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Old 02-08-2019, 10:15 AM   #16
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Another possibility is that he has a developed a bad tooth or gum disorder, both common in older dogs.
 
Old 02-08-2019, 11:20 AM   #17
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My mother's corgi Lucky smelled of biscuits. Quite pleasant really.

Capt Ron: you may well be right. For all that he was generally sweet-natured from the time I first got him, Roger has never let anyone look inside his mouth, let alone clean his teeth.

I remember Lucky simply losing his teeth one by one without anyone making much fuss about it. In those days, people didn't bother about such things. We just gave him softer food and he lived to be 18.

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Old 02-09-2019, 09:43 AM   #18
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Get a cat!

Maybe he's just bored, does he get his long walks still - you need to tire dogs out sometimes.
 
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We just gave him softer food and he lived to be 18.
How much processed sugar is in the current brand of food? If present it would make the dog a bit hyperactive while the sugar is being digested and then maybe cause teething problems as caries develop.
 
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Maybe he's just bored, does he get his long walks still - you need to tire dogs out sometimes.
He gets a fairly long walk every morning, but inevitably it's not as long as it used to be because he gets tired quickly. That's also why we stopped the therapy work. The walk to and from the home tired him out and I could feel that he had stopped enjoying it.

When I first got Roger, I made sure he had an hour in the park every morning, not counting the time to and from. That was part of the agreement I made when I adopted him. But the last couple of years, I have let him decide when he's had enough. Sometimes I take him out in the afternoon to church, where he has many friends, or to the building society to collect my shopping money.

He spends most of the rest of his time asleep. I think if he was bored, he would be pestering me or barking a lot. Also dogs which become destructive as a result of boredom usually do their chewing in front of their owner, not behind her back.

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:03 AM   #21
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How much processed sugar is in the current brand of food? If present it would make the dog a bit hyperactive while the sugar is being digested and then maybe cause teething problems as caries develop.
Mostly I make up his afternoon meals: boiled chicken, boiled potatoes, rice and gravy, pilchards sometimes. There's certainly no sugar in any of that, but he loves tomato sauce and that's probably sugary. In the morning he gets a standard dry dog chow but it doesn't really exercise his teeth because he always swallows it whole.

I don't feed him tinned dog food because it's relatively expensive and I doubt if it's really any more nutritious. I think a lot of this stuff is a well-marketed con.
 
Old 02-19-2019, 05:50 PM   #22
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I guess it's lucky is wasn't the power cord he crewed...
my brother had a pit bull that did that we could hear it shocking hem and the more it hurt the more pissed off he got it burned holes inside his mouth we had to up plug the cord and calm the dog down to get the cord away from hem
 
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I'd watch the Dog Whisperer for clues. There are many tips on his web site.

https://www.cesarsway.com/

There is some lady in England that has a similar way with dogs.

In 30 minute show the dog is cured. (well the owner is)

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Old 02-20-2019, 01:34 AM   #24
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Won't do this again but we've had them 17 years.
We just lost an Australian Shepherd who was 14 years old. I was sad, but also thought it was time for us to "not do this again"...

Then we rescued a 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix from the shelter and adopted a 3 year old Aussie and his 6 year old mother from a breeder who was "retiring" them. She's a miniature at 20 lbs. He's a 'throwback' and weighs 55 lbs (which is still small for an Aussie)

So, the joy continues

(sigh)
 
  


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