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04-26-2014 02:39 PM
my boy diesel that is true warp
same thing goes for cell phones!
04-26-2014 02:37 PM
SunCzarina Some puppies like to garden...

Good fences make good puppies.

Venus was born on a pepper ranch. Gardening is in her blood I guess. I was vigilant about the container plants, introducing some outside the fence at a time, teaching her for each one that we don't touch Mommy's plants.

She's 15 months now, she was 9 months in the fall and fine last fall with respecting my tall hoop fences - we don't stick our heads in there. When I had the fences down for cleanouts this spring, I only had to remind her a few times this year that we don't go in the gardens. Otto's always been respectful of my gardens and containers but as soon as the fence comes down , he'll go in there too.
04-26-2014 02:07 AM
Ellimaybel I have an admission to make. Did not think of this until just now. After I water the pots with the watering can I sprinkle the remaining water around Gunther and he plays in it. I did actually create this problem, just didn't see it at the time. #humbled
04-26-2014 02:02 AM
warpwr Anything that you have shown recent interest in will cause them to show a lot of interest too.
It's why they always seem to go for the exact thing we don't want them to go for.

And they don't have to watch you do it either, they can tell where you've been and what you've been up to.

Oh boy, my human really likes this thing. I'm learning everything I know from my human. Just let me get my paws and teeth into this thing that they like so much. Now my human wants to play keep away with me and that thing, yay! playtime.

Best advice is to put it out of reach, as someone said, and offer them a substitute toy. Or you could take the opportunity to teach leave it and reward.
04-26-2014 01:38 AM
my boy diesel well no you wouldnt have known it the 1st time
but the 2nd time you are on the hook!
04-26-2014 01:07 AM
Ellimaybel Oh, and by the "not by the sounds of it", it was because as soon as I saw him with the pot in his mouth and said "bad dog" he ran. But not in a remorseful way, in a play way. I already know I'm fighting a losing battle, in the grand scheme of things the way I love this dog far outweighs one pot of cheap seeds and dirt. I think he knows it too, the ornery stinker lol
04-26-2014 01:04 AM
Ellimaybel I wouldn't say it's my own fault LOL! I can't know to prevent something until it happens... I'm not psychic, I couldn't know he would obsess over this one and only pot out of three. (I'm still giggling by the way, partially due to the sounds coming out of his rear end right now) Now that I know I'll leave it there and try and prevent it by being super observant and if that doesn't work then I'll move the plants. Sorry to laugh at you (kind of, not in a derogatory way) but you made it sound like I should have known automatically that he would want to do this and there is no humanly way possible to know that unless you have dealt with it before. If I had dealt with it before I wouldn't have posted here. I do appreciate the tips and if my attempt at observation doesn't work I'll probably give in and move the pots. Thanks for the tips!
04-26-2014 12:38 AM
my boy diesel I caught him immediately in the act.

not from the sounds of
I dragged him over to it by the scruff

either way scolding and tapping (slapping) the nose does not fix this issue

digging in fresh fragrant dirt is an age old instinct
you would do better to move stuff out of his way rather than punish
because if hitting his nose did not teach him the first time why would you do it again?

so you will spend a lot of time punishing him for something that is really your fault to begin with

04-24-2014 04:15 PM
Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
corrected the behavior? how did you do that and how long after the fact did you do it?

one word

far better than going around and around with it
move the pot
By very loudly saying "Bad Dog" and tapping his snout while his nose was in the dumped out dirt. Both times I caught him immediately in the act.
04-24-2014 03:33 PM
SunCzarina They all like to play with a big pot. I throw them the larger empty nursery pots to play with and when they're about a year old, they learn that they just don't play with the plants, it's unacceptable.
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