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Old 02-08-2019, 07:07 AM   #1
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Angry I am furious with my dog!


My main computer is downstairs in my living room but I keep my laptop upstairs, usually with a monitor and an additional mouse plugged in.

The other day I unplugged it and brought it down because I needed to do something on it that involved cross-checking with the screen of my main machine. I left the monitor's VGA cable hanging down and for some reason forgot to plug it back in to the laptop.

This morning I discovered that my dog had chewed the plastic VGA adapter on the end of the cable and it was completely ruined. A couple of years ago, I'd just have gone into Maplins and bought a replacement, but Maplins doesn't exist any more (what a useful shop that was!) and none of the less specialised shops on the high street sell computer equipment like that. Video, audio and ethernet cables can be bought in any hardware shop but not monitor connecting cables. I shall have to ask one of my friends with an Amazon account to buy one for me.

Lately I have caught him chewing other things too. He never used to do that! It's the kind of behaviour you expect of a puppy but he is an old dog now. I think maybe dogs get senile like some people do and enter a second childhood.

What frightens me now is that he may start trying to chew other cables and electrocute himself.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 07:23 AM   #2
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I guess it's lucky is wasn't the power cord he crewed...

You could buy either a couple of DVI to VGA converters or I think I've seen some HDMI to VGA converters around, if you really get stuck.

I guess if you have a spare room, you could put your machines in there. Beyond that, I don't have any other ideas for you, sorry Hazel.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 07:30 AM   #3
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Sometimes smearing the cables with chilli paste will help re-train the dog not to chew on cables.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 07:39 AM   #4
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It ain't the dog that needs training ...
 
Old 02-08-2019, 08:03 AM   #5
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I guess it's lucky is wasn't the power cord he chewed...
That's just what I'm afraid of. However I think now that there is probably a psychological difference -- for a dog -- between chewing a dangling plastic thingy and biting into a cable. I hope so anyway.
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I guess if you have a spare room, you could put your machines in there.
The spare room is where the crime took place! I have closed that room off now.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 08:22 AM   #6
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Nerves.

Went through the same Hazel but with motorcycle parts delivered by being thrown the shipped stuff over the fence where the dogs are kept.
Her name is Lulus. She was a new terrier rescue and just months old.

I fixed this by buying a hard rubber ball. Here is the hard part for you. You gotta play catch with your dog . I can even do this sitting down n a kitchen chair outside.

I let her run till I notice fatigue signals being given off by her.
Then move on with my day.

This is a daily ritual every time I step in her yard outside. She runs up with ball.
Some dogs get rid of nervous energy that way.

I also use a short thick rope tied in knot and play tug of war instead of chase the ball.
Kitchen chair and sitting down with elbows braced o knees.
Your grip gets tested.

I don't suggest this if one is frail. Being a sports jock. In my earlier life.
I don't have that limitation.

Anyway. Nerves.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 09:12 AM   #7
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if i had a dog like that it would be converted an outside dog living in the back yard right then and there
 
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if i had a dog like that it would be converted an outside dog living in the back yard right then and there
There is any other type ?.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 09:33 AM   #9
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OK, OK, some people just don't like dogs! But I've had Roger for over twelve years and he never was a problem dog before. In fact he worked for years as a therapy dog and brought a great deal of pleasure to the old folks in a local care home. He's only been developing behavioural problems since he's grown old himself. That's why I suspect he may be developing some kind of dementia. We try to work around the problems.
 
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There is any other type ?.
their should not be any other type, but some people like to keep dogs inside the house, when i visit a cousin of mine who is a hillbilly type that likes to hunt with hound dogs, like bluetick and walker hound dogs, and every time i visit when i go inside his house it has that wet dog smell to it, the smell is not real strong but i smell it, i think he is numb to the smell because he is in it and around it every day so he dont smell it, and if i look close at his couch i can see dog hair all over it, to me a dog is an outside pet,
 
Old 02-08-2019, 09:43 AM   #11
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See username. Yes, it's true: 5 geriatric shih tzus, 1 pit bull and 1 Italian greyhound. All inside, no one has chewed anything, ever. Yes, they smell, we use essential oil diffusers. Won't do this again but we've had them 17 years.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 09:57 AM   #12
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I was wondering if you literally meant you had seven dogs, sevendogsbsd. Now I know.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 10:06 AM   #13
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Roger has no smell at all, never has had. And he's very clean about the house. In my experience, the only dogs that smell strongly are poodles. They are water dogs so they have very oily coats.
 
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Hazel, remember that dogs are simply wolves that haven't grown up. They traded the advantages (to them) of domestication for adulthood. You are probably right about the senility, though. It is always a shame but it is the course of life.
 
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Roger has no smell at all, never has had. And he's very clean about the house. In my experience, the only dogs that smell strongly are poodles. They are water dogs so they have very oily coats.
Our shih tzus don't smell either - the pit and greyhound do, but not bad. Problem is we are used to it so really can't tell...
 
  


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