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hi,
i need help i have an 9th month old beagle puppy his name is marely .
I have try everything he just destory everything he has destory the garden,pot plants,smashed two ceramic pots,a kennel,three hoses ,spa cover,fly screen on a window and now the cord to the spa and it doesnt work now .'ve try everything i could think of by putting chili,curry powder,putting a spary on the garden to make him stop crewing and digging .even use lemon juice mixed with water to spray on everything and to stop him from barking ,we cant even put washing on the line anymore ,i cant think of anything else to do he so naughty and he isnt getting better ,we take him for walks everyday sometimes two times a day so he isnt bored and we even own property at mudgee we take him there once a month for a weekend sometimes a week so he can run around because we have a small backyard but still he destorys everything ,i really dont know how to stop him from destory everything .what can i do ?
thanks rashana

Answered Thursday 17 July 2014

Hi Rashana, 

It's not unusual for young beagles to do this, destructive behaviour isn't overly unusual. It can reflect any number of things, including boredom, anxiety and stress. As you've already identified, exercise certainly helps tire them out, but you may need to provide more of an enriched environment.

Beagles are very food orientated, so a couple of kibble filled kongs should keep him busy for hours. You can also hide treats over the yard, and do a variety of other enrichment activities.

If none of this works, it may be worth chatting to a behavioural specialist. Is he desexed yet? Have a read of this article, it may help:

http://www.vetico.com.au/article/chewing-destructive-behaviour-in-dogs-462

 

Dr Ben

(If you don’t get a response back, pop your comments/question as a thread on the Vetico forums, and a team of Vets will help you out.)

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