Chewing on Deck and Sticks

by Hinkle
(Leonardville, Kansas, US)

Our Pyrenees is an outside dog and turned one year the end of February. We live out in the country and are not home all day except for weekends. He is chewing up our deck and brings up sticks to chew up. We give him bones and chew toys but just not enough. I know he is bored! No other animals around right now. Do you think getting a few goats would keep him occupied and out of trouble. Would he need to be trained with them or will instinct kick in?

Thank you,

Desperately need advice!!

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Mar 27, 2021
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by: Donna

You have a pup who is bored, as you said. You need to learn how to work with him before you consider goats.

Do get him chew toys such as knuckle bones but always keep an eye on him. Take it away when he gets it down to too small a size. Make sure you have already worked on taking things away from him so he isn't resource guarding.

Don't just wait for him to grow out it. Work with your dog so you build a real connection and partnership with him. Never hit him or punish him for something you have not properly taught him. Dogs do need to chew so have a look as this information to choose which chews are good for him.

He is not ready to watch over goats on his own. You would need to train him to the goats. He wouldn't be ready to be left alone with them until he shows that he is ready. It could take a month to six months. This means leashing him to you as you work around the goats. This will involve distraction work. Goats can be idiots. You do not want your dog to be hurt or the goats to be hurt.

I expect you are walking him at least two hours a day. Plus, some training work. He is doing the best he can, with the education he has been given in the environment that he is.


Here is a blog post that will give you some information to help you.

I would highly recommend you join the Free Online Dog Training Workshop, check out all the resources in Dogsthat Podcast including Susan Garrett's podcast.

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by: Ck In va

I have had the same issue. If you have room a playmate helps.They do grow out or it.It will take aprox. 3 years Then have them fixed.spen as much time with them as you can.

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