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Fromtherough

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I'm really surprised that any dog is still chewing furniture and generally being destructive at ten months old.
And to be fair, he no longer chews furniture as such, that’s more from when he was teething. Tea towels, socks, ties and golf caps are a different story though.
 

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Nylabone was the only truly indestructible thing we found for our lurcher/staffie cross. He loved it and barely put a mark on it in years.
 

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Whilst new puppies are being discussed, can I ask a clarification question about the 5 minutes per month rule of thumb for walking please. Is this the actual time walking or does the time include the inordinate amount of time letting them sniff anything and everything becuase it is all still new? If it is the latter then I'm lmited to a very short par 3!
I thinknits the time walking. They can do multiple times per day, but it's important not to overdo it. Have a look at a puppy xray, the bones don't fuse until they reach maturity. It's also worth looking at when to spey/nuiter, there is strong evidence to not do this until the dog has reached maturity. Hormones needed for bone and muscle growth. There is a vet study relating to ligament damage on male dogs nuitered before maturity.
 

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We've had our little fella now for 3 weeks and he has been great. Coming from a rescue, the first week he preferred staying in his cage and that is still his place if he wants to nap sometimes but after a week he preferred sleeping on the floor near us. He wasn't actually house trained when he came to us but the only time he's made a mess in the house was when we didn't recognise the signs. Other than that he's slept through the night after the first week, comes out in the morning to do all his business and generally been pretty good. The only thing he has chewed is one iPad charger cable and tried to chew a bit of the stair carpet. However, his main issue is he is very nervous. He prefers the living room where he sleeps and sits with us, will come into the kitchen when we sit for our meals to eat his own, and out in the garden, but he's reluctant to walk between them. He doesn't like any loud noises and gets really nervous when out walking, especially at the sound of cars which totally spook him. We are trying to take him out with just the two of us being calm and to try to get him used to the sounds, but it will be a bit of a long haul.
I've requested to join the Facebook dog training page. It sounds great, and we'll give that a go.
 

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We've had our little fella now for 3 weeks and he has been great. Coming from a rescue, the first week he preferred staying in his cage and that is still his place if he wants to nap sometimes but after a week he preferred sleeping on the floor near us. He wasn't actually house trained when he came to us but the only time he's made a mess in the house was when we didn't recognise the signs. Other than that he's slept through the night after the first week, comes out in the morning to do all his business and generally been pretty good. The only thing he has chewed is one iPad charger cable and tried to chew a bit of the stair carpet. However, his main issue is he is very nervous. He prefers the living room where he sleeps and sits with us, will come into the kitchen when we sit for our meals to eat his own, and out in the garden, but he's reluctant to walk between them. He doesn't like any loud noises and gets really nervous when out walking, especially at the sound of cars which totally spook him. We are trying to take him out with just the two of us being calm and to try to get him used to the sounds, but it will be a bit of a long haul.
I've requested to join the Facebook dog training page. It sounds great, and we'll give that a go.
The big thing I've learnt about nervous dogs is the only way to deal with it is to never let them get over their "threshold" but gradually work towards them getting nearer to the thing they fear...again without them actually being scared. So if he's happy to say stand inside near the front door as things go past outside then work with that and reward him just being there and not stressing. He won't get why he's being rewarded but will start to join up the dots and realise that the things that were scary are in fact great as when they appear so does a treat. Once he's stressed though you won't make progress so just back away and start again. The FB page is great and they explain it in much more detail and far more eloquently than I have!
 
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