Dog chews sprinkler/irrigation lines up.

i have sprayed for ants after seeing them at the irrigation site, thinking it was ants crawling up inside the line; i have sprayed lines with dog-off; i have sprayed lines with mixture of ant spray, peppper; ammonia, white vinegar and baking soda to no avail. She seems to have no affect by the spray, like she cant smell anything, but yet she will scent in the wind. i have spanked her muzzle as i put her muzzle next to the chewed up line. i have used newspaper for a cracking sound. i have purchased bones,and every kind of chew thing imaginable, old rugs, she tears up sleeping pads, anything to keep her mouth busy. Anybody know the answer? this is a 9 month old heeler/yellow lab.

Asked by Member 634981 on May 20th 2008 in Behavior & Training
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Punishing her after the fact is not really going to teach her much. I started out this way but don't use those methods anymore and have found more substantial progress in gentler ways.

Re-direct her when you catch her IN THE ACT to those things you want her to chew. There are 2 things going on - 1.) she doesn't seem to know what's an appropriate chew and what's not. When you catch her chewing on something inappropriate, a quick "ah-ah!!" or "no" and then show her the right thing to do (stick her chew toy in her mouth) and then reward her for it. 2.) Is this dog outdoors all day long? She sounds like she's full of energy and bored - Heeler/Yellow Lab, and at 9 months! How much exercise is she getting each day? With her age and breed mix she needs physical AND mental stimulation every day - walks, fetch, jogs, and for mental workouts learning obedience and tricks. Good luck!

Kolbe answered on 5/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Miss Buddie

I have a Heeler mix about the same age as yours and I understand exactly what you're talking about. Miss Buddie has an affinity for the air conditioning system. ARGH!

We've cordoned off the area and we pop outside occasionally to make sure she's not into any trouble. You have to catch them in the act before they understand what they're being punished for. That can be hard to do and very frustrating.

Pmail me if you need to talk. :D

Miss Buddie answered on 5/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Gray Dawn Treader

Kolbe is right. Punishment is useless unless it is done during the act. And redirecting her behavior to something appropiate to chew on and rewarding her for chewing the right things is much more successful than punishment.
I talk about positive training when I answer another question. See it:

Also, as Kolbe mentioned, often a dog that isn't getting the exercise it needs will chew out of boredom. Heelers and Labs are high energy, so a mix of those two would be really high energy.

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 5/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer