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A: First thing you should know is that this is a very common problem. You will have a hard time finding a "plush" fabric that will withstand a set of determined jaws that want to destroy it. I had the same problem with my lab. Here are some solutions:
1. Find a toy with more than one squeaky. Most dogs will go after the squeaky and keep going until it's out. Finding a toy with more than one is good because the dog has more places to concentrate on, therefore making the toy last longer.
2. Don't hand the toy to your dog, throw the toy across the room. Teach the dog to FETCH the toy. Once the toy is destroyed or the stuffing is coming out...NEVER throw the toy again...and never give the toy BACK to your dog. He will learn that destroying the toy means he LOSES the toy. He won't like that and will eventually learn to not destroy it.
3. If the fetching trick doesn't work, then try using key words that your dog already knows when you are trying to get him to calm down or not bite. My dog would jump on people or grab their shirt with his mouth and he learned that "EASY" meant chill out. When you see the dog starting to really try to damage the toy instead of play with it...give him that command "EASY" or whatever word he knows. He will then eventually learn to go easy on the toy.
Many friends have followed this advice and have had success. My dog now SLEEPS with his Loopies. He tosses them, fetches them, gently chews on them and only after about 2-3 months will I start seeing damage...but then I think that just means it's dirty and he wants a new one.
.Question : I've given my dog stuffed toys and he tears them up almost immediately and starts eating the stuffing.
Helpful Hints when Dressing Your Dog
Reduce the stress in dressing and training your dog to wear clothes. As with any training, keep it a positive experience! Stay calm and don't get frustrated or your pet will sense your anxiety.
If you need to put something over your pet's head, scrunch it up and gather the fabric so only the head opening shows. (Think of how panty hose should be put on). Put the garment over the pet's head and then find the leg openings and put each paw through the opening. Pull the garment down across the back. Praise your pet for how terrific he/she looks!
Create A Positive Experience for the Pet in the Carrier
Let your pet become used to the tote before you take him out in it. Place the tote/carrier on the floor and put his favorite toy and a treat or chew (Bully sticks work well) in the tote. Let him go in and out of the carrier for a day or two.
After a day or two, put your Pet in the tote/carrier along with his favorite chew or treat and toy and take him outside to play or to run. Do this a couple of times.
When you are ready for your first outing, remember to put your pet's favorite chew in the tote with a favorite toy.
Once your Pet associates the Tote/Carrier with a positive experience such as an outing with you, he will be jumping into the tote in no time!
Dog Lifespan: How Popular Breeds Stack Up
Here is a list of the American Kennel Clubs 20 most popular dog breeds from 2008 and their average lifespan, according to "The World Atlas of Dog Breeds."
Labrador retriever -- 10 to 14 years
Yorkshire terrier -- 12 to 15 years
German Shepherd dog -- 10 to 14 years
Golden retriever -- 10 to 12 years
Beagles -- 12 to 14 years
Boxers -- 11 to 14 years
Dachshunds -- 12 to 14 years
Bulldogs -- 10 to 12 years
Poodles -- 10 to 15 years
Shih Tzu -- 11 to 15 years
Miniature Schnauzers -- 15 years or more
Chihuahuas -- 15 years or more
Pomeranians -- 13 to 15 years
Rottweilers -- 10 to 12 years
Pugs -- 12 to 15 years
German shorthaired pointers -- 12 to 15 years
Boston terriers -- about 15 years
Doberman Pinschers -- 10 to 12 years
Shetland Sheepdogs -- 12 to 14 years
Maltese -- 15 years or more
FACT OR FICTION ??????
On the first day God created the dog.
On the second day, God created man to serve the dog.
On the third day, God created all the animals of the earth to serve as potential food for the dog.
On the fourth day, God created honest toil so that man could labor for the good of the dog.
On the fifth day, God created the tennis ball so that the dog might or might not retrieve it.
On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the dog healthy & the man broke.
On the seventh day, God tried to rest, but he had to walk the dog.
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