8 month old destroy the couch
If you would like to skip the story you can just look at the picture.... :(
We left Lincoln home from 2 pm to 2 am the next morning on Saturday night (we went to the college football game at the town 2 hours away). He has always been left home alone 8 hours a day since he was 4 months old and never cause any big trouble.. (maybe a piece of mail stolen from the counter was chew up or something) so I WAS trusting him somewhat with the house. I keep checking on my webcam and I didn't see him almost all day. So I was a little nervous. When I got home, I saw that my leather couch was... well as you can see in the picture
I'm not blaming him as much as I blame myself... I was warned that bored puppy can get destructive. I just trust him too much I guess. But now the question is.... how do I make sure he doesn't do it again? Since I didn't catch him in the action I didn't know how to tell him this is not OK.
And to top his accomplishment of the day.. he figured out that he could jump on the bed. Our bed is a little tall and he never try to jump on before. So there we were wrestling to get him down and stay down at 3 am Sunday morning. Oh! and the next morning I was drinking coffee watching my show on my macbook and he knock my cup and it spill on my laptop.. I haven't get a call back from the shop yet how much the damage is.
It is crazy how much lack of exercise can do so much damage... I had to see it to believe it.
And if anyone knows what I can do with that couch, please share. Can it be fixed by some... I don't know place?? :cry:
Keep in mind leaving most 8 mo GSDs home alone is like leaving a 4 or 5 year old child home alone. Mine are all kenneled until 16 to 18 months, depending on the dog.
I lost a couch once. Luckily, it was a starter that wasn't worth much. I have nicer things now, and try to eliminate the OPPORTUNITY to make mistakes whenever possible.
That is an awesome looking dog. Your couch....call it post zombie apocalypse modern. Or rearrange the room so the back of the couch is on a wall...or maybe you need a buffet table to put back there....I guess I'm not much help.
As for avoiding future destructive behavior: do you have a room you can turn in to the doggie den? The usual thing is to use a kennel, but a guest bedroom or other room that can be adjusted will also work. Leaving a puppy unsupervised with free access to the entire house is a recipe for much entertainment. For other people to read about after the fact, not for you.
I'm really not sure how to teach dogs not to do this, we've just gotten insanely lucky with our older dogs. I'm hoping that Kaiser and Hawk will just play together when I have to be away instead of Kaiser demonstrating his redecorating skills. The other thing my dogs have taught us is to not leave food (or tasty trash) where they can get to it. The trash can is in the pantry behind a closed door. My office trash can only gets paper and empty coke bottles. Food wrappers, old pizza boxes, or anything potentially tasty goes in the trash where they can't get to it. The counters are always cleaned off, unless I intentionally leave a surprise for them to find (I didn't say I was a good dog trainer).
Hmmm...fixing it? IDK. Fix what you can and place it against a wall to hide the back (chewed part)?
Maybe if you have to be gone that long again, you can have a friend or relative come over & let him out? Or spend some a little time with him?
12 hours is a long time, IMO.
Just a suggestion :)
What is your kennel like?? We have a dog run in the yard which is a pretty good size but its very hot here in Texas I didn't want to leave him in there..
As for our house I can't work any other room to make it a den for him. My living room the only room that will give him access to go to the potty spot :(
Put that couch up against the wall is also my first option pop up in my mind lol so yes you are helpful
Yeah I would definitely have someone come over. I usually do that on the day we work late. But that particular day all our friends were at the game with us so I thought I would take a shot. Needless to say that wasn't a wise decision lol
Good luck and welcome to the joys of owning your own personal hurricane.
We have finished concrete floors so we have also become dust bunny ranchers.
Oh he looks sooo cute though. Sorry I had to lol at the pic. What a handsome boy, but def too young to be left alone for 8 hours. Gotta put him in the crate til at least a year or longer. Just put the couch against a wall like everyone suggests. And make a poster if that pic and sell it! $$$
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Well, Lincoln is a cutie! :wub:
Sorry, but I had to laugh a little too...
It'd be hard for me to stay mad at that sweetheart too long.
I know it's not funny, But...
I had to giggle at that photo. He looks so proud, haha. The same satisfied grin my Mattie used to give me when she "helped" out in the yard by digging yet another bigger, better hole (that I never really needed).
We live and learn, when it comes to management. I agree, just put the couch against the wall :)
Oh, and Good Owner for not yelling at your dog when you didn't catch him in the act.
Thank you for not punishing him...unless you catch him it's done & over.
He has not earned his freedom from the crate yet. Back he goes when your not home.
I too, giggled at the picture. Couldn't help it. He does look like he's showing off his handy work.
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