Randi is 7 months old now and is the perfect puppy! I am struggling in 2 areas though:
#1) She eats her crate mats. We have learned not to get her the nice fluffy ones that she would be most comfortable with. Now we just use cheap towels and old blankets. She chews holes in them while we're gone during the day. This isn't all the time, but yesterday she was only alone for an hour and a half and put a huge hole in the blanket. Is this something that we just have to deal with? Any suggestions on what we can put in there for her so she's comfortable for long periods of time but she won’t destroy?
#2) She plays rough. She goes after the little dogs, and she doesn't mean to hurt them, but she likes to wrestle and doesn't really see her size I guess. I take her to the dog park and I'm yelling leave it all the time whenever she's taking off towards a little dog. I know she's just a puppy and this will die down after a while, but I don't want her to be "that dog" at the park!
I'm hoping that her gun training will help some of this. She was supposed to go on the 18th but because there is so much snow on the ground they wouldn't take her yet.
The only bed that Koda hasn't destroyed is the Snoozy. It's not very padded, but she can't pull the stuffing in the bumpers out.
Koda loves to play rough with dogs when she is in a confined space indoors, but outside she is looking for the ball. I took her to the beach when there was a french/english bulldog meetup, and she had no interest in them whatsoever because I had the chuckit in my hand. Some of the bulldogs would steal her ball when she dropped it, but she wouldn't go after them to get it back. She also won't go after a ball that isn't hers, but she will try to get the other dogs to chase her when she does have the ball in her mouth. I would try throwing the ball when she goes after the little dogs to distract her, but allow her to play rough with the big dogs as long as it's friendly.