The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Hi, don't punish her after the fact - you have to catch her in the act for her to make the connection between the punishment and the behaviour. She doesn't understand why you are acting agressive towards her, thus the growling.
At two years old, she is maturing and as a working breed, she needs exercise for he body, and for her mind. Playing in the yard won't be enough. Long walks, hikes, open areas where she can run and run and run until she is so tired her tongue hangs to the ground. Swimming is also good exercise, but these only address the physical side of her needs.
You also need to exercise her mentally - her chewing stuff suddenly is sign that she is bored, and is trying to find stimulation by exploring new things. You need to provide that mental stimulation for her, so she doesn't do it for herself getting into stuff that could harm her. Sign up for obedience classes, agility, tracking, nose-work, dock diving - huge bonus is that these activities are fun for people too! Daily training sessions at home, find-it games, etc, will work to stimulate her mind.
To keep her safe for now, and for you to have peace of mind, start crating her if you leave her home unsupervised - she can't get into trouble and start chewing things up if she is crated - she isn't chewing things up to get back at you for leaving her, that is projecting human emotions onto dogs.
I can tell that she is much loved, but right now, she is being misunderstood, and her needs aren't being met. Work on giving her the mental and physical workout she craves, and things will get better - won't happen over night, but a majority of the time, behavioral issues are simply due to a lack of exercise - and remember, exercise her body AND her brain, both need to be put to work in a positive, productive way.
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