- 3 years ago
Last year, my man’s parents adopted a puppy. Now, they are awesome and loving dog owners, whom have provided a wonderful home to their pets, and have rescued several dogs, but this is their first puppy. They (in my humble and admittedly maybe wrong opinion) don’t spend enough time engaging him, don’t spend time training him, so he is naughty, bored, and getting BIG (60 pounds and growing.)
He’s a smart dog, who really enjoys either physical challenge toys and games (tug of war, chase… More tug of war…) and puzzle toys. Anything that involves working to get at a treat, he enjoys immensely, and will try at it for fairly long periods of time to reach his goal. When he doesn’t have the right kinds of toys to challenge him, he busies himself by either chewing his toys to pieces, chewing anything he can snatch off a counter to pieces, or even biting at the house. I’ve seen images of dogs that have ripped apart furniture and eaten through drywall when bored, and I’m worried he will be THAT kind of puppy.
His owners are going out of town for a while, and time house sitting seems like a great time to introduce some new toys. Puzzle toys, the harder the better, and anything I can make on the chesp is a positive because he WILL try to chew it to smithereens. Additionally, if anyone has reccomendations of toys that in general seem gnaw proof, I would appreciate it. They’ve reached the point of just giving him cardboard boxes to shred and plastic bottles to gnaw at, w oth of which he favors over the soft toys they buy him.
Also, putting it out there for others with a naughty pup, applying some of the NILIF principles is awesome. He used to get really jumpy and bitey and scratchy for attention, especially when people first come home. My man and I tried refusing to give attention until he calmed, but it barely dented the behavior. We switched to commanding him to sit and only giving pets and scratches and love once he was sitting, and what a turn around! It took him a bit to get it (we only see him a couple times a week) but once it clicked, it has totally changed his behavior. He’ll prioritize sniffing over obeying (curious pup. It happens.) then he’ll sit and get his loving. It’s a HUGE turnaround for him, and has made him better about following commands in general. I reccomend learning from it and applying a little (full fledged, I don’t agree with… But I’m a cat lady, what do I know?)