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#1 MURRAY

 

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        Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:35 PM

We have a backyard full of acorns. How do you keep doggie from thinking they are there for him to play with and eat? Most days are pretty good with Murray- but then there are the days that he will do everything he KNOWS he's not supposed to do. Today was one of those days and boy it was a doozie! He takes the acorn and runs- if you tell him NO or DROP IT on days like this, he runs and chomps it down. Really testing the patience today- hopefully he gets over this craziness tomorrow. He's been good about the digging also until today- it's almost like he smells something underground... there have been some nasty white faced hornets lingering and the mosquitoes are awful- maybe he's aggravated by all the summer pests. Wish he could talk!

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        Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:32 PM

To stop him from going after the acorns u could put something bad tasting on them or a few of them that way when he picks them up he associates them with not being very nice which will make him not want to go near them again. Another thing u could do is buy some rawhide and sort of do a trade with him as he will get the same satisfaction. As for the digging u say hes in one of his moods maybe if u played ball with him and tired him out he wouldnt dig as it could be a sign that he is bored and just wants some attention.

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        Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:22 PM

I've tried sour apple spray but ran out- tried picking them up and tossing them but they're falling by the minute there are just too many. So- I keep his leash in my pocket and a couple pcs of his dog food and we trade. If he starts digging-I put the leash on him and bring him in. We haven't had much rain in Atlanta lately, but tonight it was/is coming down hard. And he took off like a nut again- but I had his leash and walked him by the mud hole repeating "leave it" about 10 times. We do play ball- he gets plenty of
exercise, attention and love- I think he's just gets extra
fiesty at times especially when it rains so hard. There so
are many little lakes and rivers in the backyard this
evening... Both of us had to hose off before we came in.
I'm going to get a shop vac and suck up the nuts. With the
digging, I just have to go outside with him every time he
goes out- no rawhides for Murray- if he chews one up
successfully, it gives him a belly-ache or he'll swallow a
chunk and barf it up. He will get a braided bully-stick here
and there but too exp to trade for all of the acorns. Luckily
he likes his food! Thanks for the advice- I need a 5 gallon
jug of sour apple !

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        Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:11 PM

I've tried sour apple spray but ran out- tried picking them up and tossing them but they're falling by the minute there are just too many. So- I keep his leash in my pocket and a couple pcs of his dog food and we trade. If he starts digging-I put the leash on him and bring him in. We haven't had much rain in Atlanta lately, but tonight it was/is coming down hard. And he took off like a nut again- but I had his leash and walked him by the mud hole repeating "leave it" about 10 times. We do play ball- he gets plenty of
exercise, attention and love- I think he's just gets extra
fiesty at times especially when it rains so hard. There so
are many little lakes and rivers in the backyard this
evening... Both of us had to hose off before we came in.
I'm going to get a shop vac and suck up the nuts. With the
digging, I just have to go outside with him every time he
goes out- no rawhides for Murray- if he chews one up
successfully, it gives him a belly-ache or he'll swallow a
chunk and barf it up. He will get a braided bully-stick here
and there but too exp to trade for all of the acorns. Luckily
he likes his food! Thanks for the advice- I need a 5 gallon
jug of sour apple !


If he chews up rawhides and bullysticks, then I recommend antler chews. They don't splinter or break, and are apparently great for power chewers. My pup has one, and she loves it. But she's not a power chewer. I talked with the lady at the store I bought them from, and she says they really last. And they aren't expensive either. Maybe you should look into those instead of rawhides?
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        Posted 08 September 2011 - 12:09 AM

Yep we have 2 deer antlers. I don't give him rawhides- he gets a braided bully stick about once a week..




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