(Closed) Naughty Puppy Questions

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
12 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m surprised no one has responded yet!  I don’t know much about the breed, but in general a bored dog becomes a misbehaving dog in no time flat.  I live in a very, very snowy area of the country so I feel your pain.  You say you can still play in the yard…are they getting enough of that?  Are they running, getting out of breath?  Walks on icy roads are obviously a problem if you are pregnant (esp with big dogs!) but if you can get a good game of fetch going that’s something.

Re-training him is an excellent idea, as mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise.  If you have a good foundation (sit, stay, down, etc), start with tricks…they don’t have to be useful to you, but it gets the dog thinking. 

For the eating random things issue – tiring him out will probably help tremendously, but there will be times when you can’t keep up on the exercise or when your dog gets into things despite it.  You can reinforce the rules (I’ve been known to set up traps so I can catch my pup red handed), but no matter what it’s not worth leaving anything within reach.  Baby gates are great, assuming they can’t jump over them.  I have a locking trash can.  You’ll need to start baby proofing soon, so why not start now? 🙂

I have a lab/collie mix that is full of energy so that’s where my advice is coming from.  I hope it helps you!

Post # 5
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our dogs are awesome, except about this time of year.  They definately get cabin fever.  And I also get lazy about walks.  We live in Indiana, its cold and icy and I swear only daylight when I’m at work.  Our one dog, acts just as yours is.  I agree on retraining.  In fact, you’re supposed to keep a 20 minute per day training for a dog for it’s whole life.  Most people just incorporate that time into play time – (ex: making a dog sit and drop toy playing fetch).  We are also lazy about this, don’t feel like a terrible parent.  Just start back at square one.

As for bed chewing, our dogs are also bad about this.  For one, it’s anxiety based.  She is high strung and just the kind of dog that sometimes is easily wound up.  Think OCD dog, anything out of routine sends her chewing that bed.  For the other, it’s completely joy based.  She loves tearing the polyester fluff out and stringing it about the house and yard.  Observe to see if it seems playful or anxious.  You can actually put dogs on low doses of Prozac if they are experiencing periods of anxiety.  Talk to your vet.  However, an exhausted dog is also less likely to be so anxious, so exercise should help in that case too.

As for being on a diet, when we put our tubby dog on a diet she turned into a garbage disposal.  She’d break into the trash can, which is now located in a cabinet.  No lid could keep that turkey out.  She would steal stuff from counters.  Now, no food is left out of cabinets.  We have essentially baby proofed the house, for the snack attack dog.  So, the diet may also be part of the issue. 

I would kick up the exercise and see if it helps.  At least we are inching toward spring weather.  If it gets harder or worse, ask a vet for help.  Another thing to consider is maybe finding a doggy-daycare.  We drop our pups off one day a week during winter, which really helped in the physical exercise department, without completely bankrupting us.

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