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12-19-2013 06:28 AM
Crocky I never had so much as a paper towel chewed up with my Kesler girl who passed away at the young age of eight this past year but with my boy Silas he is a character and if he can reach it, it is fair game. We started putting our trash can in an area that is not accessible even if they were out and about in they house (which only happens when I am home, otherwise they stay in the "puppy" room which has a dog door for access to our fenced in yard). Anyway the main point of my post is our dachshund is almost 8 years old and he cannot be trusted with any type of trash can. He is a Houdini when it comes to them. Acting all innocent and acting like someone snuck in the house and did it then left....LOL. I got smart that that real quick. I took it out of the equation so he does not even have the opportunity.
Heck just last week I took Silas on a walk and came home to hear some scurrying in the laundry room. When I went to investigate Crocky the same one that gets int he trash was up on top of the washer machine trying to figure out how to get in the dog food bag....he decided I left the step stool beside it just for his pleasure...LOL. By the way he is the sweet and innocent one on the bottom right of my avatar.
They are strategic to say the least and sometimes making tempting things like that inaccessible is the best way to start.

As for Silas my GSD I can certainly tell he will mature much later than Kesler our girl did. Fun times ahead

Wow I rambled on this morning! Happy thursday!!
12-19-2013 03:40 AM
Harry and Lola
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Originally Posted by Pattyobrien3 View Post
I have seen those treat balls, but I am somewhat skeptical that they'll withstand his nibbling. What do you use? I only ask because I've gotten toys for him that are supposed to be tough, or long lasting treats, or both, but I often find they are neither. So, if you had a recommended treat holder that's shepherd-proof, I'd probably try one out.
I have used the Kong Wobbler (large) Wobbler - KONG - this one is really good. Also use Amaze treat ball
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. Just put kibble and larger treat foods in and I'm sure he will have a good time working for his food.
12-18-2013 10:08 PM
misslesleedavis1 I put Dexter in his crate when i left, he was in his crate because he ate the walls and the carpet...he destroyed alot of stuff, so he got the crate. One day i came home to dexter outside his crate and nothing was damaged i thought it was a fluke, so i put him back in his crate the next day and when i got home Dexy was out of his crate. I sat him down and said "so you are finally ready" after that dexter has never ever gone back in a crate and i could never figure out how he broke out of it!
12-18-2013 09:16 PM
loulabelle23 Jake is at that when he can into everyting id avise to get him bones or a kong keeps them busy jake has begain to eat the mat ur not alone

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12-18-2013 05:23 PM
Pattyobrien3
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The best answer, and one that several have repeated is, back to the kitchen.

Then consider that garbage can not be left accessable to dogs until they are 4 or so. And even then it is best not to leave it where they can find it. He's probably attracted to specific books because of your scent on them - perhaps these were the books you most recently read or perhaps you had eaten something before you picked them up? (As smart as I think dogs are, I don't think mine can read just yet.)
They were the books that I read over the course of the summer/fall when I took him to the dog park - maybe they smelled of playtime.
12-18-2013 05:21 PM
middleofnowhere The best answer, and one that several have repeated is, back to the kitchen.

Then consider that garbage can not be left accessable to dogs until they are 4 or so. And even then it is best not to leave it where they can find it. He's probably attracted to specific books because of your scent on them - perhaps these were the books you most recently read or perhaps you had eaten something before you picked them up? (As smart as I think dogs are, I don't think mine can read just yet.)
12-18-2013 04:49 PM
Eiros
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You may be right, he is still young. I'll probably try easing him into home alone time, like when I go to the grocery store. Oddly enough, he only seems to destroy things in the morning - when I come home for lunch, there's often a mess, but I don't think there's ever been a mess when I come home in the evening.

I have considered doggie daycare, but for one thing, I find it hard to justify the expense (I think upwards of $20 a day), and for another, he's not yet fixed, which I think auto-invalidates that option. I haven't really yet considered a dog walker or sitter, but he's only home alone for about 4 hours at a time. that's not too long a stretch, i'd hope.

I have thought about a club or a sport for a while, and I think it'd be fun for him and me, but i'm not sure how to get him started in that sort of thing. I'm in the denver, co, area - perhaps you could recommend some ways to get started?

Unfortunately, when I started looking for breeders in the area, I found the amount of knoweldge and helpfulness from german shepherd clubs to be sorely lacking. So I'd be interested to know how to get started.

On a side note - are the birth/death dates for blackjack accurate? If so, I am very sorry. It is hard to lose a dog so young.

Thank you for your kind remark about my Jack. I went overseas for work and left him with some acquaintances who were suffering the loss of a GSD girl to a seizure... they left him outside unsupervised for an extended period and he dug out under the fence, strangling himself on his collar. It was a very devastating fact to come home to There are so many things wrong with that picture and obviously things I'd never let happen with my own dog (outside for a long time unsupervised, wearing a collar etc!)

Anyhow, Im very far from Denver but Im sure some other members will have some good advice on clubs!! Ward is a rescue and we've only had him for a few months and not ready to begin any sports, but he's a member of a training club that does daycare with walks and play, and day training. They also do agility training so that's something I'd like to try with him! We also have a GSD walking group that meets on weekends and is always a fun and educational thing for him.

4 hours is not too long to leave him, just maybe too long to let him free run of house just yet!!
12-18-2013 04:44 PM
Pattyobrien3
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Nothing wrong with putting him back in the kitchen. Yelling at him after the fact is kind of pointless. I make sure there's nothing interesting in the trash if there's any food waste I put the can in the bathroom, it's just too irresistible even for my old girl.
One day I came home to find a chewed-up ice cream container scattered about - I can hardly blame him for that one.

But mostly, he seems to go after tissues from the trash, or even whole tissue boxes. ><

I was a bit steamed about it at first, but on our walk after I came home today, I found it somewhat amusing that he only chewed up my paperback game of thrones books. I guess he doesn't like his favorite characters getting killed off any more than the rest of us.
12-18-2013 04:37 PM
Pattyobrien3
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I think every dog is different as to when they are "mature enough" to not do this sort of behavior when left home alone. Personally I think 1 year old is too young and wouldn't try this with my dog until 18 months, two years, or even older! But it depends on the owner and the dog.

Maybe if it's common for him to be home alone during the week (as it would be for me and probably a lot of people here), is doggie daycare, a dog walker, or a pet sitter an option for a few times a week? Increasing his exercise will help with this behavior, whether you can keep him occupied during the week or take longer walks, do more OB, or get him started in a club or sport when you're home.
You may be right, he is still young. I'll probably try easing him into home alone time, like when I go to the grocery store. Oddly enough, he only seems to destroy things in the morning - when I come home for lunch, there's often a mess, but I don't think there's ever been a mess when I come home in the evening.

I have considered doggie daycare, but for one thing, I find it hard to justify the expense (I think upwards of $20 a day), and for another, he's not yet fixed, which I think auto-invalidates that option. I haven't really yet considered a dog walker or sitter, but he's only home alone for about 4 hours at a time. that's not too long a stretch, i'd hope.

I have thought about a club or a sport for a while, and I think it'd be fun for him and me, but i'm not sure how to get him started in that sort of thing. I'm in the denver, co, area - perhaps you could recommend some ways to get started?

Unfortunately, when I started looking for breeders in the area, I found the amount of knoweldge and helpfulness from german shepherd clubs to be sorely lacking. So I'd be interested to know how to get started.

On a side note - are the birth/death dates for blackjack accurate? If so, I am very sorry. It is hard to lose a dog so young.
12-18-2013 04:32 PM
Sansa's Mom He probably isn't mature enough to have full run of the house yet. At one year old, he is still an adolescent and may not have completely outgrown those destructive behaviors yet. I would put him back to the kitchen and maybe try him again every two months or so until he can be fully trusted.
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