||[Mar. 16th, 2012|11:21 am]
The Question Club
I have 2 dogs. A year-old Australian Shepherd and a year-and-a-half-old Corgi. So, two obviously high-energy herding dogs. I take them to the dog park religiously (it's right around the corner) and they get exercise. The problem is actually the Corgi in relation to the Aussie.|
Corgi is a chewer. He'll chew furniture and drywall. So to combat this we used to give him chew toys a-plenty. However, when we introduced the Aussie into the house, he discovered he's far too possessive over really good chew things because she'll try to swipe them from him. After one or two scuffles (no bloodshed or anything like that, but two sufficiently pissed off dogs) we downgraded them both to simple non-food toys and they're quite fine sharing those. For the most part, they play together during the day and wrestle and occupy each other. However, lately the Corgi has gone back to his old ways of chewing out of (I guess) boredom.
-We can't leave them outside because the Aussie is a barker and we have an elderly neighbor
-We already only give them run of the front room while we're gone, so we're already containing them
-Corgi would surely be less bored with more tasty chew things but that's a big fat no
-Corgi does not seem the least bit turned off by no-chew spray, hot pepper or lemon stuff
Does anyone have any ideas for solving this? I am worried he's going to start chewing on our wooden stairs or something next (1920's house)! Doggie daycare is too expensive, and I want him to be entertained while we're gone, but not with toys that I know he'll get snappy about when the Aussie pup tries to swipe them.
Edited to add: they don't ever chew on anything when I'm home, just to make things tricky