Hi all, Today when I got home, I noticed that my dog, Marla, has almost totally stripped her tail of fur. It looks pretty disgusting! Aside from the personal ick factor, I know that if she keeps this up she's going to pull open the skin and start a nasty series of injuries and infections. It looks like it's a really new habit. I didn't notice this yesterday, and I think she may have done all the work today. I also know that she's doing it out of anxiety and boredom. I work during the day and she stays in her crate. She's been good about it until basically just now. I knew she was a relatively anxious dog, but I didn't know she had started taking out her anxiety on her body. So, I need some solutions. I just took a major pay cut at work because of the economy so I'm pretty much broke. I was wondering if anyone here has ever experimented with making homemade chew treats? I have a kong toy that I can use, but I have been curious about doing this for a while now. I think if I used a combination of bitter apple spray on any spots that she's wearing on, increasing how much exercise she gets, and giving her more to do in her crate during the day, it might solve the problem before it gets worse. I've also been curious about the possibility of baking my own dog kibble, but instead of making it into kibbles, making it into a log that the dog would have to gnaw on for a while to keep her busy. Any ideas or recipes?