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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
joe and trigger
 

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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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I also try and get him to the dog park 2-3 times a week if my schedual allows for about an hr at a time
 

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I just dont know if it is because he had so much energy due to being taken from his mother at a way to early age or if its because of someother reason
 

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The more and more i think about it onyx thats the way to go and my brother comes home so he can let trigger out and put him back in for a few. I know its not crewl to crate him I just figured if there was another way to go without him being confined all day i would rather do that.
 

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Dogparks aren't what I consider training, if anything it is giving too much freedom to a dog. As he is still intact, you may be setting him up for a fight, and it won't be his fault. I wouldn't neuter him this young either, let him mature mentally and physically first.
Tracking is a great way to work the dogs mind and it also strengthens your bond. If your environment allows it this time of year, I would track a few times or more a week.
Is it a group that you train with or are you going to a private trainer?
 

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i wasnt saying i take him to the dog park as a part of training but i do throw a few commands in when im there just to keep him focused i take him there to get excercise and socialize also he doesnt get into fights at all. My training was private sessions now I work him on my own those times durring the week. I was looking into tracking but its not in my butget rite now one guy told me he wanted like $12,000.
 

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You can track on your own, thats the beauty of it...its free!! If you aren't concerned about tracking titles in the future just take him out and lay a track with his meal...there are plenty of links if you do a search on tracking to give you more info. Or lay a proper foundation for it and earn some titles!
It is a really nice way to work a dog and they do enjoy it.
This one may be a good place to start:
Schutzhund Village
Part 2:
http://www.schutzhundvillage.com/nose2.html
 

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Thanks onyx it seems like when i get on this forum alot of people just like to point fingers like they know it all but you actually took time to help me i appriciate it
 

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Well, I sure don't know it all! I learn something~ or lots every day when I come on here! I think many of the experienced ones have forgotten more of what I actually know. Can never learn enough for sure...
 
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