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Old 02-14-2018, 03:11 PM
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My dog keeps shredding my friend's dog's jackets!

Hey everyone!

I have an issue that I can't seem to solve...my dog Nymeria has a habit of grabbing onto my friend's dog's coat and thrashing her head around which eventually leaves these HUGE rips in her coats. I think Nymeria has ruined at least $400 worth of dog coats.

When I tell her "no tugging!" it basically falls on deaf ears. She wears a soft muzzle when we hang out with my friend and her dogs (when her dog wears coats) and even then she can still grab onto them and cause damage.

Other than using a basket muzzle, is there anything else I can do to not get her to grab the coats???

I've tried spraying the jacket with bitter apple but that doesn't do anything.

My friend's dog is very slim, short hair, no body fat so she needs a jacket when she goes outside, especially if it's raining (and it rains A LOT here). It doesn't start warming up here until April/May-ish but it still rains a lot.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:34 PM
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I would teach " leave it " command. Imo its one of the most useful commands!
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That's a lot of $!

Honestly, easiest solution is likely going to be management.
I wouldn't allow playing together when wearing coats.
And if walking dogs together or something like that, then I would just keep the dogs on leash and maintain some space between them.
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I would definitely not allow them to play together until this is under control.

The three things that I would focus on are a rock solid recall, a rock solid leave it and impulse control.
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@kmes If I don't allow them to play when they are wearing coats we basically wouldn't be hanging out with them anymore lol We do a lot of outdoor stuff with my friend and her dogs so it would really affect our friendship too if we had to stop hanging out. We always do things together with the dogs on the weekends (literally EVERY weekend). Unfortunately, it rains so much here they're always wearing jackets.


@Aspen726 We're working on leave it and recall but when she's in the moment, it's going to fall on deaf ears. Her leave it good with everything except the damn coat! If she is about to eat something gross she will drop it when I tell her to. If she's about to roll in something, I can stop her from doing it. If I tell her to drop the ball, she will listen. But it's when she's about to grab the coat, she won't listen. It usually happens when they are running/chasing she's super excited and in the moment so she won't listen. If I don't let them play when my friend's dog is wearing a coat, how do I train her to leave it? How can I expose her to it and successful train her to leave it?

Recall is harder to train with her because she's not food motivated. She's not really toy motivated either so it's harder to entice her to come back (even with a high pitch exciting voice)...Mia's recall is amazing because she loves food and will do anything for food!
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Take off coats while playing. That's what I do. If it's raining but not snowing then it's not really that cold, it's above freezing. If they're running and playing and chasing they're going to be nice and warm naturally from exercising. They're much more likely to be at risk from overheating while playing and running than from running naked.
I have horses who can sweat unlike dogs. Horses get very sweaty and overheated very quickly after just a couple of minutes of running in their winter blankets.
Overheating is very dangerous for the dogs, the dogs are trying to tell you something! When you're running and exercising, do you leave on your winter coat? No you take it off or you get very sweaty. Dogs can't sweat so it's dangerous.
My current dog has a very short coat and barely sheds. Below forty degrees he shivers so I always out a coat on him when we're out. At the park when he starts running and wrestling and exercising I always take it off. All the other dogs are naked too, even the short haired ones like him. They roll in the snow, it's the the twenties and thirties out, way below freezing and they're completely fine as long as they're running and wrestling.
Once we stop and are just back to standing or sitting in a slow walk if it's below forty degrees I'll put his coat back on. That's when you keep leashed and train leave it.
If they're active leave the coats off so they don't overheat. Your dog is trying to save her poor overheated little buddy that's why it's the only situation in which she won't listen to you. Dogs know more than people sometimes. Listen to her.
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@Shadowmom When it rains here it can get pretty cold, we've seen them shiver (especially my staffy mix) even when they're running around - damn their low body fat! But my friend and I talked about it and we're just gonna bring backpacks and carry the coats in there and if we see that she's cold then we'll have to put the jacket on. It's been usually cold here between -2C and 5C...her dog is really really thin (not underweight) so we're always worried she's going to get cold.
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While teaching leave it I would leave your dog on a long line. If you say leave it and she continues then it is time to recall and rein her in. For the first few times I would have the other dog wear an already destroyed coat that won't bother her if it gets ripped. Carry high value treats. Send her out to play, but the second she grabs the coat (timing is everything) say leave it and rein her in, then reward.
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@jclark343 that's an excellent idea!!! Why didn't I think of that?? I will give that a try! Thanks!
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