Pom/Chi mix chews up cell phone
ASK DOG LADY Owner considers getting rid of the little guy after he also chomps on phone case
I have a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who is seven years old. He is a great dog, but in the last week, he chewed up a cell phone and the case for it too. I don’t know why he did this.
I give him dog bones on a regular basis, but, in the past, when I would forget to buy bones he never chewed up anything such as a phone. Am I going to have to get rid of him now? Can this problem be fixed?
A. Cut him some slack. Don’t give up on your Pom/Chi mix because of a couple of bad chew choices.
Our dogs’ magic reminds us they are different. They are animals. They can be well-trained but they can still surprise us. Occasionally, they eat things they shouldn’t or they behave in a ways we don’t anticipate. The best we can do is to expect the unexpected.
This means we should not leave anything lying around that’s easily grabbed and chomped upon — cell phones, underwear, designer shoes, and the like.
You must stow stuff out of harm’s reach. Make sure you’re always supplying your dog with appropriate chew things, such as bully sticks and raw marrow bones straight from the butcher.
Also, buy your dog a very good durable toy such as a Kong, which is indestructible and provides much yummy munching when stuffed with a peanut butter/liver chunk melange.
Q. I am so tired of people advising not to buy pet shop pups. That sad little pet shop pup you wrote about in a recent column needs someone to buy him and love him. It’s not his fault that he came from a pet store or a puppy mill.
I also disagree with your advice not to buy that pup because of her and her fiancee’s long work hours. If you work long hours and can afford a dog walker, hire one. If you can afford a doggie daycare, take your new dog there.
When naysayers rant and rail against on pet stores, the effect can be tedious. After all, pet shops wouldn’t exist if people ignored those doggies in the window. The pups can’t help where they come from and, as you point out, all pups need good homes.
A classified advertisement led Dog Lady to her own puppy many years ago. Let’s agree — no matter how a canine scrunchie comes into your life, it’s a sweet thing.
However, we have to be responsible about acquiring a dog. Puppy mill puppies can have terrible health and behavior problems caused by inbreeding and deplorable weaning conditions. They need patient owners.
And time is crucial. Why get a puppy if you are never home to walk it, train it, or enjoy it? Dog walkers and doggie daycare ventures — though convenient — require an investment that has nothing to do with the personal connection between you and your puppy.
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