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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-30-2019, 01:54 AM
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Sometimes drastic situations call for drastic solutions. In many places I have lived dogs get shot for harassing farm animals, never mind killing them.
That was exactly the case where I grew up in northern Australia.

I remember once my dad rang the neighbor to complain about his dog killing one of our chickens. The neighbor apologized, and promised it wouldn't happen again... Five minutes later we hear a shot ring out. We were shocked, but those farmers don't tolerate in the slightest dogs attacking livestock.
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Hi guys,

So Rex is almost a year old now. When I got him at 8 months old, I got him used to a crate and created him for up to a max of 4 hours when I was away. Part of insuring toilet training and letting him get used to the house. That was maybe for one month.

After that, I let him have the first floor of the house. It is not big. A living room, small entrance hall and a kitchen. He was perfect. Minding his own business and chilling until I got back. For 2-3 months it worked great when I had to leave him for up to 4 hours.

Now, after I leave him, he rips the foam floor mats out of place. These are not fixed or glued to the floor. Just square mats that are puzzled together that I have for him for traction in the house when we play. They are not expensive so no issue there. However, I am not getting the change in behaviour. He has daily plenty of exercise, training etc etc. So it is not pent up energy.

I prefer to not start to crate him back. What could the source of this change of behaviour and how can I address it? This morning, I left him toys, TV on etc etc. Same result.

He never touches anything when I am in the house. This is for now limited to when I am out and with these mats. Nothing else is touched but I am worried that this escalates into other things...

I am thinking of two solutions:

A - I have a camera. I leave and I watch from outside the house. I wait and once he starts ripping, I go in and correct him. However, I worry that he will associate the correcting with me entering the house.

B - I get a camera and speaker. And correct him remotely via the speaker and see if he stops with that.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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He's probably just too young and discovered that those foam mats (I have on good authority from another puppy) are SOOOO fun to play with and rip up.

Just put him back in the crate.
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I don't agree that the end justifies the means.There are effective humane methods to solve problems.
Oh man I've been hearing about the dead chicken around the neck for years and I've never understood how that was supposed to teach a dog not to kill chickens. Craziest thing i've ever heard.

But then they used to also tell you to rub your puppy's face in their mess when they pottied in the house.

The things we've put our poor dogs through for not knowing any better...
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when it comes down to "this or death" I can see someone giving it a try.

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when it comes down to "this or death" I can see someone giving it a try.
Think this through for a moment....my dogs would love having most any dead critter attached to their collars.Smelly dead things are the highest value reward ever.My disagreement is with taping carpet(or anything)to a dog's mouth or locking them up with livestock to get wounded or killed.

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