Hi Guys, I don't mean to butt in (that's obviously not true) and am
certainly no expert but I have raised 9 puppies so have had some personal
experience. I just wanted to support what Dave said about the stuff you
smear on your furniture. While it may(?) work on some dogs, yours may
actually like the stuff; there's no accounting for taste. It's also, as Dave
said, a negative form of punishent. What I do with chewers does require you
to pay extra attention but, if you're consistent, it shouldn't take very
long. Every time you see your dog chewing at anything he shouldn't, simply
go up to him, don't say anything, remove the offending item or in the case
of furniture guide him away from it and give him something he's allowed. At
this point start taking to him and shower him with praise. The Kong Dave
mentioned is great. They also come round in the shape of a ball and the dog
can chase it all over the floor. Sox Loves his. Often the dog does this out
of boredom so get Chuck to chase him around the yard a few times.
I hope I haven't offended you Dave, you obviosly have much more knowledge in
this area than I do but, if the discussion is about dogs, I can't seem to
stay out of it.
>From: "Whipps, David" <David.Whipps@equitas.co.uk>
>To: "'angel'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: FW: [MOL] Dog Ob./ David/Lillian
>Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 11:43:13 +0100
>Great Danes are lovely, when I eventually get my working from home
>I want to get a Dane and possibly an Irish Wolf Hound. Anyway, back to
>business. There are two schools of thought on this one, the first, I don't
>advocate, but will tell you anyway. Like pepper sprays you can use to get
>cats out of your garden, there is a product that is available (made by
>Petzyme so I think it is available in US) that you smear on areas that the
>dog is interested in, (Its supposedly non-staining) that tastes Bitter. In
>theory the dog tries to chew on the areas, gets a nasty taste, and learns
>not to do so. Personally I don't like this method, but have heard that its
>Now, if you remember, in my last 100 page mail about training, I said that
>toys should be yours and you allow the dog to play, and remove them when
>want the game to stop, in the case of chewers, its slightly amended. Have
>you heard of a Kong? its like a cone shape toy made out of rubber. They
>are very strong, I demonstrate this by sticking my fingers in one, and
>allowing my friends German Shepherd to bite down on the toy and chew it!!
>If you get one of these, you can fill it with soft food, and stick it in
>freezer so the food gradually melts and keeps the dogs attention. this can
>get a bit messy, so put in dried food, that needs to be forced in so its
>hard for the dog to remove.
>Another way, and this is only if you have the time, is distraction
>If your there with the dog and can spot it starting to chew, try and be
>out side dogs line of vision, and call him/her. Offer a treat or reward
>when he comes to you, and then walk away. This takes some time, and alot
>spying on the dog. Try not to scold the dog if you spot him in the act of
>chewing as this sometimes works the same way as with kids and provides a
>negative feedback loop.
>Let me know if you have tried any of these already and if so, I will check
>with my class and see what other offers I can get.
>PS: any online photos of your dog?? I would love to see them.
>From: Lillian [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: 07 August 2000 14:31
>Subject: [MOL] Dog Ob./ David
>David, you once gave expert advice on dogs. The part about never allowing
>your dog to be higher than you has worked very well. Not easily done all
>the time, we have a Great Dane. May I ask for another piece of your wise
>wisdom? How does one get their dog to stop chewing on furniture; etc.?
>Would appreciate your help, thanks, your friend, lillian
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