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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-25-2020, 07:54 AM
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You can use it to your advantage. Make it a hide and seek game for stimulation





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Lu loves to chew....socks, underwear, anything firm. She does not chew furniture but has been known to grab food from a plate left out.

My solution has been to give her those things at certain times she can count on. That way she doesnt eat something bad and she gets her treats. It has worked well for us though we give up our socks each day to her.





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If we suddenly notice that he's...

1. not with us (he ALWAYS is)

and

2. is being REALLY QUIET

That means he's up to no good.
I swear my Havanese learned this from DS, because when heís quiet I know heís up to something, too!
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I do think they get better after teething, but some things, like paper towel, cardboard, and paper products are just too irresistible.

Mechanical pencils are mineís greatest temptation, I have no idea why! They are destroyed almost immediately if left out. I recently had a big project that involved a lot of laying large pieces out on the floor and marking with a pencil and sometimes I would lose multiple in a day because it only takes a second for him to chew the tip shut. He will even climb on an end table for a mechanical pencil and he wonít even do that for food. He has been laying on the sofa while Iím working on the floor and I have made a mark, laid down my pencil, and have gone to pick it up 30 seconds later and the pencil was gone, and I didnít even realize he had moved! I had to start using a pencil box to protect my lone pencil.
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I love reading these - because it always reminds me how lucky I am. Since we got Perry at 8 months old (he's almost 4 now), the number of things he's "destroyed" I can count on one hand (and he's been home alone with my housekeeper during the day with very little supervision most of that time).
1) He once tore a very small piece off the spine of a book (the bookshelf goes all the way down to the floor and one of the books must have had a small tear that was too good to resist).
2) He's ripped up maybe 2-3 tissues or papers - but only ones that are on the actual floor for an extended period of time. The bathroom garbage can is very low but he's never taken anything out of it (and he has free run of the house, including the bedroom because his water bottle hangs off his crate).
3) he once figured out how to get his food bowl, that was sitting on the coffee table, onto the floor with very little spillage (I moisten his food so it was very wet - still no idea how it didn't splash all over the table/ floor!)
4) he once grabbed his himalayan chew off of the coffee table (I had left it on the very edge)

He always has plenty of toys around and will grab one of them when he wants to chew or tear or throw things around

Lest you all think that he's a perfect little angel... he still will bark hysterically at my husband (which does not help the hubby-Perry relations at all!) which means I am constantly on high alert to keep track of where tehy both are and try to distract Perry when my husband is entering a room so he doesn't do that, and he constantly goes to the gate in the yard to bark at the neighbor's dog, our guards, anyone around and won't come when I call him away from there (I covered the bottom half of the gate - so now he just stops higher up on the stairs to bark - the only positive is that it's less stairs for me to walk down to get him!)
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Melissa - amazing that Perry is so "good"!. Willow barks at the UPS truck and anyone that comes up the driveway. We have rural mail delivery and our box is at the end of the driveway. She used to bark whenever the mail delivery person came but doesn't so much anymore. Sometimes just a little growl. She'll bark, however, if she sees the mail come and we are not in the same room with her. At least I know the mail has come!

One of the first things she destroyed was the door stopper. We have these stoppers that are kind of like a spring with a rubber tip on the end so the door doesn't bang into the wall. I was in my office with my back to her and could hear the spring going boing, boing. I thought "how cute - she's batting the door stopper". Finally turned around and saw that what she was doing was chewing on the rubber tip. So that stopper no longer has a tip.



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I swear my Havanese learned this from DS, because when heís quiet I know heís up to something, too!
And I think they learn it from the husbands! LOL!


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Melissa - amazing that Perry is so "good"!. Willow barks at the UPS truck and anyone that comes up the driveway. We have rural mail delivery and our box is at the end of the driveway. She used to bark whenever the mail delivery person came but doesn't so much anymore. Sometimes just a little growl. She'll bark, however, if she sees the mail come and we are not in the same room with her. At least I know the mail has come!

One of the first things she destroyed was the door stopper. We have these stoppers that are kind of like a spring with a rubber tip on the end so the door doesn't bang into the wall. I was in my office with my back to her and could hear the spring going boing, boing. I thought "how cute - she's batting the door stopper". Finally turned around and saw that what she was doing was chewing on the rubber tip. So that stopper no longer has a tip.
Well, when you think about the delivery man thing from their perspective, they are 100% successful at making that "big bad truck" go away. It's AWFUL heavy reinforcement we're working against. And for those of us with multiple dogs... there is the added fun of doing it as a "gang". I've pretty much given up on that one! LOL! I DO expect them to stop when either I answer the door or the delivery truck leaves. Often I DON'T answer it, so I purposely don't "feed the frenzy". They are MUCH better about stopping barking when someone's actually ENTERING the house. As soon as it's clear to them that the person has a right to be there (or if it's someone that they know well) they stop right away.

The funniest thing, though, is that my cleaning man says that if I'm NOT home when he comes, they are quiet as mice. Some watchdogs! If I'm not there for "back-up, they aren't so sure of themselves! LOL!


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Well, when you think about the delivery man thing from their perspective, they are 100% successful at making that "big bad truck" go away. It's AWFUL heavy reinforcement we're working against. And for those of us with multiple dogs... there is the added fun of doing it as a "gang". I've pretty much given up on that one! LOL! I DO expect them to stop when either I answer the door or the delivery truck leaves. Often I DON'T answer it, so I purposely don't "feed the frenzy". They are MUCH better about stopping barking when someone's actually ENTERING the house. As soon as it's clear to them that the person has a right to be there (or if it's someone that they know well) they stop right away.

The funniest thing, though, is that my cleaning man says that if I'm NOT home when he comes, they are quiet as mice. Some watchdogs! If I'm not there for "back-up, they aren't so sure of themselves! LOL!
Perry's barking drives my husband nuts - I can't seem to get him to understand that you can't have thousands of years of guard dog breeding and then expect them, just because they're in the house, to NOT bark at things. From a dog perspective, his barking makes perfect sense (except the barking at my husband, but I have my own hypotheses about that too). A car pulling into the parking area by the house, my neighbors dog going crazy, someone walking up the stairs into our yard, someone at the door, even our guards (though only the guys) walking across the yard - barking at them all make sense. We're still working on Perry stopping when I ask him to - he will stop if I stand up and stand in front of him and tell him to be quiet, that it's all fine... he won't if I stay seated

As for my husband, I definitely know there's something about Perry being startled (my husband moves very quietly around the house - he startles me sometimes!) and I think there's something about him being in a shadow/ coming from a darker room into the other rooms, etc. I do wonder if Perry has some vision issues (distance/ darkness) that mixes with his already slightly suspicious nature when it comes to men - I have to remember to ask the vet to check his eyes (if she can) during his next visit.

My husband also says that Perry doesn't bark etc as much when I'm not home - I don't know if that's just because my husband glares at him or if there's something about when I'm around that makes him noisier, more protective, more of a brat
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Everyone at our house has to be very! careful before opening the Front Door when UPS, Fed Ex or anyone who shows up. Fortunately both UPS and Fed Ex have learned to NOT ring the door bell. Even though everyone is aware Patti a Lightening Flash when she knows someone's at the front door, occasionally things just happen.

The last time (I hope it's the last time) she streaked out the door Patti chased the Fed Ex Truck out of the driveway into the street, barking like crazy. Barefoot, daddy was following. Fortunately, there was no other traffic and as soon as the Fed Ex truck was out sight Patti came running back.

Patti LOVES! to bark whenever someone is outside the house. She, also, gives a bark at DH when he comes into the bedroom and is in with me but I think it's because he is quiet and surprises her. After a quick bark, then her tail starts wagging.

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