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Q: How can we get the dog to stop her destruction????

March 13, 2008 | By Shannon L. | 5 answers | Expired: 2309 days ago

How can we get the dog to stop her destruction????

When our 1 year old lab mix gets angry with us, normally when we have to go out, even for a few minutes, she chews things up or tears up the trash. She has even gone onto the counters and stolen food. If my kids leave thier bedroom doors open, she will go in and drag thier stuffed animals out and leave them all over the floor. Sometimes shredding a couple, other times not. We have tried praise when she's good, locking her in the bathroom when she's not, swatting her butt, her nose (a suggestion from a SPCA 20 year Veteran worker), positive and negative reinforcement, spending more time with her, giving her outside time before leaving, nothing works......what it comes down to is she never wants us to leave her alone and if we do, SOMETHING is getting torn up. We don't leave her alone much as I am home most of the time, but I DO occasionally have to go to the grocery store, or church. I am afraid we are going to have to crate her up when we leave, but I have always hated the idea. I'd love it if we could just train her better. Any ideas? Oh and for the record, since I have been fussed at since I first posted this......She DEFINATLY knows what she did when she gets a swat for shredding things. She has her guilty face on and skulks around as soon as we walk in the door. If she was good, she jumps around and puts her belly up for a rub. She KNOWS when she has been into mischief.

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amy c.
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Mar 19, 2008

of course she knows... smart little dog. I know your hesitant about crating your dog but you shouldnt be. sometimes it becomes their haven when your away. your dog is obviously suffering from sepearation anxiety... shes freaking out when your away thinking your going to leave her forever. crating her is the best option... As long as you proper crate train her things will be fine.. im afraid that thats the best option.

To crate train:

put your dog in the crate when she goes in successfully give a treat walk away. Leave in for five to ten minutes come back reward spend time with her.

After an hour or so do this again but leave her in for fifteen to twenty minutes. Again reward when come back and wait another hour.

Continue doing this increasing the time each time.. obviously it doesnt have to be an hour if you get tired with it stop for the day.. the more and more you do this the more comftorable your dog will get with going into their crate & comftorable knowing you are comming back.


Please dont be hesitant about this... we crate train all of our dogs.. & my dog sleeps in there sometime when IM HOME... or goes in there when he is scared... its a haven for them eventually & it becomes very comftorable plus it will save innoncent stuffies from being ripped.

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mom k.
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Mar 13, 2008

a tired puppy is a happy puppy.she needs atleast 3 walks a day start with 15 min each and work up the time from there..also she needs to be crate trained if shes in there she cant destroy stuff when your not home or baby gate her in the kitchen.she has no idea that ur kids toys arent hers if u give her stuffed dog toys to her they are the same.also swatting your dog is abuse and it makes them afraid of u.she has no idea why u hit her she only knows it hurts.time outs for dogs really dont help either,its a dog not a person.u need to be the alpha dog so she listens better.also how many "tricks"does she know?sit stay lay down leave it etc?these also help with behavior as she will know that when she does them she gets a treat.good luck

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mom k.
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Mar 13, 2008

also have u invested in kongs or nylabones? they give her something to do and really work

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