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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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how can I stop my neutered male ***** ***** 6 years old from

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how can I stop my neutered male ***** ***** 6 years old from destroying all toys. Just bought a hard prickly ball to ' kick and get a goal' ! like he used to in our previous garden with polo balls. It was great to watch, he was very animated concentrating hard. However the first thing he did with this new prickly ball was to try and bite it to death like he has all his Christmas presents.
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What type of toys does he have now?
Which kinds of toys does he like?
What kind of exercise does he get?
How long is he walked each day?
He sounds high energy. Is that your opinion too?
Has he had any obedience training?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I tend to go for very hard balls which are virtually indestructable, but he still tries to bite and kill them. there are also squeezy toys which he beheads and dismembers within half an hour so I don't buy them any more.

He gets plenty of exercise, each day Mon-Fri he goes out with his 'gang' the lady who takes him is training to be a dog behaviourist and she is insured to take 6 dogs, one of which is mine, they go from 9am to often after 12 noon. At weekends my daughter often takes him as I have balance problems and find it difficult, that is why I get Helen (the Mon-Fri girl) to help out. He is quite high energy but after his morning exercise he often will sleep all afternoon and into the evening after his evening meal then all night. I am trying new toys which are designed to give him some mental stimulation, i.e. hiding some food in toys which he has to find. He's too good at that!! He didn't start out as mine, the previous owners had taught him to 'go away' when they are eating and he obeys, he can do 'paw' when offered food and a roly-poly when he wants his tummy tickled. He has a lovely gentle nature, I just wish he wouldn't dismember all his 'babies'...

Thanks for that information. It is helpful. Terrier breeds were bred to be hunt fox originally and thus are very high energy. It doesn't surprise me that he tries to "kill" his toys. While buying indestructible toys is a good idea, there are other avenues to explore to keep him occupied and well adjusted. First I'll give you some ideas for toys that are pretty indestructible.
One ball I've found to be indestructible (took the rotties years to finally destroy one) was a rubber coated hardball. They use these for practice. The one I have used is 0010 BB Markwort DIMPLE. It can be seen on this site:
Here is another larger ball that is pretty much indestructible.
The other nice toy is the kong with treat compartment. Fill the compartment with peanut butter or yogurt and freeze it. Since it has to be licked out and slowly, this can help occupy him as well.
Toys with squeakers are not a good idea with a high energy dog. The squeak reminds them of prey and encourages them try and tear it apart.
Now the alternatives I mentioned are trying some agility work with him. It is likely you will need to work with him on obedience training first before going to agility, but agility can be very rewarding for high energy dogs. It doesn't have to be hard on you physically but provides him with lots of exercise as he runs through tunnels, up ladders or teeter totters and over barriers. In addition to the exercise it really keeps them mentally stimulated as well.
Here is a site that goes over agility training for your dog.
Often you can pick up a toddler's tunnel at second hand stores and have a handy neighbor or husband build some jumps and a teeter totter for practically nothing.
I think this will help keep him both mentally and physically keep occupied. I would keep to toys that are not destructible when at all possible.
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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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Experience: Dog breeder/Trainer and Behaviorist 18+ years
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