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Hello! I recently got a new puppy, she’s a blue Merle border collie and her name is Sammy. Before Sammy, I had an older chihuahua named Timmy but he passed away just a few months ago. I still have my older dog named Cody, who is about 10 years old and is an Australian shepherd and another big dog mix. Cody had been with Timmy for 8+ years and he was pretty sad when Timmy passed away. With this new puppy, he has a friend and even though he doesn’t exactly love it when Sammy bites his fur and ears, he seems happy to have company. The one thing I am concerned about is Cody’s new obsession with bones. Cody used to spend maybe 30 minutes at most every day working on his bones, and the rest of the time sleeping, eating, and playing. (Timmy didn’t usually eat bones because he wasn’t interested). Now that Sammy is here, Cody has been non stop eating bones. It’s very strange. He eats bones, sleeps, eats bones, eats food, eats bones, goes on walks, eats bones, goes to sleep, wakes up, and eats bones. It’s non stop. Sammy does try and chew on the bones but she only does for about 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. It’s just so strange because within 48 hours a brand new bone will be stripped of the good stuff and it’ll be ready to be discarded. I’m just really concerned and want to know if I should take this more seriously. I got bully sticks (easier on the teeth) and still had the same excessive chewing problem. Cody hasn’t shown any signs of being food aggressive, nor has his regular diet changed. What do I do?
 

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If he has a clean bill of health from the vet, it could be displacement behavior caused by the stress of having a new puppy in the house. Make sure that he has plenty of alone time where the puppy isn't pestering him, and see if that helps.
 
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