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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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hello my name is joe and i have a 1yr 2mo old GSD named trigger I have had him since he was 5 weeks old for the most part he is a great dog. He is alittle hyper still but I can live with that I have had training for him and he listens to everything I say and all my hand signals but the problem is whenever i leave to go to work or the gym he will destroy my living room and chew my couches. now I have to keep a basket muzzel on him he can still drink and bark he just cant chew. So I did some reading up and it said he could be restless or boared ok so I started running a mile before i go to work and a mile before I go to sleep with him. so I wake up this morning (my day off) I go to the gym and I test him and leave his basket muzzel off i come home and same thing. My trainer either said to crate him or keep the basket muzzel on untill he gets over it but i dont want to crate a 70 lb GSD when im at work for 8hrs just doesnt seem fair lol. I also have not gotten him fixed yet and i think that might contribute to the problem. If anyone has gone through this and has any advice i would appriciate it thank you
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There is nothing wrong with crating your dog and it's a much better thing than having your house destroyed or your dog chewing up something bad and dying from it. Most of us crate our dogs when we can't watch them for at least the first year until they can be trusted to be left loose.

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Crates are better than destruction. Neutering is not a cure all for training issues.
What are you doing for training? A mile run doesn't get it for a smart dog. They need to work their mind too. I'd much rather crate than muzzle. Or build a kennel that he cannot destroy.

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It's hard to feel sorry for someone who has the perfect solution (crating) and refuses to use it. Get a second job and plan to redo you home every few months.
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thank you for the response elaine i have been thinking hard about doing that but i am also going to be putting him into protection training soon and it defeats the purpose. if i have to i have to but i am looking for a alternate solution so im kinda holding off if i can
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What does a crate have to do with training in protection??? If anything it will just build up his energy level so you have to work him more when he is not crated. Many dogs that are in intensive training are kenneled and not allowed free reign of a home.

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if im not at home and someone breaks into my home what good is protection training if he is in the crate thats what i was getting at about that
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thank you onxy and elaine for your input so what I take from what you all are saying is I have to wait it out and crate him and thats the only way to get him to stop chewing my couch. I appriciate your time thank you
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Joe, when he is trained and proofed, then he can be loose in the home. Until then the crate is the safest place for him...what are you doing now for training?

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I have his obedience training that I do everyother day on and off lead. I do that two or three times durring those days about 10-15 at a time
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