Meet Jasper, A darling Wheaton Aussie mix. He is a charming dork who flops on you if you are sitting anywhere he can get to you and loves to give kisses. He is charming and looks like we have applied a liberal amount of eyeliner to his twinkling eyes and sprayed the tips of his ever lightening mop of curly auburn fur with black paint. (We didn’t though, he came that way!) Side note Wheaton’s fur gets lighter as they grow up. Most are ivory in color in adulthood.
I thought that when his puppy teeth fell out that the chewing would stop and it did.. But not for long. It started again with a few papers and then the chair legs of my lovingly refinished antique dining set. A library book and a couple of birthday gifts have also suffered from his insatiable mastication.
It was just after the library book that we bought a crate for him to go into when he was not being watched or we were leaving the house. The chairs are now put up on top of the table when Jasper is out. All shoes and papers and pencils and nearly everything else is picked up as soon as its noticed or we are sweeping slobbery remains of what ever it was.
He has toys to shred and he knows where they are, he has antlers to gnaw on and they are frequently between his paws. There are bacon flavored bamboo bones for dogs who are big chewers.
But he still chews and now when he gets in trouble for chewing on “not for Jasper things”, he delicately sprinkles urine on the floor as he walks away in disgrace.
Well crappers. Now we have 2 major issues to train away because we cannot simply watch him every moment or keep him locked up all the time (because that is cruel and I have issues with people with treat their pets badly).
SO, in the last month, we did change his food from Blue Buffalo grain free to Blue Buffalo Wilderness grain free dog food. My husband and son have been running with him a few times a week but my son got Strep and was down for 6 days and the hubbs got busy so there went his regular exercise..
Enter Pika?? Or Boredom or the fact that he is a 6.5 mo old puppy of an energetic breed mix. Add to that that he is desperately trying to be submissive with all the tinkle sprinkling and combine it all and there you have it.
Bad dog? No.
Well intentioned and busy family? Yes.
We do bare the responsibility to pay attention to and train our dog. We are responsible if he is all of the above and we are in charge of training him and teaching him good behavior from bad.
Thankfully we have had success with the crate and he is starting to calm down. The Google and the YouTube, as those of an older generation would say, have been very helpful. Regular training while we play has been helping as well. We ordered Blue Buffalo grain free for him instead of the wilderness stuff and we will see if that helps with the wood and paper chewing.
Our goal is, in a few months, that the crate sit empty and Jasper is being a trustworthy and happy pupper. Here’s to a future of doggie cuddles and kisses and hopefully, little to no more destruction!!