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SethBullock

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I used the search tool and didn't find a thread for our pets.

This is our 11 month old Great Pyrenees juvenile delinquent with a piece of wood he stole from the firewood and a towel he stole from the house. He has many dog toys, but his favorite things are things he's not allowed to have. Anything will do - the TV remote, a roll of toilet paper, clothes, towels, your eyeglasses - doesn't matter as long as it's not his. We love him anyway, though.

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HBS Guy

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We have a “critters” board but not important.

My dog liked one thing of ours she wasn’t supposed to have: food! Lead to her death, eating trash that damaged her stomach and blocked her bowel. I remember the time she stole and ate two heritage breed, pasture raised pork chops. I had put them out to warm from fridge temp. I even saw the bitch enter the kitchen as I left it but she was so casual about it I didn’t think she was after those chops!

The bitch as a young dog:

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johnsmith

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He has many dog toys, but his favorite things are things he's not allowed to have. Anything will do - the TV remote, a roll of toilet paper, clothes, towels, your eyeglasses - doesn't matter as long as it's not his.
:ROFL1

I can sympathize Seth.

I used to have a Doberman, Ceasar, that had a thing for my shirts. At the time I was single and still mingling, and made good money so I used to buy expensive clothes for my mingling. Anyway, Ceasar seemed to like the quality more than me because the first time I would wash them, he'd rip them off the clothesline. I'd always come home to find my new shirts torn to shreds. He never touched my old shirts or my painting clothes, just my new shirts. I tried everything i could think off to stop him, but because he usually did this while I was at work, I never caught him in the act. I hid water filled balloons in the sleeves so he'd pop them and get wet, tried rubbing chilli on them and a few other spices that I thought might work but nothing worked. After about 6 months and a couple off thousand dollars in clothes, I'd had enough. I started to set up a tarp under the clothes line that I planned to fill with water and connect a car battery to, with the other terminal going to the wet clothes. The plan was that as soon as he completed the circuit by grabbing the shirt, he'd get a small shock and hopefully learn to leave the clothes alone. I never followed through with the plan though because for some reason, on that same day I planned to put the tarp out, he stopped of his own accord. I came home and my shirts were still hanging and untouched. Maybe my months of yelling and pointing finally got though to him. Who knows.

The best part is that a few years later I got a female doberman I named Vixen. Unbelievably, she started doing the same thing. Again, only my newest and best clothes. She'd only done it 3 times when for some reason I don't recall, I was unusually home during the day. I saw her approach the clothes and I thought great, if I I catch her in the act, she'll know why she's in trouble and stop. But before I could open the window I noticed Ceasar sneaking up behind her, like he was on the hunt. A soon as vixen reached up to grab the shirt, Ceasar pounced up behind her and nipped her on her butt. She never touched my clothes again.

Ceasar got a nice big bone for a treat that day.
 

HBS Guy

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Dogs ARE predators—OK, some breeds not so much. Terriers—high prey drive

Terriers especially (Australian terriers are MUCH more efficient ratters than the UK ones.)

Terriers doing their thing:


Our Australian terrier cleaned up a big rat infestation by herself, no probs. Last rat she killed—nearly as big as herself but one bite back of its head and the rat was mortibus.

Demi killed three rats that we know of, also, in the last few weeks of her life, a big lizard we would rather she hadn’t killed but terriers are bred to kill vermin.

Terriers are better than poisons or traps. (Traps are useless, go for poisons right off!)
 

HBS Guy

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TWO female Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies available at the pound! Have an appointment there tomorrow! WOOOO!!!!!

Mind you—adoption fee of $850! But I have the money.
 

HBS Guy

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Meet Spud (anyone guess why that name?) my staghound cross female puppy:

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Will be a big dog, well I DID say I wanted a bigger dog after 2 terriers and a chihuahua.

But it is a cross—the two staffie pups had just been taken, drat! But Spud is a cross so better than a purebred.
 
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HBS Guy

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We walked around the block and she is flaked out. Have changed her name to Socks—she DOES have nice white socks on her front feet.
 
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HBS Guy

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And she can run too! Took her for two walks around the block, will do that every day for a week, so she knows where home is. Gradually lengthen the walks as she grows.
 

johnsmith

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Teach her to heel BEFORE she gets to big for you to control. It's important she walk by your side and not drag you along.
 

HBS Guy

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Been doing that too, already have the start of heeling, reverse direction when she shoots out ahead.
 

HBS Guy

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Maybe eventually.

She doesn’t like the lead, chews on it, I tried to get it off on return home but she wouldn’t let me for a while, needed two hands, one ot keep her head away, the other to unclip the lead. She will get used to it.
 

johnsmith

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Maybe eventually.

She doesn’t like the lead, chews on it, I tried to get it off on return home but she wouldn’t let me for a while, needed two hands, one ot keep her head away, the other to unclip the lead. She will get used to it.

you need to take charge early before she gets to strong for you ... which won't be long, she'll grow quickly
 
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