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Q: Chewing

July 28, 2009 | By Kym C. | 4 answers | Expired: 1834 days ago

Chewing

HELP!!!! I have a 14 month old Aussie that is eating EVERYTHING!!! She was SOOOO good up until about 4 months ago, now I want to kill her!!! I have raised dogs forever, had Aussies forever and I am at my wits end!!! I dont know why she is doing this. She is active daily and I dont mean in the backyard which is big, she goes to the dog park,kids park,runs with the horses,plays hard with my other dog etc. She has rawhides,bones,bully sticks,a kong, toys etc. She used to be wonderful and now shes terrible. I know I can kennel her(which I prefer not to do) but can someone give me some other suggestions?????? I know she HATES it when I leave (most aussies do) but she goes out of her way to eat stuff. I make sure everything is picked up,trash is out,shoes are put away and she finds it. She will climb on shelves, open cabinets, get on the kitchen counters... Ive tried bitter apple (doesnt work) tabasco(doesnt work) PLEASE HELP ME

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Jillian
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Jul 29, 2009

one: don't watch the dog whisperer. he may be able to control dogs, but his methods are very controversial. actually, some of them are dangerous. never yank a dog leash, this can collapse their trachea. instead, watch 'it's me or the dog' on animal planet.
two: don't give your dogs bones. they can splinter and tear up their insides. use kongs instead.

my aussie hasn't chewed anything since she was a puppy, but she does have separation anxiety. instead of chewing, she lays around the house feeling depressed and use to refuse to eat. i'm sure you know they're submissive dogs and can have problems w/self confidence. you probably also know how hard it is to actually wear them out.
does your aussie only chew when you leave? i'm thinking your dog either has separation anxiety or she has anxiety period. if it is the latter, it's b/c she still doesn't have enough to do. at 14 months, they're overloaded w/energy and everything you listed does sound like she gets enough exercise but i have to wonder, is she doing all or most of those things every day? on the typical day, has she had enough to do mentally and physically to where her energy is running out? if she is a field line, she will need nearly twice as much exercise. if she can be taught to herd your horses, that could help considerably b/c it takes so much mental alertness.
i only wanted to point that out. it's entirely possible she is getting the exercise she needs. if her problem is separation anxiety, practice leaving and returning several times a day. all she needs to know is that you will come back and that you won't be gone 8 hours every time. practice leaving for intervals of 2 minutes, five, and twenty. be random about it, but always return...ignoring her when you do come back. go about your business as though nothing has happened. when you do leave, have the tv or radio on something she can associate w/you being there. also, try to find some more interactive toys aside from kongs. aussies need mental stimulation more than many dogs do. separation anxiety can be hard to correct, but luckily she is only four months into it. if you can give her at least an hour of heavy exercise before you leave, that should benefit the both of you.

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Cheryl
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Jul 29, 2009

Here is a trick one of the veterinarians I used to work for had clients try (me included). Take a large (very thick) soup-type bone that you get from the pet store and scoop in some peanut butter. Now freeze the bone. Try giving that to her when you leave the house. The frozen peanut butter will take a little time for her to retrieve. It works pretty well. I also use the Kong bones that you put treats in. Get her chewing on things that are safe and meant for her - things that'll tire her out. Be careful with rawhide.....that can get swallowed in large chunks/block in the intestines.

Good luck!

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Debby
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Jul 29, 2009

If you had any major changes in your life style or schedule she could be acting out in stress.. one of the tips we use to keep their attention while left alone is putting peanut butter in a kong and freezing it.. it takes them longer to get through it.. you can always add treats in there to make it more time consuming..
I used to be against the dog crates but it is better than them getting into something that could kill them or make them seriously ill.

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PrinceFrederickMarz
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Jul 29, 2009

Well I think that you should watch the Dog Whisperer. I am not saying that your dog is bad, but you should contain her on a leash. As the dog whisperer says, you have to play the head role. When you have her on leash, and shes going to go something bad, yank the leash just enough to get her attention, then give her somthing that is acceptable for her to chew on. After a while, she is going to get the drift.

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