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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2003 10:52 am 

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:roll: My lab pup pulled the bark off all round the tree its about a 12 foot tree is there ANYTHING, I can do to save the tree!!!!! And keep her from doing it again!!!! Please HELP!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2003 6:57 am 

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For the pup, I'd recommend approved chew-toy alternatives and training. Have patience, he'll outgrow this by and large on his own.

On the tree, how deeply was the bark chewed off? Can you see the cadmium layer of the tree (the wood itself) or just less mature inner bark? If it's just more bark then the tree shold be okay. Might put garlic/pepper tea on it to keep the pup and any interested bugs from checking it out any further. If the wood under the bark is exposed, mix up some tree trunk goop* and add some garlic/pepper tea to it to help deter the pup from wanting to revisit the site. One good lick of some Habenero-based garlic/pepper tea and he'll decide to find something else to chew.

*Tree Trunk Goop:

1/3 each-
Diatomaceous Earth (natural only, not swimming pool kind)
Soft Rock Phosphate (Fireplace ashes are an acceptable substitution)
Manure Compst

Mix the three and add enough water to make it a slurry or paste. Paint onto badly damaged tree trunks or branches.

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It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields we know so that those who live after may have clean earth to till.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2003 9:34 am 

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And do it NOW! I had the exact same problem (Chocolate lab puppy) and lost two 10-12 foot Bald Cypress in my back yard.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:30 am 

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s far as possible I would try to eliminate the potential for damage. So go ahead and put a little fence around the tree, and if your Lab isn't able to deter your pup from aggravating the heck out of him, then put him inside or out of the way when this behavior starts.

If your little guy snaps or growls at you or your wife, then you need to get hold of him and tell him "NO" very firmly. But be calm, and keep your voice low, if you raise your voice or your emotional level, it will only 'wind him up' more.

At these times it would be good to keep a favorite chew toy in your pocket and offer him that as he runs past you to distract him from your pant legs.

Sometimes these moments of puppy craziness are worse in pups who are not able to be active during the day, and their energy just builds up.

If your pup is at home all day because you're at work, getting someone to take him out for a walk, or some playtime in the backyard at lunchtime may help. Even if you're at home, perhaps he's not getting enough exercise during the day.

Terriers are little 'action men' and need lots of stimulation and exercise.

Also, if he's being crate trained, make sure he has sturdy chew toys in his crate. Chewing is one of the ways that dogs release stress and it can actually help calm them down!

Once your pup is fully vaccinated I'd also recommend enrolling him at a local Dog Obedience School.

It helps to build and strengthen the relationship between dog and owner, the socialization experience is excellent for the puppy, and the energy expended by him will help to moderate his behavior. It's an all-around win.

I think in everything else you seem to be on the right track and are aware of what you need to be doing and how your pup is progressing.

I wouldn't worry too much about these 'puppy crazies' and don't think you need to be concerned about dominance either at this point.

I wish you the best of luck with this little guy.

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