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Ellimaybel 04-24-2014 02:38 PM

Puppy fixated on pot... not the drug
Gunther picked up one of my garden pots the other day and dumped it all over the yard. I thought I made a strong point in telling him this was unacceptable behavior (I know, no reasoning with a GSD) by correcting the behavior immediately. Then after my husband salvaged it I put Gunther's poop in the pot to discourage further similar behavior. The past two days he has gone up and sniffed it and left it alone. Then again today he did it again. I dragged him over to it by the scruff and corrected the behavior again. I'm pretty sure it's not going to be salvaged again but in the meantime I bought another packet of seeds.

Please share any tips to help keep him from doing this.

my boy diesel 04-24-2014 02:43 PM

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

Lark 04-24-2014 02:45 PM

Others may totally disagree with this, but I had my pup do the same thing and I just moved the pot. He dumped it a few times and clearly had so much fun doing it that I felt it would be a ton of work to get him to ignore it. I know it would have been a great training opportunity but I took the lazy way out.

SunCzarina 04-24-2014 03:33 PM

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.

Ellimaybel 04-24-2014 04:15 PM


Originally Posted by my boy diesel (Post 5425785)
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.

my boy diesel 04-26-2014 12:38 AM

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

prevention :)

Ellimaybel 04-26-2014 01:04 AM

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!

Ellimaybel 04-26-2014 01:07 AM

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

my boy diesel 04-26-2014 01:38 AM

well no you wouldnt have known it the 1st time ;)
but the 2nd time you are on the hook!

warpwr 04-26-2014 02:02 AM

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.

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