(Closed) Oh law'd help us!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@krayzay87:  Two days ago my basset girl decided that sleeping is for shit dogs. She chewed my two favourite pairs of shoes and my slippers. She toppled an ornamental vase and proceeded to chew the decorational sticks with cermaic balls in the vase. The vase now sports a deep crack and will have to be thrown away. She got hold of a whole box of tissues and scattered it everywhere….bits of tissue as far as the eye can see. She went to work on our other dog’s bed, ripping out the stuffing.

 

I made FH buy me new shoes because when i heard the ruccus early in the morning he told me to go back to sleep, the dog is just playing… :/

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@krayzay87:  I think we just got two breeds that can be very destructive and our lab is testing the boundaries again and being naughty because there’s a new pup in town. 

 

What you have it two young, high-energy breeds, (you thought the lab was bad, welcome to husky ownership).  They need physical and mental stimulation…a tired dog is a good dog.  Dogs that are bored find ways the entertain themselves.  Humans call it “being destructive,” but dogs just call it “fun.”

 

You left them alone unsupervised in the yard.  They got bored.  Your older dog said to the new dog, “Hey, wanna know what’s super fun?!  Ripping bark off of trees!”  And the puppy said, “You’re right, this is awesome!” 

 

My dog has a basket of toys.  Only two of them will he actively seek out and play with on his own.  The rest are fun IF we are playing, too, but if we’re not involved, they go unused.  So a yard full of toys doesn’t mean the dogs are going to find them more interesting than say, a smelly pair of shoes.  

 

For their own safety, they should not be in the yard or loose in the house unsupervised.  If your adult dog is reliable to be left out in the house alone, that’s great, but at a minimum you need to be crating the puppy.  Chewing apart bark and branches isn’t healthy…a sharp enough piece could puncture your dog’s mouth,  or worse if s/he happened to swallow it, (this is also why experts advise against playing fetch with your dog with a wooden stick).  And chewing apart shoes is a great way to get an intestinal blockage.  You could be talking hundreds of dollar in surgery bills to remove a blockage, (more if it’s emergency surgery).  Blockages can also KILL a dog, if not caught soon enough.

 

If you haven’t already done so, please research the energy needs of these two breeds, and age-appropriate exercise for your pup, (for example, short walks are great, but no on-leash running until her growth plates have closed).  If you fail to exercise these dogs, you may not have much of a yard left in a year or two when your husky’s energy level peaks.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@krayzay87:  growing up, my parents sheltie chewed a hole in the wall. Sheetrock and all..probably the size of a dinner plate

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

The bad stuff happens when they are left alone in the yard? Don’t leave them alone in the yard. Go out and play with them. 

We throw the ball for our retriever for a solid hour before he’s tired (and totally blissed out). Then we go for a walk about an hour later. 

 

The breeds aren’t destructive. They have energy and like having a job. Exercise them!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

oh i remember turning my back on my puppy to wash soem dishes and somehow she managed to scale her way up the sofa (mountaineer style) despite it being pretty high for such a little puppy and chew through my camera and phone chargers

ii counted being in same room as supervision but i was wrong!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our little rescue kiten eats anything paper, I say eats, she more shreds it and dribbles on it to make a lovely paste… The other day I found her in the kitchen chowing down on some paper towels… She has crazy amounts of energy so we just make sure to play with her for an hour or so a few times a day.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I agree with Miss Apricot 100%.

That said, you asked for stories on misbehaving pups, I don’t have much because in retrospect my dog was an angel (and still is) but he didn like to lick/chew the walls in his “bedroom”.  I still occasionally see him with his nose pressed up against it and his tongue on it (looking at me to see if I’m watching)… It’s pretty funny now, but at the time it was troubling.

@Flanders:  this makes me laugh (not that your house got destroyed, but the way it’s written is hilarious), Bassett’s are usually such couch potatoes, I can’t believe she was that busy!

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

When my dog was a puppy I left her alone in the laundry room ONCE. She had toys and a bone and I had picked up all the clothes and things so she couldnt get into anything. Boy was I wrong! I had left the door to her kennel open and just closed her in the room. And when I came home she had gotten the spare keys off the wall, a pair of shoes off the dryer, and ripped the dryer hose off and was just cuddled in her kennel with her collection! I have no idea how she did it, but I had to crate her when I left the house for a while until she chilled out with the chewing. I also took her for a run every morning and every night, and that helped a ton! She got all of that energy out and then was way better behaved. If they cant be left along crating them may be the way to go. Or getting a smaller dog run outside that they can still be outside but they cant get to the trees or anything else. 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@newname_99:  haha! My puppy did that too! Except I was in bed watching netflix or something on my laptop and I thought she was just cuddling at my feet… what she was really doing was chewing through my computer cord! I figured it out just in time to catch it zap her real good and her sit there all stunned and confused. I wasnt sure if I should be worried mad or laugh at her face. Lol

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Everytime I leave my dog home alone, she somehow finds the trash bag, tears it apart, throwing garbage all over the house, and her face stinks like the worst dead rotting garbage in the world.  It’s awful and the apt smells for days.  We now have to make sure we take ALL the garbage out of the house and to the dumpster before we leave the house.  She’s also eaten our couch…

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We crate our two younger dogs when we’re gone, but one day they somehow got out (we think we didn’t latch it all the way b/c we were in a hurry). I came home and freaked when I saw all three of them peaking their little heads up to see out the window. Needless to say, they caused absolute havoc. Chewed through a wooden ottoman, tore apart a bunch of mail that was sitting on a chair, and destroyed TWO pairs of my favorite pumps. They even got into my dresser drawers and ate a few bras. NOTHING of FH’s was touched of course! It took me forever to clean up the mess, and I’m still mourning the loss of my pumps because I can’t afford to replace them! 

My youngest dog (a lab mix) has a chewing habit. When she gets bored and the other dogs won’t play with her, she’ll trot into another room, pull something off the counter, and trot past one of us like “You know you want to punish me for this.” And then when we yell at her, she rolls onto her back and stares at us with whatever she stole hanging out of her mouth. It’s not fair that she’s too dang cute to punish!! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@wandering_gypsy:  She’s young still so I guess that’s why. She is close to sleeping a hole in the couch though 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@krayzay87:  Our little girl LOVE fetch! We’ve been using tinfoil recently which she loves, I guess because of the noise and feel of it. It is so cute!

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