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Dogs of distruction.
macluvin posted:
I just bought my first house, and the dogs love it. I have a german shepard/wolf and a black lab. The are outside most of the day with the underground fence. They are destroying everything. The drain off the house, the dryer vent, the tent gazibo doors, the fire pit name it. I had balls, that wasn't enough, so I got logs and big dog toys. A ball (like a bouy) and a fake dog toy tire. They love them when I am there, but it doesn't distract them while I am at work.
The Shepard even dug a hole upder the gazibo and she can fit her whole body under it. I bought her a dog loo, but they don't seem to use it ever!!
What can I do?
macluvin responded:

They look so quiet here!
Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Congrats on your new house! Not so much on the doggie destruction...

First off, how much sustained aerobic activity are your dogs getting each day? One of the first steps I take when confronted with these cases is to increase the daily activity and interaction. You've got some big, high-energy dogs that need lots of exercise...or else. I know it can be tough with busy schedules, but that's part of the contract we signed when we brought dogs into our lives. Start with a brisk 30-minute walk/jog in the morning before work and repeat when you get home. If you're too busy, consider a doggie day camp that integrates exercise and play. While I could describe many, many behavioral modification steps for you to take, the first step is the easiest and often most effective. A tired dog is a happy dog. Besides, the exercise will make you fell better, too!

Good luck and happy walking! Dr. Ernie
macluvin replied to Ernie Ward, DVM's response:
Thank you!!


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