Help!!!!!!

I cannot get Ms. Trixie to stop shredding blankets. Last night I was laying in bed and I felt a tug by my feet. It was my little devil trying to yank off my blanket!! I have already replaced 3 sets of sheets and numerous blankets that I put in her crate. (I have found baby receiving blankets cheaper to buy than the pet beds she has shredded). I would blame it on her being in her crate while we are at work but she had not been put in her crate all weekend. I don't know what to do with her. I finally put her in a time out because she next went to my son's bed and had his pillow. Any suggestions on getting her to stop. Believe my when I say I watch her like a hawk!!! It seems like anything cloth (underwear, my husbands socks) she wants to shred and tear up!!

How old is she?

I would say to exercise & do training with her and tire her out. A bored basenji is a destructive one. A tired one makes a happy owner.

You can also give her her own thing to chew or destroy.

I agree, more exercise.
Also, I use Bitter apple spray on stuff she shouldn't be putting her mouth on.

We walk every night and I have been training about 10 - 15 min. per day with her. That is about all her attention span will stand for. She just turned a year old in December. As far as toys goes she has 2 laundry baskets full of toys!! We try to keep her entertained and exercised!! Not to mention she has a fenced in back yard that she has full reign of and spends countless hours outside. (We live in Florida)

We tried bitter apple then cayenne pepper and they just became used to it, in fact they started asking for margaritas and bringing tortilla chips to the furniture.

Our eventually grew out of it, helped along with approved chewies and more exercise.

I also agree with the bitter apple and training. Medjai was never bad, but he runs around with me a lot, and I started puppy classes as soon as I got him.

Medjai being tired, doesn't always make me happy, as he will settle down out of sight, and I can't figure out what he is doing. I'm always afraid he's going to mark something as his. (he only just started to do it)

@Barklessdog:

We tried bitter able then cayenne pepper and they just became used to it, in fact they started asking for margaritas and bringing tortilla chips to the furniture.

LMAO. Soooo funny!

did you try a spray bottle to spray them with when you catch them in the act. I use it for my pups when they are fighting and it cools them off each other (well maybe for about 10 mintues but it still works). It's ahrd once they find something they like to chew, Mia was teh carpet, and we had to remodel the entrance and put strips on the carpet because of her. She doesn't do it anymore, because everytime I caight her chewing teh carpet I would spray her. And she hates water. So this might be a suggestion.

Here's a thought on why she might be chewing on everything-You say she has two laundry baskets full of toys. I would assume they would be stuffed animals. If you are giving your dog stuffed animals, just look around your house to see what else is made of cloth or fabric. Practically everything. Just because you know the difference between her toys and you possessions, don't assume she wants to know the difference. To her and her mouth, they feel the same. I also give mine stuffed animals, but all my bedroom doors are closed and unless I'm there-they do NOT enter. I'm not saying you're not watching her, but she is a Basenji. My only suggestion is to make off limits places for her. There is also something at the vet's called bandage spray-taste's worse than bitter apple or lemon-you may want to try that.

I went through a ton of blankets before I realized that it is MUCH CHEAPER to go to the fabric store and buy some inexpensive fabric. You can get it by the yard. No need to sew it. Just cut it into the length you want.
As a puppy Chance had a ton of accidents and I grew tired of buying blankets or dog beds. Hope this helps!

@ELERICKSON40:

I cannot get Ms. Trixie to stop shredding blankets. Last night I was laying in bed and I felt a tug by my feet. It was my little devil trying to yank off my blanket!! I have already replaced 3 sets of sheets and numerous blankets that I put in her crate. (I have found baby receiving blankets cheaper to buy than the pet beds she has shredded). I would blame it on her being in her crate while we are at work but she had not been put in her crate all weekend. I don't know what to do with her. I finally put her in a time out because she next went to my son's bed and had his pillow. Any suggestions on getting her to stop. Believe my when I say I watch her like a hawk!!! It seems like anything cloth (underwear, my husbands socks) she wants to shred and tear up!!

Hey! You must own a Basenji.

Keoki can be a problem in this also. The only bed he has access to is the one in our spare bedroom, which is blocked by the ex-pen in which the dogs sleep. I say blocked because every once in a while {like this morning}, the little turd finds a way to get on the bed and start fighting with the bedding. :mad: I'm going to take the sheets/blankets off and just put an old bottom sheet on and leave it at that. 😞

That room used to be so nice….. and then Keoki came to stay. LOL, it's all good though; we don't have many out of town visitors, and usually those are my sisters who are willing to sleep on the couch. :p

We buy fleece-like fabric by the yard, but I went through a lot of bottom sheets with Topper, he would dig and dig till he made a little hole, then chew, and rip big holes. She will grow out of it, Topper did at about 8.

Anne in Tampa

Thanks for all the tips. I have tried all of these suggestions but I will just keep on plugging along. That is a good idea about buying fabric. Trixie and I start obedience classes next week. Everyone say a prayer for us!! Ha Ha. I never really thought about her chewing on stuffed toys and than blankets! Maybe I will try walking her twice a day. See if that helps!!

I began only putting blankets in the crate at night & Dallas won't shred at night since he's sleeping. When he gets up in the morning I remove the blankets so he doesn't have the chance to shred them. Now for your own personal blankets, I would suggest just making them not available. Make sure your bedroom door is closed during the day & put all extra blankets in the closet or something? Also people say tired basenjis = good basenjis. Haha. I chase mine around the house & so he gets to run quite a bit. Take yours into the backyard but don't just leave , chase her around so that you know she is getting exercise & will wear herself out. Think of it this way, good exercise for her & you as well! You'll probably sleep like a log…I know I do after chasing Dallas around!

One thing I have always done with my dogs is anytime I catch them chewing on something they are not supposed to, I tell them no and give them what they are supposed to chew on and tell them "good dog" You may have to do it a 100 times or so, but they get the point. Also, anytime Dash/Sissy is chewing on something they are supposed to you praise them. Try to catch them doing something right as much as possble. That way they don't only get attention when they are doing something bad.

I would suggest 1. doing several bouts of exercise before going to bed; while 15 minutes is all she can handle do some then quit then some more then quit then some more; this way she'll be doggonetired (:)) and remember the best basenji is a tired basenji; 2. maybe she needs to be put in an exercise pen in the bedroom (not quite like being in a crate) for the night until she grows out of it.

I have been trying to do the whole positive praise with her but I'm telling you she gets in these moods where for a solid half hour to one hour she does everything she is not supposed to do and I swear she is smiling at me and laughing the entire time!! We all play with Trixie outside in the yard inside the house, we just can't seem to wear her out!! Keep in mind she also has a big sister named Josie that she plays with. I keep telling my husband she needs a brother!! can't seem to convince him yet of that. He just looks at me and says (AND YOU WANT 2 B'S??????!!!!) and my reply is yes. I'm hoping she will grow out of it?? LOL She is only a year old, but thanks for all the suggestions. I appreciate your wisdom!!

I also have had good luck with a spray bottle - they hate it and actually, all I have to do most times now is just show it to them!

My basenjis ate underwear also - the trick is to put everything in the hamper and put the hamper in a closet and close the door. My dogs are never loose in any of our bedrooms unless we are there - too many things for them to get into. They're allowed loose in the living areas of the house without supervision because those areas are dog proofed. Bedrooms are just too hard. We keep all the bathrooms doors shut as well because they consider the bathroom trash a delicacy.

Also, I've noticed if my guys are exercised enough, they chew a lot more. If Willie is run on a regular basis, he's fine, but if it's been a while because of the cold or other bad weather, he'll eat a remote, or chew on a leather box that he's totally ignored for two years! It suddenly becomes interesting for his bored brain.

Spray bottles are wonderful things. But this is a B you are talking about. They'll behave… as long as the spray bottle or you are watching them. If not, well... say good-bye to the blanket.

The rules are finite: whatever you don't want them to have, don't give them access to. A little tough at times as you'd think putting laundry in a laundry basket (or blankets folded neatly in a basket waiting to be put away) would do the trick but oh no! Lest we forget that laundry baskets have holes in the sides for ventilation and therefore, a more challenging space to pull articles thru!

sometimes I wonder what it would be like to spend a day thinking like a B... how tired the mind must get! No wonder they love sleeping as much as they do!

Yeah we have been doing the spray bottle for a while. I am seriously considering bringing the water hose into the house. I think that might get her attention!! LOL Half the time I think I would be scared to be inside her head!!! LOL Trixie also likes to pull everthing out of the laundry baskets (and she can do it in about 2 seconds when it is on the way to the laundry room! But the other day she drug the basket for me to the laundry room!! What a smart B!!! Ha Ha

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