Milly is making holes in the walls.
The young family moved into a brand new house six months ago. There are two
My detective work could only deduce that it could be any or all of several possible reasons.
My first suspicion before arriving was that it could be something like calcium lacking in Milly’s diet. As soon as I entered the kitchen I saw a bowl of Bakers Complete on the floor.
This immediately gave weight to my first thoughts about nutrition.
The first time Milly started eating plaster was the day their first baby was born. It would be safe to assume that it was due to stress. She had been left at home alone a lot longer than usual while everyone was at the hospital. It was a one-off.
Then a couple of years elapsed until at a BBQ Milly swallowed what I think was a bamboo skewer. It punctured both her
The eating plaster habit then began.
On the day of their new baby’s arrival, five weeks ago, the plaster eating escalated.
All but one of the incidents occurred on occasions when Milly had been left alone for eight hours – and it didn’t happen every time. Some days it was after she’d had a long morning walk with lots of ball play but other days she has no walk at all. It’s possible that either too much arousal on walks (ball throwing) or no walk at all on the day of the chewing or the previous day may be a factor also.
Possibly she has mild separation issues when left for hours? Could it be boredom? Taking a video could be difficult as she roams the house although they will now restrict her to part of
Milly’s does have one other fault. She pulls on
Milly is a sensitive dog and will pick up emotions from her humans who have been through a lot of change recently. Stress builds up and perhaps eating plaster ‘does the job’ for Milly.
Being scolded scares
Eating plaster. What apart from the obvious does Milly get out of it?
Does it just make her feel better? Is it
Is it simply a mix of some or all of these things?
As a precise diagnosis
Stress will be reduced in every way possible.
The humans will no longer scold if they again come home to find damage.
Milly will be given regular walks whilst not over-stimulating her and also teach her to walk nicely so that the young lady can walk her with the baby.
Any possible separation issues will be worked on.
She will be left with plenty of stuff to do and chew when they go out, including a marrow bone – lots of calcium – much better than eating plaster!
They are going to make arrangements for Milly not to be left alone for so long on certain days.
Maybe eating plaster is now becoming a habit?
If we cover all angles the behaviour should cease. If it doesn’t, then I suggest she has a thorough vet check to make sure she’s not got anything else going on inside her.
Three weeks have gone by. From an email: She is doing much better on the loose lead, it does take a lot of patience but it’s definitely better. We are just taking it slow but it’s good to see the progress