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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Came home and Baer Destroyed the Blinds

I have had my 10 month old GSD for around 3 or 4 weeks. He has been pretty good when no one is home and left alone. But tonight we came home and he had ripped the blinds off of the back doors. They are destroyed!! He also chewed a toy gun and a Christmas present bag. It looked like he saw something or heard something at the back doors and wanted to get at it.

I didnt want to yell at him cause i dont want him scared of me, but i dont know what I should do if it happens again or where to go from now. Let me know what you all think about how to handle this situation.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 08:34 PM
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Ummm seems totally normal behavior for a 10 month old. I would crate train him. I think it was asking to much of him at this age. IMHO

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. At what age can he not stay in crate when left alone? Should I only put him in it when leaving him alone. Which is very rare
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There is no magic "age", he can stay loose in the house when you're gone when he's trustworthy. It might not be as easy now to crate train him...if he'd been sleeping in a crate, doing time outs in a crate, having treats in a crate, he would already look at the crate as his den, his space. Now you'll have to start from scratch to make those things happen so he does not view the crate as a punishment or confinement. There must be a thread here on crate training, check that out or look on line. We ALWAYS should be able to control a puppy's environment. Keeps them safe and out of trouble. Don't buy into the theory that crates are cruel, crate training is one of the most important and kindest things you can do for your dog. You will reap lifetime benefits! Thanks for coming here and asking!

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He should have access to and spend enjoyable time in his crate (treats, snoozing), periodically when you're home or he will only view it as a place he gets "put" when you leave him alone. And at first leave him alone in it for VERY short periods of time...and make sure he never has a collar on in his crate.

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It really depends on the dog. I have had dogs trustworthy at 6 months. Beau will be 3 in July and I would not trust him alone for 5 minutes.

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Be careful. If he injested any of those blinds, they can kill him. I was at the vet once, when someone had a puppy in there that had eaten some Venisian blinds and, well, they waited a couple of days, and they had ripped up the digestive tract. They had to euthanize the puppy.

There are so many things in our houses that can hurt dogs. It is so much better to just crate them until you have spent enough time with them at home to feel extremely confident that he will be ok.

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thx but i dont think he ate any. It looks like he saw something and just went nuts to get at it and the blinds were in his way. Thats what is strange. had him almost a month and never had an incident other than maybe a paper roll chewed up that was just trash anyways. I can leave the house with food on a table that is accessable to him and he wont touch it. But I am a firm beleiver in crating dog. I did it with my Pit bull I had from 8 weeks to about 4 years. When he was a pup he would go in there to sleep sometimes. to get him to go in there i would just say house and he was there. Im just afraid to start it with Baer being i dont think he has ever been in one.
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i started crate training when i got him (9 weeks old). when we were out
for ant length of time my neighbor came in as much as needed to let
him out or she would take him to her house so she didn't have to go
back and forth.

when your dog is house trained and proofed he doesn't have to stay
in his crate. house training involves so much more than not going to
the bathroom in the house.

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Ok. At what age can he not stay in crate when left alone? Should I only put him in it when leaving him alone. Which is very rare
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my dog was out of his crate 4 months to 8 months old.
at 8 months old he decided to eat the house and everything
in it. from 8 months to 1&1/2 years old he was crated. from
1&1/2 years old present he hasn't been crated and he hasn't
touched a thing. my dog is 6&1/2 years old. he was only crated
when we weren't home.

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It really depends on the dog. I have had dogs trustworthy at 6 months. Beau will be 3 in July and I would not trust him alone for 5 minutes.
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