Clothesline remover Bella

by Melissa

I have a 23 month old female rotty Bella who I have had for three months. She is very skittish and frightened of everything and it has taken her a long time to settle. We have a 10 year old rotty Male who she adores.

In the past few weeks she has been removing clothes off the line. I haven’t been able to catch her doing it. I have walked her more to burn some more energy. Any ideas? Thanks

Hi Melissa
Every pup is different and it sounds as though Bella is just a bit more nervous by nature than your other Rottie. As she grows her self confidence should grow too, and lots of positive socialization should help.

As for removing clothes from the line, it’s one of those behaviors where you need to catch her in the act in order to correct her effectively.

Some behaviors such as this one are very tricky to stop unless you’re prepared to spend a lot of time and effort to supervise her whenever she’s outside and to correct regularly and consistently. Removing the temptation is easier and successful in a more immediate way, but obviously doesn’t teach her not to do it!

Restricting her access to the area where the washing is being hung is probably the simplest and most effective solution, given time to ‘forget’ about this habit she should outgrow it, and then access to that area of the yard could be restored.

By the way she looks like a sweetheart 🙂

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Apr 17, 2012

Thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

Thankyou for your feedback. Interestingly, she hasn’t done it since I first posted it. We have been spending much more one to one time with her and she is responding well. 🙂

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