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Confessions of a Neurotic Dog Mom: I Used Paper Towels as a Decoy

White paper towel texture of square insets

June is so close to being free. So close to napping during the day on the couch instead of in her crate.

She mostly listens, and mostly chews all the awesome toys she has when she’s bored. She mostly leaves the cats to their cat business. Mostly.

We’ve been testing her, here and there. We’ve puppy proofed. But we miss things. She’s ruined a book and chewed holes in three pillows. She also scratched a few fibers out of the carpet.

But she’s been good too. Good enough to earn parole again.

When we went to Luna’s wake last night, we wanted to leave June loose. She’d had a lot of exercise, and we were feeling sentimental about Luna, and all dogs. My fiance played on that. He is the wild card parent.

“Let’s just leave her.”

We protected the pillows and picked up all the books. We couldn’t identify any targets. But you never know.

I remembered something a friend told me that her friend does with an anxious dog. She leaves a decoy out; an old magazine, right on the floor. Her dog goes for that and leaves the pillows alone.

I told him. We thought about it.

Paper towels: Our animals cannot resist a roll of paper towels. June has gotten them from under our noses a few times, and we waited a few minutes to take them back, due to her complete and utter joy in tearing through them. She spits them out too. She spits everything out. Otherwise this would not be an option.

We planted the decoy, right on the floor.

We came home to one happy dog, two happy cats, all pillows intact, and this.

June and paper towels

June took the bait.


Paper towel texture image via Flickr user Horia Varlan.
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  1. That is so funny. And so smart! My sis has a 7 mo old pup who they have to keep in pens – their house has pens all over the place! I’ll have to tell her this technique when they get brave enough to leave him out. (Which may be a while cuz he eats everything!)

    August 27, 2013
    • We are so lucky that she spits things out! I think about it every day… The only other downside is how wasteful it is! We need those paper towels!

      August 27, 2013
  2. Funny! I remember those days of having to worry about everything left outside that Indu could get to.. She used to chew through plastic. She used to dig holes in the yard too. Thank heaven she’s outgrown that. June will too. Just give it time. 🙂
    PS- her ears are just too cute.

    August 27, 2013
    • Wise words from a dog mom who’s been there!

      August 27, 2013
  3. What about using old newspapers?

    August 27, 2013
    • We don’t have any! I know it’s so sad. We’re mostly digital these days. Except books, and that is out of the question 🙂

      August 28, 2013
  4. Another tip I heard/used is spraying the item with something that the dog doesn’t like. I can’t remember what I used, but look it up on google, and you will find plenty of suggestions. 🙂

    August 27, 2013
  5. Fantastic.

    August 27, 2013
  6. Aww! The decoy is a great idea. We go through the same thing with our dog… we’ll have to try that!

    August 28, 2013
  7. Brilliant idea!

    September 4, 2013

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