Posted by: Tarryn | 2008/08/20

Strange Staffies

We own two gorgeous staffies. 1 Male who is 1 and a half and a female who is about 8 months. They are both very loved and spoily inside dogs. They are left outside when we go out, but they have a kennel for shelter. Recently they have turned into two uncontrolable terrors. They pull washing off the line and destroy t, they have pulled our curtains clean out of the wall and shredded them, they have also eaten almost all the plants in the gardenincluding the spikey palms. These all occur when we are out. The dogs have more than enough garden space to run and play. My boyfriend also works from home, so they are very seldom left alone for lone periods of time. Another strange habit that they seem to have picked up is licking the paint off the walls at home???? They both eat Hills and shouldnt be lacking in nutrients? Any suggestions would be great! Thanks

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Dear Tarryn

I can just the two dogs having a ball with your washing. The younger one is right in the middle of her teenage years and her behaviour fits that time of her life. She is the one that is likely to cause the trouble and will motivate the older dog to join in. It is very important that you take them out twice daily and get toys that can stimulate their minds a bit. Some people even go through the trouble of freezing blocks of food, hang it from a tree when they go out and the dogs keep themselves busy by jumping up and taking small bits of food off the block. Another option is to put the food in a "ball with holes". The concept is that they have to roll this ball till a piece of food drops out. This can take hours and usually takes the mind off destroying washing. The licking the paint of the walls is probably just behaviour that flows from general mischief. Other options to explore is to put them indoors in a confined area and use a DAP diffuser. This gives off a natural calming hormone. Nutricalm is a very good calmer and very natural that you can safely use to get them through this fase.

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Posted by: andre | 2008/08/21

Don' t you just love terriers :)

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Posted by: Carol | 2008/08/20

Your puppies have become teenagers .... doggie school and plenty of excersise will do the trick, looooooong walks daily.

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