Last night I was not going to give Oscar another bed. I figured he could spend a couple of days on the hard floor and he would appreciate a comfy bed. At night, he’s in the crate and he has a sheet in there.
Vince put the new bed in the area with Oscar and it wasn’t long before he started scratching and gnawing on it. I kept saying “No, Oscar!” and for a while, he would stop. After half an hour or so, “No” meant nothing so I got up to go get the bed and take it away. When I got close, he dropped . . flat out on the bed . . like he wanted to say “What’s YOUR problem, lady?”
I would sit down, he would start scratching and gnawing again. I would get up and when I got close to him, he’d fall down and lay there like he was the perfect little puppy. Not buying that . . I know better! 🙂
But, look at that perfect form. Straight as an arrow, front paws sweetly tucked under his adorable little chest. I know some day he’s going to be a sweet, docile, loving little dog so we continue to work on the destructive behavior. He’s still a puppy!
I feel like if he lays down when he sees me coming, then he knows he’s doing something wrong. I’ve also read that dachshunds do not respond well to negative talk or punishment. I don’t think he’s doing this because he’s bored . . but what do I know? He has plenty of toys that he likes, we go out and walk a lot. Vince and I will sit in the floor and play with him with his toys.
Finally, I did take the bed away from him and I left it where he could see it but it was bed time by then. We’ll see what happens today. I think I may try to find some fabric that might be hard for him to chew up and make a pillowcase of sorts, but sew the end shut. Then if he gets a hole in that, I can cut it off and make another one. These pillows were on sale for $10 and it may cost me more to buy some kind of fabric and make a pillowcase than buying a new bed. I’m thinking something like canvas or denim. Any suggestions?
I have plenty of cotton quilting fabric but I think he would rip right through that.