Re: Your training goals
Please Bear with me this is the first time I have ever done anything like this.
I need some GSD advice. I have a 1yr 7month old German Shepard. His name is Thunder, and on a whole he is a gentlemen. He has asserted his dominence over my 4 year old black lab (Shadow)but they get along great.
My lab and I have a special realtionship, and I never had any of these problems.I have started leaving Thunder out of the crate during the day. I go home for lunch everyday for an hour. For a couple days he's perfect, then one day I can come home and the house is destroyed. The trash will be ripped apart, cabinet drawers are opened, and emptied, my pots, pans, foil will all be chewed and spread around the house, wood from the fireplace torn apart. He even got into our liquor one day and managed to get the cover off a bottle of scotch, drank most of it, then chewed up a dinning room chair.
I have punished him, and he most Definitely knows
what he is doing is wrong. I don't hit him because he is too large and it would not make a difference to him.
For the last 2 weeks both dogs have had run of the upstairs. 4 bedrooms and a bath all to themselves. I know they are on the bed, but I accepted the fur when I got the dogs. For two weeks not a problem. I thought Thunder had finally matured. Then.. the last 4 days he has taken the spare blankets, sheets, pillows off the shelves. Chewed my suitcase, some slides we had, my laundry basket, a 5lb weight etc... The thing that gets me is the fact that I disipline him when I get home for lunch, and 3 hours later he has proceeded to do the same exact thing. He knows what he is doing. When I come home his ears are back, his head is down, and he just has that bad dog look on his face.
I love this dog dearly, but I am frustrated at his destructive behavior. My Lab did this once, and then learned not to. Please, if anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate.
Sorry I rambled