One good trick: When he starts to chew on the couch, gloves, etc., place a toy in his mouth and hold his mouth shut for a few minutes. It may seem cruel to some, but it will not hurt him.
This will teach him that he is supposed to chew on the toys and not the couch, gloves, etc. Also, remove any toys that may be the same texture as the furniture. Your dog's toys should be of a material unlike other material in your house.
We buy toys made of rubber, bone or raw hide.
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Puppy starter kit? Good idea?
and non etable chew toys?
Puppy packs vary but all should contain information. In South Africa a puppy pack contains a sample of dog food and a booklet - I feel they should contain a bowl, a toy and a chewy of sorts something like a hoof.
Good luck with getting a new puppy. Your existing dog will enjoy the company. Take your dogs to dog school and you will enjoy a better more positive relationship with them.
Regular walks will also reduce the amount of time your dog spends digging. Try getting a KONG toy. Speak to the local reputable pet store and hear what they suggest.
I also think a BUSTER CUBE is an excellent toy. Try playing ball with your dog - great game but you keep the ball when you are finished. Remember games are twice as much fun when shared - so play with your dogs every day!
I think my dog might have brain damage!?
I highly doubt it's brain damage, but in fact a lack of socialization and learning as a pup.
It could be possible that she was taken from her mother too soon and in fact does not know how to interact with other dogs or even know how to play. Maybe the previous owners would talk in a "sweet" voice to get her to come to them, then beat the hell out of her (poor thing :( ). She obviously was not trained well to the leash or even with housetraining.
Just keep working with her. It's great to know that she has a good home now.
When she greets me, why does my dog bring me a toy?
It's hard to tell without other information. My cocker carried a toy with him everywhere he went. I think he just liked the attention he got because it made him "cute".
He went to my place of business everyday and the store looked like we ran a day care.because of all his toys. But when a customer came in he went immediately to his toy box and selected something to take to the customer.
He liked to share. Some time a customer would bring in their dog and he would give them a toy also.
Problem taking toys from dog?
When my child was younger he lost toys to the dogs. He also learned to tidy up his room. Your dog is showing you who is in charge, and it isn't you.
He gives up doggy toys because they don't mean as much to him. The child's toy was sought and captured; great prize. I wouldn't like to suggest anything online for you to do yourself because you may get bit.
Find a trainer who is willing to work with you and the dog. Have you gone through a basic obedience course with him? Often people don't realize how "in charge" their dog is until they get into an obedience class and Fido is no longer the easy-going guy (because he is no longer making the decisions)
DS: Multiple dog owners.
Do your dogs form "mini packs"?
I have weird dogs,LOL, I have 5 dogs total and most of the time we have 2 mini packs,3 dogs that usually hang out together,follow each other around and sleep in a "clump" on my rug,although 2 of them will get a hair crossed the wrong way on occasion and they'll boot the other dog out,they'll completely ignore him and literally snub the poor little dude.The other two keep there "pack" maintained all the time,my one dog is DA so she cannot socialize with the other 3 but her other "pack" member(which she gets along with,I told you they were weird) will on occasion cross over into the 3 dog pack,she usually just plays with em' and than leaves,LOL
Our female dog plays with a squeaky toy and whines?
One of my female dogs use to do this when she was close to coming into heat. It was a good warning signal for me. Keep an eye on her for a while as that might be the reason.
Although it is not cheap, please consider, if she is not a pedigree dog from whom you plan to breed, having her desexed. The same thing goes for male dogs. Remember that these are dogs, not people, and if you have entire males and females you run the real risk of finding yourself looking after puppies you didn't really want, apart from the mess of females in heat, and possible aggression and wandering with entire males.
Alternative to rope dog toys for tough chewers?
I think your idea of buying men's long socks is a good one. I always do this for my puppies.
If you tie a knot in the middle of the sock it will serve the same purpose as a rope chew. I don't know about the empty water bottles though. These could be dangerous if they are plastic because the dog could chew large pieces of the plastic and they may cause an obstruction in his intestines.
My young dogs love to drag the fleeces from their beds so I decided to cut an old one into long wide strips and now they play tug of war with these. They seem to last a lot longer than the expensive toys I have bought in the past.
We just bought our dog a new toy and now she is protective of it just like if it was her own pup, why?
Take away that toy and NEVER give it back to her again. How are you raising this dog? Is she being treated like a dog or a human?
Who is setting the rules in her pack, you or her? Is she being trained properly on a leash and choker? Does she get corrected when she makes mistakes?
These are all things that DO make a difference in the dog's mind, if not yours. Take away the toy and give her something you want her to have ONLY when you want to. YOU decide what that is, when she has it and for how long.
There should be no BS about you taking it away. Correct her HARD for any infraction of the rules.
Homemade toys for a Shorkie puppy?
Another person who fell for the "designer dog" scam. Yes, you were scammed. There is nothing you can do about it now, so just educate others.
Reputable breeders will never mix dog breeds purposefully because there is no standard to breed to. I recommend you spend money on just ONE more toy, a kong. With these toys you can stuff them full of treats which really keeps their attention.
Remember to always correct the dog for biting an inappropriate object (only if you catch her in the act!) and then redirect the behavior with a kong toy.
My dog is scared of everything including squeeky toys!
I know you sound like you're already doing that but he's really going to need a little extra sounds like or he may become a fear biter. I know two of my dogs were somewhat fearful and it kind of funny at times. Sometimes when I pick something up my Corgi will act like I'm going to beat the crud out of her but no one, as far as I know has every hit her.
She's just silly like that. I would just socialize that little fart every chance you get. And when he acts appropriately to something I would praise and or give a treat.
why dogs hump on people and toys?
He is not trying to mate.
He is showing you that he is the boss or the dominate dog in the pack. You need to leash train the dog and make sure you show him you are the pack leader and in the dominate position. Training should be done in these steps: Exercise, (a walk on the leash) discipline, (correcting any bad behavior), reward, (praising the dog for correct behavior).
All puppies try to hump, even females. It about dominance not the need to procreate. Make sure the dog is submissive to you when you walk and play.
Never let the dog lead you with the leash and when playing the dog should be taught to lay on it's back and you should rub it's belly. Never let the dog get on top of you while playing, it will assume dominance.
Do Your Dogs Willingly Share?
Very sweet. :o) Mine take turns, which is kind of like sharing. One chews on the rawhide while another watches intently and waits for the first dog to lose focus or walk away, so he/she can pounce and take it.
:o) They know they are not allowed to fight, so they have learned to wait patiently. Unfortunately, my latest foster dog seems determined to carry something in his mouth 24/7, which means anyone waiting for him is out of luck.Ive seen the chihuahua following him around, waiting for him to drop a rawhide, but he never does.
How can I get my dog to play with toys?
what you could try is getting a treat ball, if she is food oreintated thats how i got my dog to start playing, and just make like she cant get the toys, but after the second time of her trying to grab give it to her so she dont lose interest in it, then when shes been interested in that for awhile try giving her other balls and toys, also shes part terrier have you thought of buyinig her a little cat toy buit its one of those fluffy mouse toys cats get, terriers go nuts for those
Money saving dog supply ideas?
I don't know if your city does this, but you might want to check out your local freecycle websites.
They are great. You just request at these freebee local websites what you need and you communicate with other people who are giving things away and vice versa. And its all free.
Another great place if you shop online is: www.retailmenot.com where you can get discounts at your favorite stores.
Also, go to the Walmart Website and click on free samples, and usually there are free pet samples for your dog or cat. Sometime the samples are good size. Good luck.
how to know who is alpha out of dog pack?
There tends to be only one Alpha but the ranks below can be less obvious. The Alpha tends to be the dog (usually male but could be female) with the most assertive personality and not necessarily the biggest of the bunch or the most vocal.
Start with the oldest as rank has to be earned in dog society, watch them closely and note their behaviour towards the other dogs. If the other dogs allow them to sniff their privates without complaint and/or if the other dogs roll over and lift their back legs to them often then there's a good chance this is the alpha. If not then look for the same with the next oldest dog in the group.
There are other signs of Alpha dogs but this is probably the easiest to see quickly.