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Old 01-05-2013, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I hope someone here can help us! We have the best Maltese dog. His name is Snowball. His sister, Tinkerbell was born a year later and is 9 months old now.

Our problem is that Tinkerbell plays well with her brother and with toys, etc. She, unlike her brother, does not want to play with us. Snowball loves Fetch and plays catch. He has so many "doggie games" and makes us laugh. She just does not care. The above is to give background that the following issues are NOT because she has no one to play with. Tinkerbell and Snowball play well together.

OK, now the problem. After 9 months Tinkerbell thinks the that any place in our house is a Potty. When she goes outside on the porch potty, she runs in as she knows she gets a treat of peanut butter. But, she will still go in the house. I did not want this to be a long post but I did want to give background.

Here is the BIG PROBLEM! She now is starting to bite our textured walls!! She is leaving big holes on the wallboard and today she started getting down to the paper on the wallboard. Has anyone ever heard of this and is there any way to stop this? We do want to keep her but do not know how much longer we can put up with this. The big problem is that her brother is so good in every way, but we spend all day watching for her next mess or wondering what she is getting into now. After 9 months she does not seem to want to learn anything!! OH, and she has been to "school".
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You can spray bitter apple on the areas where she can reach to deter her chewing. It sounds like she needs to go back to the basics for house training. Good luck, plus she's in the rotten teen age years , it will pass.
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Our Paxton chewed the wallboard, too. Bitter Apple broke him of that habit.
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My sister has a lab mix and he chewed through the wall and his head was sticking out the wall in the garage when she came home from work one evening!!!
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My sister has a lab mix and he chewed through the wall and his head was sticking out the wall in the garage when she came home from work one evening!!!
Sorry I know it is not funny, but that is hilarious (especially since it did not happen to me).

I think you should think about a positive behavioralist for your little angel. It might also be good to give her more exercise and really tire her out. It sounds like she may be bored even though she has a brother to play with. A trainer will be cheaper than the damages to your house.
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My sister has a lab mix and he chewed through the wall and his head was sticking out the wall in the garage when she came home from work one evening!!!
To me the hardest part about that would be to not laugh!
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I will look into bitter apple. I hope it will not stain!
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Sorry I know it is not funny, but that is hilarious (especially since it did not happen to me).

I think you should think about a positive behavioralist for your little angel. It might also be good to give her more exercise and really tire her out. It sounds like she may be bored even though she has a brother to play with. A trainer will be cheaper than the damages to your house.
Well, the 2 dogs chase each other all over the house and around and around their XPen and island in the kitchen. They get a lot of exercise and love lying in our laps after and napping.
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I will look into bitter apple. I hope it will not stain!
It doesn't stain at all! I've sprayed it on everything, from furniture to woodwork to my shoelaces!
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