Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bad Dog. Bad!

Moose's newest preferred chew toys are picture frames. The first frame to go down housed a picture of my old Airedale Terrior, Indy. I thought he was telling me to just let her go.  Then it was of his own girlfriend, Lilli and now a pressed tree leaf.  My theory was smashed.
A tired dog is a good dog
Unfortunately, he doesn't discriminate whilst chewing much. This week he claimed the AT&T remote, opened up my Skype cam/mic, and destroyed my roommate's book about God. He has no shame!

I thought he had at outgrown these behaviors but over the last several weeks the surprises have become frequent. I know it is his separation anxiety and need for more exercise. When I get home on a day of destruction, I usually find Moose ears back, tail between the legs, and under the dining table.  He knows he's done wrong! 

I really, really do not want to put him back in a crate. I need some help, people! Suggestions?


  1. Lordy. I only crate my kids, not dogs, so I am no help here. What about dog school? Hell I don't know. I think a crate would do the trick while you're gone during the day, or can you at least put him in a bathroom with a baby gate up or something? BAD DOG, MOOSE. GO LAY DOWN. That's the extent of my dog knowledge.

  2. OMG. Just thought of something. KYLE WORKS FOR PETSMART. He runs the store in Avon. I will ask him! He will know what to do!

  3. Chewing is a common problem with dogs that start feeling frustrated or just feel curious about their sorroundings, a very important part of training our dogs is to stablish what objects are ok to chew and what is out of the limits, is what stablishing boundaries is about.
    If the behaviour is caused for frustration, extensive physical activity help fixing the problem, frustration is most time caused for exessive of energy that is not is addressed properly.
    About chewing due curiosity, it is important rather than removing the object from the dog's reach, to correct them every time they try to reach somthing that doesn't belong to them, always being sure their "chewing toys" are available...

    .... Puppies are curious by nature, that is how they learn about the world and that is why I strongly suggest to kennel them once we are gone, because as soon as the lamp's wire or any electrical object become the target of their curiosity, the puppy may end up electrocuted....

    Often I try to post blogs about issues like this and others at