Thanks very much! That's a relief! (I'm calm. I was never thinking "brain
tumor!" Not in the least.)
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From: "Kathi" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: [FARMCOLLIE] Help! Sudden furniture chewing!
> There is a fear period around 10 months that could explain the sudden
> fear/aggression. Keep up the socialization and he will soon work through
> There is a last push of the rear molars around 10 months also. I have
> experienced 10-11 month old pups being pretty destructive during this
> because their jaws are strong and teeth are big. I would give him lots to
> chew around this time and you might have to crate him until this has past.
> Kathi Tesarz
> National English Shepherd Rescue
> (408) 937-4911
> Cell (408) 644-6294
> Fax (408) 519-6492
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tati Freundlich
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:13 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [FARMCOLLIE] Help! Sudden furniture chewing!
>> I hope somebody out there can help me with this. My ES has suddenly -
>> at 11 months old - become a chewer. He never chewed anything but toys I
>> gave him before this, but last week chewed a corner of my couch, a
>> corner of my piano bench, a rug, an entire wing chair, the middle out of
>> a recliner - and last night (and he normally sleeps through the night)
>> three legs off three different wooden dining room chairs!
>> Actually, it's quite *possible* that except for the odd bite here and
>> there, it's our other dog, the Lab. I know they're chewers. But I SAW
>> the ES take a bite out of the couch. All the rest of it has been while
>> we weren't looking. But I just have this feeling that the ES is the
>> chewer on the other items, this time...
>> One reason is that the groomer (yes, I'm too chicken to try to bathe him
>> at home) has reported that he's gone from being cool, calm, and
>> collected to being aggressive and/or frightened. (Grooming is not new
>> to him - he's been going to the same place and the same person every
>> month since I got him at 2 mo. old.)
>> Now, NOTHING has changed in his routine (except the disappearance of
>> destroyed furniture). Same food, same schedule, same animals & family
>> members in the house. If anything, MORE exercise lately, with the good
>> weather. But he has grown up and started to get dominant with the Lab,
>> who has been the undisputed boss until now.
>> Any ideas or advice?