Destructive Chewing

Destructive chewing can be an expensive bad behavior. After all, the cable repair guy will charge you each time he has to come to the house to repair the cables your dog chewed! It can also be a dangerous behavior, should your dog chew live wires or swallow some of the stuff she's chewing up.

To curtail chewing, you need to first teach your dog what is appropriate for her to chew. Hand her a toy and praise her, "Here's your toy! Good!" Do this often, and when she picks up her toy on her own, praise her even more. Make her wiggle with happiness!

You also need to limit your dog's access to places where she can chew stuff. That means in the house, she should be in the room with you and nowhere else. If you go to another room, she goes with you. If she has access to the garage from the backyard, fence off areas where she can get into trouble. Never think that something is unchewable or unattractive to your dog—we simply cannot second guess what a dog will chew on.

Then, make sure your dog has vigorous aerobic activity every day. A tired dog will be less likely to get into trouble than a dog who is full of energy.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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