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Posted by: Tania | 2012-10-17

Naughty Rottie

We have a 6 month old Rottie which are left alone during the day since we both have to work. Being left alone obviously bring great troubles with him being as naughty as can be. Digging holes to China (ok, maybe not that bad, but still), chewing on everything and pulling the sprinkler pipes and so forth. I don''t want to give him a hiding everytime he is nauhty since I have a 2 year old and another on the way. I''m scared he might turn aggresive towards them in future. Would an older, female dog help with the problem, or what can we do?

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Hi Tania, you have a young dog on your hands that is now entering the adolescent period and all that is happening is that he is totally bored/frustrated and probably lonely as well and is doing the only thing he knows how to help him cope.
Getting another dog at this stage, with the above behaviour will not help - you will end up with two dogs engaging in the behaviour!
this youngster needs to be taken out for daily walks, be left varied chew toys to keep him busy otherwise behaviour will just get worse.
Not punishing him is a good idea, as aggression only leads to aggresseion, plus, in order for a dog to realize that he is being punished for doing something, it has to happen 'in the act and at the precise moment'. Calling him to you and punishing him for something he did earlies will only lead to the dog thinking that he is being punished for coming to you! Please have a look at the article below to tell you how to build a digging pit which will keep him busier and also an article on Kongs and another on Chewing and Toys. Please get this dog out for walks as well, no matter how big your garden is. dogs live by their noses and your dog knows every blade of grass. To keep him confined without external stimulation is like you being locked in the bathroom every day! Links follow, thanks Scotty
http://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/digging-problems.html
http://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/chewing-and-toys.htmlhttp://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/50-ways-with-a-kong.html

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Posted by: tatiana | 2013-02-01

Hi There,

I have a 9 week rottie,and i must say he is extremelly busy and playfull.
At the moment his digging out plants,and bites on anything he can find.i take him to the plants that he damaged and shout at him,and sometimes smack him on his nose,should i be doing that?We have given him a small ball and some toys to paly with but he gets bored.We recently got a Jack Russell(7weeks old)and my rottie just cant seem to leave him alone,he bites his ears,tail and legs all the time.Should i just leave them to play?

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2012-10-19

Hi Tania, you have a young dog on your hands that is now entering the adolescent period and all that is happening is that he is totally bored/frustrated and probably lonely as well and is doing the only thing he knows how to help him cope.
Getting another dog at this stage, with the above behaviour will not help - you will end up with two dogs engaging in the behaviour!
this youngster needs to be taken out for daily walks, be left varied chew toys to keep him busy otherwise behaviour will just get worse.
Not punishing him is a good idea, as aggression only leads to aggresseion, plus, in order for a dog to realize that he is being punished for doing something, it has to happen 'in the act and at the precise moment'. Calling him to you and punishing him for something he did earlies will only lead to the dog thinking that he is being punished for coming to you! Please have a look at the article below to tell you how to build a digging pit which will keep him busier and also an article on Kongs and another on Chewing and Toys. Please get this dog out for walks as well, no matter how big your garden is. dogs live by their noses and your dog knows every blade of grass. To keep him confined without external stimulation is like you being locked in the bathroom every day! Links follow, thanks Scotty
http://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/digging-problems.html
http://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/chewing-and-toys.htmlhttp://www.friendsofthedog.co.za/50-ways-with-a-kong.html

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