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How to stop puppy from eating everything

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 08:24

I agree Steve - distraction is best!  You can even play in a small garden with a rope toy and kongs, you don't need to play throw and fetch.

How to stop puppy from eating everything

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 16:12

With our VERY lively springer pup (now 5 years old) I resigned myself to the fact that for the first year we had him that my garden may look scrappy.

The issue wasn't eating plants at all but the 'formula pup' racetrack he made for himself (out the back door, through the first border, up the steps to the decking at the back of the garden, round the decking, back through a second border and back through the front door - and repeat, again, and again!!!).

Loads of things got trampled and broken off but most seemed to survive until the following year.

Hes now very well behaved in the garden and just needs the odd 'no' if he follows a butterfly into the border. 

Highlight of the summer? Seeing him in the hot weather sat in his own paddling pool to cool off his paws - love 'im!

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 17:21

If the dog is with me, classic fm (he loves it - reduces a springer spaniel to deep sleep in about a minute).  If I am on my own, Heart radio (local) which plays a mix of stuff from the 70's through to today.

Just a thought .............

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 08:12

Verdun, I am thinking that snail shells on canes are similar to heads on stakes, being a deterrent!  Every little helps as they say!    But in answer to your question, no it doesn't work

Just a thought .............

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 17:14

I sometimes use empty snail shells to top off my canes to stop me poking my eye out!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 11:10

I agree Hostafan1

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 13:12

Used to live in Winchester (Hampshire) but love it here, wouldn't live anywhere else.

My mum gives me plants from her garden in Hampshire and tells me that they will grow to X height.  I plant them down here and they end up twice the size!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 13:06

This is true, although I am an incomer! Married a Cornish boy.  Been here for 15+ years so not quite 'local' yet!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:24

Usually pretty mild here on the north coast too but we did have a good few days of frosty weather last year.

After discovering them, I did bring them inside in the vain hope that they may survive, but no luck unfortunately

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 26/11/2015 at 08:01

I think I have mentioned on a previous thread that I put mine in a potting shed last year and lost most of them as they froze and went mushy (even down here in Cornwall).  Won't be doing that again!

They are now in my conservatory along with all my other succulents.

Some of the aeonium leaves are starting to wilt but I'm not really going to worry as they tend to perk up again when they are put outside again.

I tend to take any cuttings in late spring once its been outside for a bit and livened up.


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