I think I'm going to find a new home for Boris... or put him down

Fran27

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Oh no Boris destroys the soft toys too, lol. He started way before we got Tips on those. My husband was thinking about giving him an old sneakers to play with though, just worried he would get more confused.
 

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Even if he does destroy them, why can't he have them?

My guys are stuffy monsters, and they still get them a few times a month. They love them, and cleaning up the fluff isn't really that big of a deal...
 

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Try a soft stuffed without a squeeky inside ....mine would die without their woobies !
 

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I buy mine stuffed animals from the thrift shop for a quarter apiece. They kill them in short order, and they have a good time doing it, but for 75 cents for the three of them, who cares? Other than it's a mess to clean up. I don't have any dogs here who eat stuff, they just rip, shred, and destuff.
 

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Chloe destroys them too, so I buy all her's from the goodwill store, and she tears them up, and I have to clean up a little mess, its really not that big of a deal
 

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Belle and Beezer also destroy soft toys lol.... EXCEPT for one. We have this canvas covered cow that has somehow managed to survive Teddy, Belle and Beezer. I had cats just like the cow and they were torn apart. I do not know what is so special about this cow that they don't destroy it lol.
 

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Chloe destroys them too, so I buy all her's from the goodwill store, and she tears them up, and I have to clean up a little mess, its really not that big of a deal
Same here. I no longer even THINK about soft toys from ANY dog supply..........they cost too much and are gone within minutes. I used to buy the "yankers" when Orson was younger, @ a price of 16.00 the Fish lasted quite some time but now that he is older THOSE don't make it a whole day so NO MORE.

It doesn't break my heart to lose .50 cents and clean up some stuffing :D Better than him eating my shoes, furniture or walls ;)
 

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Ollie has a stuffed birthday cake with candles .....I gave it to Chip 8 years ago !
 

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Unfortunately, though, at least according to Donaldson's "Mine!" (certainly a more knowledgeable expert than me), giving a dog "all the toys he wants" isn't really going to help with resource guarding. He'll still get something that you have to get back from him at some point, and in that moment, THAT's the only object he'll care about.

I think it's wonderful that he doesn't guard bones or other objects, just soft objects. You can start practicing taking things away from him using the bones or whatever he doesn't guard, and then as he gets confident with you, you can move to higher valued objects.

So, you could start by giving your dog a bone - hand it to him, let him put his mouth on it, but don't let go of it. As soon as he puts his mouth on it, take it back and then give him several REALLY good treats and praise. Do that several times, until he starts getting excited about you taking the bone back. Then do the same thing, but let go of the bone for just one second, then take it back and give lots of treats. Repeat several times. Then gradually work up to letting him have the bone for 5-10 seconds, then take it away and give lots of treats. Then start to give him the bone and walk away - just about 6' at first - then come back, take the bone, and give lots of treats. Then start adding distance and duration that you're gone.

All you're doing here is teaching your dog that when you take something away from him, he'll get HUGE rewards. After only a few trials, he'll probably completely loose interest in the object, and that's fine. You still need to repeat taking things from him so that will become ingrained in his mind. As he gets very comfortable with you being around lower-value items, you can move to higher-value items - just take the steps slower.

You can see that this does take a lot of time, effort, and patience. I still don't believe that you, Fran, have the time to do all of this, and that's ok. But I will say that it's certainly not a lost cause, and in the right home I think he could definately get better.
 

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Fran,
Congrats on the twins! I remember reading about Boris before. I just wanted to add, I would never allow a dog that I couldn't control around my kids. And yes, some owners may be able to handle a dog like yours, but I really don't think this is going to happen in your situation...(Just from everything I have read).
So whatever your decision would be, I just wish you the strength to make the right one for your family.
Be Strong!
And we are behind you.

Julie.
 

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