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Those round doorknobs! Mine are so beat up from her grabbing them with her teeth. If I take her to work with me, I can’t forget to put a hundred carabiners on the crate door, or she'll let herself out. The time I left her at home, & took Sage with me to go get dog food. Came home and she had gone out the dog door, opened 2 stockade fence gates, and was sitting in the driveway. I had to buy padlocks. She’s yet to figure out how to use a key, lol. I could go on and on. She’s a wonderful, well mannered dog, except for that one quirk.
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Oh and our gate latches are installed upside down, in an attempt to slow her down. It confuses everyone that has to open our gates.

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Were relieved when you surrendered your GSD due to destructive behaviors

That brings back memories- it was my first GSD and I thought what did I get myself into. She chewed through two Mac charger cords among other pieces of furniture. Highly intelligent and highly energetic. She needed plenty of logs to carry and chew on and moving from the suburbs to acreage helped. Not saying you need to move. But your puppy may need more toys, play time or other activities to expend energy. At least that was our experience. Of course, training helps too. Absolutely one of the most most intelligent and emotionally intelligent dogs I’ve ever had. But, I understand the frustration as I set hear and look at the gnawed wood on my dining table. 😊
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Ok, I'm not promoting my own theory, but all these accounts of incorrigible pups just proves it. Human Proofing Gene aka HPG. Take a look if you don't believe me.


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Dogs are dogs.....and probably have been more consistent than humans over the ages......behavior-wise.....what's the big deal with their proclivities?




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I do love a bad dog

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I do love a bad dog
Why would anyone want a perfect dog? Where is the fun and challenge in that? Give me a nice quirky dog to keep me on my toes.

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I actually thought, at least in my experience, GSD's were pretty easy pups.

But they do require an engaged owner, maybe there is something to that human proofing gene theory.
Anyone who thinks these pups are hard, go get you a Dane pup for a few days. I had a breeder once tell me that if in two years you felt a need to re-furnish, renovate and re-landscape then a Dane puppy was the right choice.

Yes GSD puppies bite and chase and chew, all puppies do. I thought that was common knowledge. Yes they will challenge and test and amuse themselves. It a hallmark of an intelligent breed.

A partial list of chewed items by Freeway, my Great Dane, before anyone complains. And rest assured she lived out her full life with me.

7 arm chairs
4 couches
2 coffee tables
A mattress

I was very friendly with the thrift store guys

endless clothing
a couple of bags of concrete mix

that one stumped my vet

the entire bench seat in my pick up
a 4x4 support beam in the basement
a door
the frame for said door
the carpet and underlay in front of said door
the replacement carpet and underlay while still rolled up

the wall of the shed we used to contain her after the door fiasco

the $700 vari kennel that I was assured would contain a wild animal. It was toast in one day.

the door panel of my truck, followed by the other door panel because she wanted the truck to match

A saddle

My riding boots

All of the cupboard doors

The other dogs crate, from the outside

A shower curtain and the toilet seat.

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That is an impressive, and rather frightening, list. :-)
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....a couple of bags of concrete mix

Oh, that reminds me: my younger dog, Eska, destroyed two 40 lb. bags of kitty litter. I had to start buying the 20 lb. bags, which I could safely keep in a 10 gallon pail with a lid!

I don't buy the clumping kind, because I worry about what it might do to my dogs' insides when they manage to get into the cat box for snacks...
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