Posted by: Frustrated | 2008/10/01

Puppy - destroying plants etc.

We have a beautiful 3 month old puppy. He is a poodle X " sausage dog" .

The problem is his naughtiness. He refuses to leave our plants alone. We moved into a new home and are currently planting new flowers and trees, but each night we come home and he' s destroyed all of them!! He would actually eat the whole little tree that we' ve planted. He would also tear apart any small carpets, newspapers, soft toys, etc that he can find.

He is not alone in the days. We have a 2 year old Labrador X Alsatian as well. My mother is also at home during the day and we give him lots of love and attention at night.

What can we do to keep him away from the flowerbeds?? He would also run in from outside and make a wee on the carpets.

Please give any advise as we are not sure what to do anymore.

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Dear Frustrated

At that age they are very naughty and need lots of attention and stimulation. Your mother needs to interact with the puppy. The older dog may not give the puppy any attention either. There are lots of 'clever' toys available that can keep them busy for long but without a bit more imput this behaviour will continue till the puppy is older than a year.

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Posted by: WR | 2008/10/01

Take him (and the other dog) for a walk in the morning OR put fencing around the gardens OR lock him away in the day time. Puppies are energetic and if the can' t burn energy by walking etc they will look for other ways. Naughty to you is NOT naughty to him!

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Posted by: Mandi | 2008/10/01

He is NOT being naughty - he is simply being a puppy. Taking care of a puppy is bloody hard work and you need lots of patience. Puppies chew –  that’ s what they do.
New plants and soil is a whole new world for your puppy to explore. Rather leave the planting until he is a bit older or make sure there is a barrier between puppy and garden.
Make sure he has lots of chewy toys –  especially raw hide bones and things. Give him new things to play with on a regular basis.
As for the house training –  take him outside when he wakes up after a nap or after a feeding and wait with him outside until he does his business. When he urinates outside, praise him and make a fuss. Puppies don’ t know that it’ s not okay to urinate in the house, you have to teach him.

Just remember –  no matter how busy we keep puppies or how many toys we give them, they never grow up without leaving some sort of damage in their wake. Either you choose to accept this or you make other arrangements.
Good luck!

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