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Old 02-24-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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My puppy likes to eat things that are not meant to be eaten. I've woken up to find him in my room, with my bathroom trash can on its side, eating tissues. I play a lot of online games on my consoles so I have some headsets for my different consoles and he has broken a few of them. I am sure he has eaten some of the cushioning because I can't find any from another headset I am using. He has probably eaten bits of wire as well.

On this site, I've seen pets that had to get surgeries because they ate a sock.

I am guessing he will be alright since he eats such small amounts, but from an opinion by the more experienced, what do you guys think?

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Old 02-24-2007, 08:58 PM   #2
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does he have any chewtoys? and have you activated him mentally so he is really tired? how old is he? how long have you had him? what breed is he??
answer those and I can give u a better answer
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He really should be crated at night for they find anything to try to eat or chew on cords, wires, etc. Until they grow out of that silly stage crate him for safety. Puppies are carovares they eat everything and anything. Be on the safe side rather than find him eating a deadly chemical or soap or GOD knows what.??
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You need to do some "puppy proofing" in your house & give him an area where he can't get into trouble when you're not watching him (a crate or small room). He needs plenty of toys & appropriate things to chew. If you catch him in the act of chewing, you need to tell him firmly "NO" and put something acceptable in his mouth & praise him for chewing that.
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He has two bones, a rubber bone, a ball, and two stuffed animals. We teach him tricks and stuff but that is about it for mental capabilities. I play fetch with him but he doesn't bring anything back. I've had him for about 4 weeks. He is mixed with a german shepherd and an unknown.

We have a crate but we only use it he is being bad. He squeels a lot in there. We once kept him in there for an hour and he whined the whole time.

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I think you should consider changing your purpose for the crate. The crate should be a comfortable, quiet, safe place for your pup. It shouldn't be used as a punishment.

I'd try teaching him to enter & exit the crate on command ... reward him BIG TIME for going in there & being calm. Don't close the door ... lie down in front of the crate & pet him & praise him & talk to him & play with him while he's inside. Make it a fun place too.
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He has two bones, a rubber bone, a ball, and two stuffed animals. We teach him tricks and stuff but that is about it for mental capabilities. I play fetch with him but he doesn't bring anything back. I've had him for about 4 weeks. He is mixed with a german shepherd and an unknown.

We have a crate but we only use it he is being bad. He squeels a lot in there. We once kept him in there for an hour and he whined the whole time.
well depending on age he might need more.. shepherdmixes can be a pain as puppies... compared to the molosskinds I am most used to.. (they sleep mostly) Katz advice is a really good one. If you can make the crate comfortable for him then it is a good thing. The pitrescue I got a few days ago CHOSE to sleep in the crate first night (the door was open for him) it was his comfort zone and helped him adjust. That is a good thing if you go on vacation, then you can crate him and he feels right at home. Otherwise I am not much for crates to be honest.. but for a good purpose yes then I aprove. Remember if you do it as punishment you can have a harder time to leave him alone as older though that can cause separation anxeity.
Good luck with the little trickster..
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"that is about it for mental capabilities" What about his training? i.e lead, recall, obedience and doggie manners? You're pup should be gaining a lot of mental stimulation from these activities.

Crates are NOT designed to be used as punishment, you should train your pup to see the crate as a quiet retreat, not a scary cage, then you can shut him in there at night, so he won't be eating things he shouldn't. Puppies need loads of toys, as well as your time, personally I'd buy lots of toys of varying sizes and sorts, you can never have give a puppy enough toys!!!

Why does he never bring anything back? It may be because he thinks giving things up is an unrewarding experience. You should train him the 'give' command, by taching that, if you give something up, you get loads of praise and something even better! Don't pay too much attention until hes given up what you've thrown. Best of luck, remember dogs give back 10 fold what you put in!

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"that is about it for mental capabilities" What about his training? i.e lead, recall, obedience and doggie manners? You're pup should be gaining a lot of mental stimulation from these activities.
I think this is a very young pup ... if he's the cute pup in the pic where we we discussing what his breed might be, I think he's a little young for too much structure, but it is never to young to start some basic training. Keep adding training sessions & structure the more he matures.
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Oh I see, hes that lil mite, righty

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