Originally Posted by Baillif
It just sounds like you need more management with the dog. He had a yard before and space and that helped make up the lack of time spent draining his energy actively on the part of his owners.
Now that he doesn't have that outside space that energy still needs some place to go. Sounds like it has been going into destroying your stuff. If I were you I'd get a crate. Feed him in the crate so that your kids can't screw with him while he is eating or chewing on a chew toy, keep him in the crate unless you are watching him directly. Make sure you are making an effort to supply him with routine and high intensity exercise if you can't invest time in less intensive exercise (and it sounds like you can't your hands are already pretty full.)
I'm glad you didn't over react and put the dog down or something like that.
I agree with Baillif on all points, I have three children as well and when our dogs are eating or snacking the dogs are put away so they can't mess with them.
I always handle their food while they are eating but I still don't want my kids near them.
I really would look into him going to your mom's because this might just be more then you can handle at this point, as a mother of three young kids I myself know how overwhelming and stressful it is to be able to manage it all. I also understand that finding at least an hour to excercise the dog is very hard when you have young children. So perhaps you'd be better off in the long run..
Hope all works out for you
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