Diesel is certainly a joy to have in our home. He is playful, bright, inquisitive, bold and adventurous. He enjoys his solitude almost as much as he loves attention from us and from our other Yorkies. He is a normal, healthy in every respect. Well, he does have this one habit, although it may technically be “normal”, is both funny and odd.
We are training Diesel to use a Puppy Pad, Pee Pee Pad or whatever other marketing name manufacturers have given to the absorbent pads you lay down for your puppy to use to do his business. The pad is placed in his playpen, on the opposite side of where he sleeps and eats. It usually works well, except for one small problem. Diesel apparently thinks the pad is a toy! Almost as soon as we place a new, clean sheet on the floor, Diesel happily runs over to investigate it. After a stomping on it a bit, some barking and a bit of sniffing, he then starts to bite into the cottony material. As he is biting it, he uses his puppy sharp claws to begin to rip away the fabric, tearing it into tiny shreds.
He has toys in his playpen – lots of them. Rather than play with them as would be expected, Diesel prefers to gather up his toys, put them in his bed and sleep on them. He seems more interested in hoarding them as if he were saving them for play on a rainy day. The Puppy Pad, however, becomes a toy he can rip and chew for hours on end.
There is no danger in this behavior to Diesel, but it does make cleaning difficult! He is sometimes covered in the white cotton and strips and bits of pad are strewn all across his pen, however, he doesn’t seem to mind one bit. To stop this wanton destruction of his housebreaking materials, we’ve tried to lock the pad down using special trays and covers, but he still manages to rip the pads out and happily destroy them before our eyes.
Eventually, he will tire of his Puppy Pad obliteration habit. Is this “normal” behavior? Probably, but what will he do for amusement and/or to satisfy his need to create cotton confetti when he tires from this obsession? For that story, we’ll have to wait to hear from his new forever family after he settles in!