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Old 12-29-2013, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HELP! Dog chews if we're not paying attention

Help! My GSD is 9 months. We are having an issue with him chewing stuff up if he's in our room and we're here. We lock him in our room (with a gate, so he can still see/hear us) if we're eating, or doing something we'll know he'll be in the way.

Tonight during dinner we hear RIIIP. He tore into our comforter. I assume it's since he's pissed he's in there and we're out here.

He is crate trained, but we try to keep him out of the crate if we're here.

What can I do to stop the chewing/ruining stuff? Should we crate him everytime we can't pay total attention?

Do they ever get to the point when you can leave them out when you're gone?????
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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of course they can be left alone without bothering
things. you have to start house training.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He probably tore it up because he was entertaining himself. You could try providing him with something to occupy him .. a treat dispensing toy that he has to work to get things out of ... a stuffed Kong.... or make sure he's sufficiently tired to settle down for a bit of a nap. Until he is trustworthy, I would crate him if you can't watch him. He could injure himself if he chews/swallows the wrong thing.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I assume it's since he's pissed he's in there and we're out here.
Nonsense. He's just an adolescent who's bored. Ripping stuff up is fun! He doesn't know it makes you mad -- he just knows the sensation of ripping is entertaining, the comforter smells like you, and there's interesting fluffy stuff inside to discover. Shoes and socks smell like you and will be delicious to chew, too.

This is the age of mischief. Use your crate or expect him to get into stuff if he doesn't know better -- and then when he gets into stuff, just get mad at yourself for setting him up to fail. It sucks and it's frustrating, but it's up to you to set him up to do the right thing -- keep him on a leash next to you in the house if necessary, so that he can learn some house manners just by observing, and by being praised for doing the right things (i.e., being a good dog).

Some questions...

What did you leave him to entertain himself with in the room? (Have you discovered the wonder of a stuffed kong to entertain him yet?)

How much are you exercising him? (At this age, exercise can be a big component of how much mischief they get into.)

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