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8/20/14 12:26 P

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HOUNDLOVER,

If the dog food used to be eaten and appetite dwindled over time there could be quite a number of possibilities wrong. The vet has cost $1,500 checking and testing my mother's 10 year old to find out why.
It wasn't an "I don't like what you give me anymore" type of thing.

While we are inspecting all possibilities, the Boston Terrier has been given an appetite stimulant that has stopped his disinterest and returned his ability to take food in. He had top of the line food and human favorites that no longer appealed over time and made us worry.

Have you found any successful solutions yet?

Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 8/20/2014 (12:27)
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8/17/14 5:50 P

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Hi
We got our dog 1 month ago from the Pound, he is 5 years old...we have no idea of what his life was like...but when I would be gone for a couple of hours he would chew-up floor mats, a quilt,...ect. I ask for advice from our Vet.--He said you need to train your dog. Bow has had 2 classes and has not chewed up anything in 9 days! Dogs need exercise, food and training. I really enjoy the classes, they are at Pet Smart and cost around $100 for 6 -one hour classes. I hope this helps-Blessings Suzi

I need to change-and with that said....lets do this!
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7/19/14 11:05 A

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i give my dogs chew toys.

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7/19/14 10:25 A

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If dogs are not eating there food it can be a sign that they need different nutrients or are sensitive to certain ingredients in their food. Many dogs have negative reactions to grains of any kind. You may want to try a meat-based diet. Many people have good success feeding a raw meat and bones diet, which also satisfies the dog's need to chew in a healthy way. Common foods that are used are raw chicken necks and backs. There are several good yahoo groups about this and also many other resources online.
Even a high quality canned food will provide better nutrition assuming it contains mostly meat and most dogs will prefer it over kibble.
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7/19/14 8:52 A

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Thanks, right now she is running around the house, one more thing about her, she refuses her food, I guess until the point shes starving. But if there is a blade of grass or any foreign thing on the floor she eats that.
But a friend told me today, her dog was chewing up one wall and they took him to the vet and the vet told them to check that wall for moisture or mildew and sure enough they had mildew.
The vet told them dogs will chew areas that are mildew or moist, so, this wall is right on the other side of our bathroom, so I am going to have that checked out as well.
She just has some odd behaviors.


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7/19/14 12:50 A

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If you're not gone from home very often and not for more than a few hours then I would find nothing wrong with putting her in a crate (the sturdy metal or plastic type) with a few chew toys. The rest of the time I would let her have the run of the house or at least one floor so she can be near you.
Some of the chewing will probably stop once she's a little older.

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7/18/14 10:09 P

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Oh but I do thank everyone for their suggestions.
I will keep working with her, hopefully, she gives up this love for paneling and wallpaper.

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7/18/14 9:20 P

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oh and i dont work. so the most shes alone is a few hours once or twice a week while i go shopping or run errands. at the moment, shes laying in the chair next to me. seperation anxiety?
i might need to find her a home where the person never leaves at all. no.
this happened while i was home.

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7/18/14 9:15 P

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she was never left alone while i was on vacation. she stayed with a relative. i appreciate everyones replies. but i think a few misunderstood. she isnt put in the crate for anything oter than sleeping, and of course on days like today when she does destructive behavior. i was home at the time she did this, i know anxiety plays a role sometimes. but this dog chews wood anytime she can get to it. outdoors during playtime, she carries sticks to the porch to chew on. but i cant allow her to chew up the walls.
she has many toys and chewie treats,
she isnt locked away, when shes in the utility room she can still see me and hear me.
the play pen was more to keep her from getting off the porch until we could fix it she couldnt.
we have neighbors whose dogs run lose and im afraid one would injure her.
i honestly think it is just her behavior.
the lady who has her brother says that he is even more destructive.
but no this isnt my first house dog.
i had a pom for nine years until he passed.
this dog just really loves crunchy things.
like when i dropped a piece of dry spagetti, before i could reach her she was gone under the table eating it.
that i can handle, but not destroying my home.


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7/18/14 4:48 P

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I agree that it's separation anxiety. Leaving her to go on vacation made it even worse. Now the symptoms occur even when you are there. And getting another critter might help with that. The crating won't help with this anxiety, wouldn't the dog just feel punished since it's not used to this?

I thought houndlover's reply was spot on. Next time look for a breed that doesn't mind being left alone so long (if there is such a breed).

Good luck. I know it's tough.


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7/18/14 4:14 P

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soft val,
your baby isn't bad, she is in dire need of social time and bonding and training

Apple bitters never worked for me but training school (for me) did teach me how to help him.
She will never adjust to the way you want her to live, so why exactly did you get her if she can't be your companion?

I ask in all sincerity and have no intention of sounding judgmental. Puppies need a ton of time and attention. Have you raised other little dogs or only had yard dog experience? Those soft cages you tried don't work. And when my pup in the past was separated from me and fostered by a friend because I couldn't keep him, the dog was put in the bathroom and would rip it up trying to get out. He came back to me fortunately and was the best companion ever, but if your lifestyle isn't dog accommodating, let him grow up where he can be.

I so hope I have not offended you in any way. I might be totally misunderstanding your situation and am sorry if I'm talking 'out of my hat'. Best to you.

Dale

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7/18/14 3:17 P

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Bitter Apple will fix the symptom but not the cause, so only helps in the short run. Your dog has most likely separation anxiety. We assume that it is normal for a dog to be alone 9 or more hours every day while we are at work. But many dogs are so social they do not do well alone that much and express their anxiety by chewing. You may want to consider another dog as a companion or at least a cat. Social isolation is no big deal for some breeds and extremely painful for others. If getting another pet as a companion does not work I would consider finding your dog a home with someone who is home more than you are.
The fact that your dog is now showing this behavior when you are home means that she feels isolated in the room she is limited to. Maybe let her have the run of the house when you are home so she can be with her. We are the only family that our dogs have since we took theirs away from them.
Birgit

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thanks for the reply, i will try the spray, as for the muzzle, no go. i had purchased the smallest one i could find for her when she was going to be spayed, knowing she might try to chew her stitches.
and it was just too big, she has a very short snout and she could just wrestle it right off, so i tried a cone.
i might have to start putting the cone on her just to see if she can still chew with it on.
i bought her a portable play yard, like a play pen, made out of vinyl the bottom is made of mesh with velcro to hold it on, well, she figured out how to wiggle her little self right under the velcro til she worked it loose.
she is a houdini, so keeping her in that room seemed to be working.
we had to block the corners of the door way with heavy objects, but then she just moved on to the wall on the other side.
i have thrown my hands up in the air.
if Honey had his way, she would stay outdoors all the time except at night when she is sleeping in her crate.
She is too small to fend for herself outdoors, but I am considering blocking in the porch so she has room to run around thru the day.
But the porch is made of wood, she would probably chew thru and escape.

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Get bitter apple spray (available at most pet stores) and spray where she is chewing. You can feel free to spray it everywhere she is chewing things she shouldn't be chewing (i.e. shoes, furniture, etc.). I would suggest crate training as well. You shouldn't be afraid to have them in their crate, they should love it. Based on what you have already said about your dog I would definitely NOT get a soft crate since she would probably chew through it. If you still aren't willing to put her in a crate, muzzle her while you are gone which is much more cruel in my opinion. I would definitely make sure that you are exercising your puppy vigorously and taking training classes. A lot of people think that since they have a small dog that they don't need to take obedience classes. BIG MISTAKE.

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I need help and advice dog lovers.
I have a 9 month old pom/peki mix, and she is more destructive than a 50 pound dog.
She has been fixed, and as far as I knew, she was finished teething.
But lately she has started chewing on the wooden strips that go around the edges of my door and wall in the utility room.
I have never noticed her doing this elsewhere in the house, although she does chew paper, mostly papertowels if she can get to one before I can.
But the damage she did today is going to cost the price of a whole new piece of paneling.
I do keep her in that room when I have to be gone very long. But it is open to the kitchen and she can see the living room from there as well.
I keep a baby gate up to keep her in and leave the tv on if I am gone.
She is provided with plenty of chew toys and chewie treats.
Food and water as well.
Today I was actually home when she did this behavior and I didnt notice in time to keep her from causing that much damage.
The last few weeks she has not been eating well, and I thought it was just anxiety from us being gone on vacation and leaving her with a relative.
The last two days her appetite had come back and she seemed to be settling back to routine.
So, I have no idea what is making her do this, chew up the wood and now the paneling and paper.
I am at my wits end.
I have tried with this dog since I have had her, but its one problem after another.
What is causing her to do this???
What can I do???
I hate crating her the whole entire time I am gone, but now the behavior occurs with me home.
I dont know what else I can do and its really causing stress in my relationship.

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