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Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9059
We have two laborator retrievers, an old dog and a 2 year old dog. Now we are dog-sitting a third (my daughter's lab) who is about 4 years old. The two younger dogs are pretty well behaved when they are each in their own homes. However, now that they are together, they are just ripping up the place. Literally tearing things apart. Gloves, couch cushions, ... even the stuffed arms of the couch. They never do it when people are around, only when they are by themselves. We've been trying to catch them at it, but so far have been unsuccessful. It is like they feel the need to play tug of war with fabric.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on what can I do to stop this behavior.

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Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

how about placing something on the couch that the dog does not like ? my dog hates onions

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Jim Yingst

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
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There are various products that you can find at pet stores which can be sprayed on furniture to make the taste unpleasant to dogs. Most dogs, anyway. Things like hot pepper taste. I can't report on which ones are better or worse. And I've heard that some individual dogs may end up liking some tastes that most others dislike. So you'd want to test the product a bit on your dogs before spraying it everywhere.

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David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

We had some nail polish to stop me sister biting her nails and we used this on some of the dog's toys, but it appeared to work. I don't think it would work on fabric though.
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