22:21 AM
I agree with what you're saying. I really do wonder about how some dogs really do know they've been bad (although people say dogs don't think). As soon as I would open the door they run down to greet me & either it's with a tail wagging happy (great you're home) or with ears back & tail between the legs wagging (like oh boy, wait till she comes upstairs & sees what I have done!)
My female boxer insisted on ripping apart plants (non-poisonous of course) & scented pinecones, along with pulling up the carpet. She finally grew out of that. Now my young male shepherd also tries to rip up the carpet & has a favorite chair seat cushion that he just keeps wanting to destroy. I tried a suggestion that I found on the web - put tin foil in the area that you don't want them to chew because they said that dogs do not like the sound of the crunching foil & it will scare them . Well, when I came home there was tin foil everywhere !!! The shepherd is crate trained but I thought that it would be nice for a change to leave him out once in a while while I'm gone. So my next try is the nasty tasting stuff that they sell in the stores that you spray on things that you don't want them to touch. He'll probably like that too.................................
Posted : 10/14/2007 12:25:38 PM
You say your dog seems to be getting "bored" with his chewie toys? What about taking them all away and storing them way up high *except* for when you leave the house? And/or rotating them? That way they become more novel and exciting if he doesn't get to play with them just any old time.
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