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Discussion in 'Puppy Forum' started by Whinpin, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. Robins mum

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    Crikey! Welcome to MY WORLD! You got a dog deal with it! I’ve also had my home completely trashed! We’ve come through it!

    Mine chewed anything and everything! My very expensive handbags shoes every inch of wood would be lying on the floor roll over and bite straight through any cable I was stupid enough to have left I hidden! IN A SPLIT SECOND! He literally would tear a whole length of wallpaper off the wall in a second! He pulled the pond liner up and emptied the pond !

    listen to this part VERY carefully! I moved! He is still left for uptown 2-3 hours alone but he has only chewed a tiny mark on a cupboard corner in 8 weeks! Now I don’t understand why so I can’t really help you but I moved from a very large house and garden to being in a tiny caravan squashed with this ginormous young dog! I’m sure you will come through this some digs have very high play drives I used to set up puzzles if all sorts when I was going out -! He ALWAYS had completed them all before I had even closed the door LMAO.

    I feel for you I really do but I am sure you will come through this and I’ll tell you something else too if yours is anything like Robin it will all fade to total insignificance shortly and I wouldn’t swap him for the world!
    Wish you all the best and I’m sure you will get plenty of great advise on this site! There are some very wise knowledgeable folks on here!
     
  2. Whinpin

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    She is a pedigree sighthound. She tries to jump up when on the lead. When off the lead I tend to go where there are no other people. I am inbedding her recall at the moment and do not want any distraction for her. I have read that it hard for sight hounds to learn recall but I have to say she is doing really well with this.
     
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    Well done you! Robin is a Russian Wolf Hound! (Borzoi - long legs! ). He leaps all over the place abd I have had, and still are having, some very very difficult times with him! I have had great advise on this forum people like Judy N and Hemlock have a lot of experience with our type of hound! We will get there but one of the best things I did for Robin was to allow him to run with fast dogs! If you can set up a safe scenario you will find a great change in behaviour. Wait to recall your dog AFTER the other dog has been recalled for several times but ensure they have run for at least 20 minutes before recalling it is all about setting yourself up for success. Robin is still a little bugger if something is REALLY far more important but hold your nerve! Turn away and call again but don’t look back!!! Keep walking (and praying!). He will come! Have fun! They are babies for only a short time! We are now starting his 15th month! ‍♥️
     
  5. Hemlock

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    These are comments NOT criticisms.

    Great that the jumping is on-lead because you can take control of it.

    This is not for ever - this is for management now. Training is never 100% but management can be.
    You are taller and so can see further.
    When you see another person/dog approaching, you will see them first, so instead of trying to get PhD behaviour from a kindergarten dog, you just put some space between you and the approaching hazard. Stand in front of your dog so your body becomes a barrier. If she still reacts, you are too close, so move further away. It's quite all right to turn back, go to either side or back into some trees, bins or other cover. Distance is what you are creating.
    When you are far enough from the trigger, you dog will calm down. Give her time to relax. Then reward. This way she gets two rewards - one is that she is no longer close to the trigger, the other a very small yummy treat. Keep up the rewards until the trigger has gone by and do not let the trigger approach you. You will have to be quite forceful with some. "She's under training" can be useful.

    This is not a linear process. Some days she will tolerate triggers closer than others. Let her decide the distance. Eventually she will be able to keep "four on the floor" and let you pass others smartly quick-march no-messing about.
     
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    Hey Whinpin - she looks beautiful - persevere my lovely - we are all in this together.
     
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  7. Finsky

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    I've only quickly flicked through the replies so apologies in advance if I repeat any advice.
    Our youngsters are constant chewers, one more than other and even they have done some damage to slippers, blankets, dog beds etc. I would say we've escaped the worst by having endless supply of various kind of long lasting 'body part' chews. Ours have their own chew box where they can pick and choose what ever is right one for the each chewing moment. There is deer legs, pizzles etc. I also give once a day something 'less lasting' to chew as well to keep them from getting bored with the other ones. Good variety keep their jaws occupied and there is less chance them getting interested of what is ours. ;)
     
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    Fin sky can you tell Robin this! ♥️
     
  9. Finsky

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    Sure I will, bring him on...bit of dog whispering is my thing ;)
     
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    I think my dog gets off on chewing something she shouldnt. I have a few chews chucking around for her, pork roll, buffalo horn among other things. Left for 10 mins this morning while i went for milk. Came back to a table mat shredded. I know my fault for leaving it in easy reach. It is frustrating though!!
     
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    You are right she does, she get releif from anxiety she is feeling by chewing and toys thrown around are not of any value at all to her, she can pick them up as she pleases or not as the case may be, but something not around for her all the time or of yours is high value. Stolen is always better as far as dogs are concerned they are opportunists!

    Trouble is the life we lead provides our dogs with lots of anxiety so the list can be long and not at all what many of us associate with anxiety 'giving'.
     
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  13. Robins mum

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    Thank you
     
  14. Whinpin

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    Pam99
    I total agree with everything you said. I think they love to annoy you. I have now emptied my dining room of everything I do not want her to chew. Tomorrow she is on her own I have got her some cardboard tubes and other bit and bobs so we shall see. When my daughter picked her up today she had chewed one of her toys. I am fine with that at least it is not my skechers.

    Thank you to everyone who is helping me get through this. You really do want to scream.
     
  15. JudyN

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    No, they absolutely don't want to annoy you. Not unless your response when they do so gets them more attention - which can be seen as a positive even if you don't intend it to be. Though I dare say something that they sense you value more and don't want them to have may seem more desirable to them. What child wouldn't like to play with their parents' precious ornaments that they've been told they mustn't touch? And a successful raid of the worktop when you turned your back for a moment must be so rewarding!
     
  16. Inka

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    Yes it is the dog self rewarding, so it doesn't matter what you say/do when you arrive to find something gone or chewed up as the dog already 'self praised'...however if you do say/do something certainly thinking dogs do things to annoy you then all you do is make the dog more anxious ...humans do things to annoy people, but dogs are not human and don't think in those terms
     
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    Yep, I've never gone further than an exasperated 'Oi!' which does absolutely nothing to stop his smug look as he trots jauntily off with his prize. He does have some idea of right and wrong though - on one occasion he was browsing the worktop when I walked in. When he saw me, quick as a flash, he grabbed the dishcloth and then came over to offer it to me, as if he was offering me a bunch of flowers. Naturally, I took it with thanks, and rewarded him with a treat. I think he deserved it for showing initiative!
     
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    I do my very best to silently count to ten and not look and open the door and let them outside...then say it

    Caught in the act opportunity missed... your 'dishcloth flowers' ....I like it!....
     
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    Gosh! Nooooo! They do NOT do things to annoy you! They are only expressing how they are feeling! Trying to tell us something! The dog is CLEARLY distressed when you leave! Please stop thinking negatively and aggressively about the pup! I truly understand how hard it is! Honest Robin trashed my dining room and lounge but NEVER, NOT ONCE! Did I tell him off, or be irritable with him nor did I BLAME him! It is NOT the dogs fault!
    the dogs
     

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