Desperate For Help With CHEWING EVERYTHING!
(Boynton Beach, FL)
Always ready to play
My husband and I have a 1 year old beautiful Aussie named Zoe. We have had her since she was approximately 6 weeks (maybe younger), when we adopted her from a shelter. Our problem is this, she chews everything: my husband's shoes, our small area rugs (rubber backing and all), my husband's Engineering books for school, baseboards, cabinet corners, wall corners (we rent) etc... And besides the possible medical issues I am sure can be connected with what she eats, he is fed up and wants to get rid of her. I will not allow this, but it is causing issues.
We chose Zoe and we may not have known at the time about Aussies, but I have read enough to know they are working dogs and therefore need an outlet for their energy. The problem lies in that I am gone from 6 am to 5 pm monday through Friday. When I get home, I do play with her, if only fetch, but enough to tire her out. I then make dinner, feed the pets, clean up, and am wiped out, so I have no more energy to do anything with her for the night. He is home during the day, but is very busy with homework, and running errands for me that I don't have time to do after work. I need to know if a professional trainer may be able to help, or give me further ideas to entertain her and keep her mind and body active.
I do not want to part with my Zoe, she is the best dog I have ever owned. But, in fairness to her, am I causing her unhappiness? She is a very loving, wonderful dog. Are there other games and toys I can get for her to help with her destructive behavior? I do need to let you know, every single toy we have ever gotten her, and there have been ALOT, she has eaten/destroyed. We have found 2 tuffy-tuf dog toys, that she has not been able to destroy, which she loves, and those are what we play fetch with, or a tennis ball. Thank you in advance...