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Canem & Josie May 16th, 2002 10:31 AM

Destructive Behaviour
Advice please!

Dog who seems to enjoy chewing holes in walls.

It seems when Canem (or Josie, we haven't really caught them at it so can't identify the culprit) is nervous or annoyed with us, he will start to chew the window mouldings and even the walls themselves.

We can go for weeks with no damage and then within the space of two days it starts again. then stops. Of course never when we are around so that we can scold them at the time it occurs, always whilst we are out (and sometimes for less than 10 minutes). By this time they seem to have forgotton who did what and there is no evidence of who was at fault.

We do scold both dogs, however are concerned that scolding the one dog that is not at fault will perhaps do more damage than help.

Any advice please, suggestions - and yes I have considered giving up work!!!!

binky6 November 24th, 2002 11:01 AM

Hi there Canem and Josie,

First off stop scolding your dogs!! It does no good whatsoever because you are scolding them a long time after the bad behaviour has occured.

Dogs have very very short term memories. This means that by the time you scold them they have forgotten why they are being scolded.

You can scold a dog ONLY WHEN THE INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR IS ACTUALLY OCCURING. That way they learn to associate the bad behaviour with the scold.

If you already knew this...sorry for the drawn out explanation.

Ok now the problem,

I wouln`t give up work...we all have to work.

They may be doing this destructive for many reasons....
One of the reasons may be boredom. Try and get some chew toys or Kong toys in particular and fill them with treats. Chewing will often alleviate a dog`s boredom. Also music or tv on when no one is home may also help alleviate boredom.

and if it`s not boredom...then perhaps you may try to use a bad tasting spray on the mouldings. They sell repellents for dogs (even on this site) that will deter your dog from chewing in specific areas.

Perhaps a combination of these suggestions may help.

Hope that helps.

Binky 6

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