Puppy has a thing about glasses(18 Posts)
We have an adorable(spoilt)puppy she is 10 months and neutered .
We got her at 8 weeks and she is a house dog. She never liked going out in rain or bad weather and being a small dog tends to need little exercise. She has the freedom of a garden and toys.
She does not mix much with other dogs but we try to do this a couple pf times a week.
She seems to have a passion for glasses (reading ones)and this week alone has broke 3 pair .She looks so pleased when she does. In the past she toreup post that was left in the conservatory. (We got a post box) she has got wool and had great fun with it in the garden and the same with magazines and prone to digging holes in the garden if the weather is fine.
She has pretty much free run of the sitting room and conservatory when we are at home.
Stop leaving things you don't want destroyed lying around in the path of a puppy?
Also, small dogs not needing exercise is bullshit. She'll destroy everything out of boredom. Take her for a bloody walk.
Yes, she's bored
Bored dogs destroy things - no such thing as a "house dog"
There is no such creature as a house dog. As ^, stop leaving things around where she can reach them and give her some exercise FFS.
ALL dogs love sniffing new smells so taking them for daily walks is just as essential for a small dog as a large dog. Trust me when my dog has been on enforced restricted activity due to health reasons his general behaviour deteriorates and he is only just older than yours at nearly one year of age.
I can’t say my spaniel nor I like walking in heavy rain so you just time the walks when it is lighter or not raining. Sorry OP but if you don’t want a dog that likes destroying things you need to avoid leaving temptation out for it, train it to leave non toys alone and walk it and provide stimulating activities so it isn’t bored (hence finding destroying stuff fun).
Vet is happy with the exercise she gets.
She does not walk much on lead . I will speak to vetinary nurse and trainer and see perhaps we should have her rehomed .
Obviously disabled folk should not have dogs. She has her own car seat and is taken out mostly when we go out and rarely ever left alone , but when we do she tends to go for glasses more than anything else which I found strange.
Disabled does not equal lazy or on benefits.
Walks aren't just exercise, they provide a great deal of essential mental stimulation as well. What breed is your puppy? Many small dogs are very bright and active little things and although will make do when provided with little in the way of physical or mental exercise they will absolutely thrive on it.
It does sound like she might be bored, just having lots access to lots of toys doesn't really provide much in the way of mental stimulation. I'd highly recommend having a look at these two Facebook groups: Beyond the Bowl and Canine Enrichtment. They're absolutely packed with all sorts of ideas for enrichment activities for dogs, ranging from fancy products you can buy to stuff you can do with objects (and even rubbish) you're likely to have lying around the house.
I've actually had a "house dog", he was a very troubled rescue who just could not cope with going out on walks. Even as a super chilled out adult he needed quite a lot of input every day to keep him happy.
Obviously disabled folk should not have dogs.
You didn't actually mention that you are disabled OP. If you had, you would have got different advice. Like employ a dog-walker. Or if you have a mobility scooter, take her out on a lead with you. I see plenty of disabled people doing this where I live. Or stick her in a basket and take her to a safe place where you can let her out.
If she doesn't walk much on a lead you need to train her to walk on a lead - and you do this by taking her out on one.
Put a notice in your local shop asking for a volunteer walker.
All dogs need mental stimulation, she must be going insane with nothing new to sniff or look at.
You can do lots of brain games/training at home but she needs the outside world no matter how small she is
Nobody said disabled equalled lazy or on benefits, because nobody mentioned disabled.
Your dog sounds bored and under stimulated and that is why she is being destructive - plus she is still a puppy so at prime chewing age!
You can redirect her by giving her some good chewing things like rubber kongs with paste in then that will keep her busy to chew on.
Some of your comments are quite unfair - no one suggested disabled people shouldn't have dogs! But speaking from experience here - plenty of disabled people do manage to exercise their dogs correctly, whether themeselves or from other assistance, paid or voluntary. It is our responsibility to the animals we choose to keep that we ensure their needs are met first and foremost.
You say you take her out with you - well that's a great start - do you just keep her in the car on trip? If so perhaps get a trainer who can help you walk her next to your wheelchair or device if you use one- once she has been taught (in a positive manner) to walk on a lead with you then it will make life much easier for you all.
She really needs a daily walk in the outside world for her mental and physical health. No matter how small she is.
Also games, scatter feeding, hiding food around the garden, under things and playing with different toys will also help relieve her boredom.
Hope that helps.
My dog is small: around 5 kilos and she would be completely miserable if she didn't have her daily run, and it has to be a run in the park with her ball, sometimes we go by car if I'm feeling lazy, sometimes we walk there.
Small dogs need to sniff and experience the outside world the same as big dogs otherwise they get bored and a bored dog is frequently a destructive dog.
You don't say if you have a mobility scooter, but if you do it perfectly possible to exercise a dog properly while on one.
Nice drip feed OP
But NOBODY should have a dog if they can't meet it's needs
It could have its own jewel encrusted car seat and it still wouldn't make up for not going on walks. Walks aren't just physical exercise for dogs it's mental stimulation as well
By saying you are disabled and on benefits do you think we will agree that it's ok for your dog not to be walked? It's 2 separate things
Erm. You went from she destroyed stuff to get her rehomed?! WTF!
Your dog is bored and frustrated.
Do not leave her around things that can be destroyed.
If you can't walk her maybe consider contacting the cinnamon trust. They are a charity that may be able to help. They supply dog walkers. Or you could pay for a dog walker if you prefer.
Your dog needs exercise but also stimulation. Smelling smells and meeting other dogs. Experiencing new things.
How much training have you done? Training can also tire a dog out and help calm them down (as well as ending with a better behaved dog of course!)
Our 18 month old dog has always had two good walks a day, lots of play & stimulation, run of the garden & is still obsessed with glasses - has destroyed x3 pairs of OHs v expensive specs & various sunglasses anytime he can get his paws on them - including climbing up onto the dining room table & rooting through my handbag. We have just learnt to be extra vigilant, glasses either on face or in a drawer (although he's not adverse to trying to delicately remove them from OHs face when in the mood😎)
And please don't let her play with yarn, it can be very dangerous as if they swallow it it can wrap itself around their intestines.
What breed is your dog op?
Your dog really needs walking, but this is perfectly possible. I am sure you don't want to rehome her. I know quite a few people who walk their dogs off mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs. If you do not have one of those I think you will have to consider a daily dog walker, or even do you have family or friends that would commit to taking her out for you? (a big ask, I know). You can start lead training now if you haven't done so, around the house and garden, so she is ready.
You could also consider having a friendly dog round for a play in the garden now and again, which would be stimulating for her. It's a myth that little dogs don't need walks. I have a little dog who will walk for hours, and still want to play when we get home.
Don't leave precious things where she can get to them. All young dogs like chewing. She will grow out of it.
I am sure you want to do the best for your dog. A walk every day is really not too much to ask is It?
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