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dolljl 05-20-2014 09:45 PM

Too smart
 
I have a female German Shepard who is 2 yrs old now she has out smarted us on so many occassions I don't know what to do. First it was her crate she figure out how to get out of that. So we did everything from copper wiring to cable ties. Finally after I place both doors against the wall that stopped her. But then She was peeing in her crate even after we let her out prior to going to pick my kids up from school which is a total of 10 total mins from leaving house to pick and home . So we took the crate away because it was too hard with 2 young kids just getting home and then cleaning the crate and he dog. So she was good for a while then she was getting in the garbage when we left. So we started to put chairs I front of cabinet that held garbage. But she still got in it so now we just put it in another room. Now she has Ben getting in our freezer and eating raw deer steaks. And then getting sick on them and vomiting in places that are hard to find. So we resorted to a bundgie cord only fridge. So today she told us she was mad at us again and got into pantry and took cookies and chocolate powder for milk and ate those which are at least 4 few off the ground.


In my house we have me and my fiancÚ and our two kids 12 and 4 an two cats and iris our dog. We have mostly always been at home w the dog since we got her at 8 wks. The kids play w her we take her outside. But not as much as she needs. But she still is doing all of this to the house. I am concerned for her with eating all this bad food and also for the repairs on my house.. We r debating about going back to he crate. And we are getting outside kennel and also a gate for the stairs because she eats all the cat food and their poop.


I guess I asking for help of what to do.. She is so smart that she gets into trouble. I been thinking about getting a gate for the room her crate will be in to try to keep her to an area but she will out smart us on that too.

ZoeD1217 05-20-2014 09:50 PM

I'd get one of those heavy duty crates. That's my only advice.

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brightspot 05-20-2014 10:24 PM

She's not mad, she's bored. How much exercise does she get?

ken k 05-21-2014 08:33 AM

take her with you to pick up the kids, sounds like she needs more excersie

dolljl 05-21-2014 08:36 AM

I am ordering at least two of those gates. And we try at least twice a day and now that it is nice out more because the kids will be out more. We have recently got in trouble with dog warden because we did not have her on a leash. We have never had an issue w her not being on a leash but one day someone else was watching my daughter and did not shut door tight and wind blew it open iris and she got out, but she did not run away she stayed near by the house but scared someone. The next day I took her out w me and the kids and she ran over to this lady again when she was walking her dog and after that called the dog warden.

Is it common to put a dog back into a crate? To retrain her that is a safe place? We are going to put it behind our chair in living room because that is where she always goes.

huntergreen 05-21-2014 08:42 AM

our dog is only crated when we are not home, for us placement is not important. how much time does your dog spend in the crate per day?

LoveEcho 05-21-2014 08:50 AM

Dogs don't get "mad"- eliminate that from your vocabulary and you'll be a lot closer to solving the problem. She's not trying to get revenge, she's trying to entertain herself (and does so by getting into things that make her sick). She doesn't know she's not supposed to do those things. Yes, she is very smart- that's why the breed needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Crating is only part of the problem- yes, it keeps her safe and contained... but the largest part of the equation is the training and exercise. How much training do you do with her? Do you practice anything like NILIF?

A bored dog is a destructive dog.

Lilie 05-21-2014 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by dolljl (Post 5544777)
. The kids play w her we take her outside. But not as much as she needs. .

You already know the answer to your question!

dolljl 05-21-2014 09:30 AM

When she was in the crate it was usually at night and maybe an 1 or 2 hrs during the day if that we r normally home. Don't like to do much because usually one of us is at work while the other one is at home. There would be an occasion where she would be in there for 12 once every 2 weeks. She has not been in the crate for about a year now. Training we try every time we take her outside. And when someone comes to the door. I know we need to work on more for stimulation and training.

LoveEcho 05-21-2014 09:43 AM

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Originally Posted by dolljl (Post 5546209)
When she was in the crate it was usually at night and maybe an 1 or 2 hrs during the day if that we r normally home. Don't like to do much because usually one of us is at work while the other one is at home. There would be an occasion where she would be in there for 12 once every 2 weeks. She has not been in the crate for about a year now. Training we try every time we take her outside. And when someone comes to the door. I know we need to work on more for stimulation and training.

If she's getting into stuff when she's unattended, especially stuff that can/does make her sick, she needs to be crated again. I had an escape artist and the airline crates were the only thing that worked.

I think dramatically increasing her exercise (mental and physical) will solve most of your problems :)


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