Prairie Dog Antlers – Product Review

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Bentley is a chewer.  He loves nothing more than attacking a toy, obsessively ripping out every last bit of stuffing and destroying the squeaker within.  Behold the remains of a few of his toys.

Behold the destruction

Countless others have already been thrown away.  That orange rope? Used to be a raggedy cat.  That weird white ball?  Used to be a Kong Wubba.  That ball actually became his favorite toy after he’d peeled the “skin” off the toy.  He chews on it like it’s bubblegum and will even toss it around for himself.  Needless to say,  all this destruction is a big mess for me to clean up and costs quite a bit of money.

But at PetSmart the other day, I ran across a new “toy” for Bentley.  It’s a piece of deer antler from Prairie Dog Antlers.  Bentley absolutely loves it.  I don’t think he stopped chewing it for the first two days he had it.  It will get worn down eventually, but it’s already lasted a week and has barely changed shape, whereas most his toys last 20 minutes.  It’s also good for his teeth.  They are expensive (this one cost $19), but for how long it lasts and how much value Bentley is getting out of it, I think it’s well worth the price.  It also doesn’t leave polyester fluff all over the house for me to pick up!

Bentley and his Antler

If you have a dog that is a really big chewer, and none of his toys last, I highly recommend checking out Prairie Dog Antlers!  They have a range of sizes, including moose for the larger breeds.

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Book Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: Why Good Dogs Do Bad Things and Why You Should Change Your Behavior

This book is written by Dick Wolfsie and Veterinarian Gary R. Sampson.  Mostly it is told from Dr. Sampson’s point of view.

The book deals with a few areas of behavioral problems: Aggression, Anxiety, Housebreaking, Destruction and Other misbehaviors.  Each section has several anecdotes from the author’s clients and the resolutions he suggested for their problems.

An over-arching theme throughout the book is that dogs need lots of exercise, usually far more than they are getting, and that you want to do your best to set up your environment so that you don’t set the dog up for failure.  E.g., If you have a notorious chewer, don’t leave things lying around for him to chew.

I found this to be a very quick read. The different clients’ stories were entertaining to read, and it was fun trying to guess the root of the issue or the resolution before it was revealed by the authors.  This is not, however, a book on training your dog.  While the author recommends giving a dog commands often, this book has no instructions on how to teach your dog any commands. If your dog is having an issue similar to one of the stories in this book, perhaps you will find a new way of dealing with it by reading this book. If not, consult a professional.