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Old 12-08-2005, 02:37 PM
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I've been very lucky with Bonnie....

....maybe a baby stair gate would help - you can fix it into a doorframe - I've seen that done to confine to, say, the kitchen where there are less soft furnishings to get chewed up! Make it comforatble with a bed,toy etc -- would that help do you think?

Also if you can I would build up the time that you are away - that's what I did with Bonnie when she was new (as she was from a shelter she was pretty anxious when we initially left her) -- firstly 20 mins, then 40, 60... etc... and make a fuss when you get back and there is no damage....

Just my thoughts - hope they help

With the landlord - maybe if you think they are going to want lots for the damage you could work out what it would cost you to replace the worst bits and have it in mind (eg you could offer to replace the curtains maybe - then buy sensibly prices ones??)

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:38 PM
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Oh and try giving her frozen stuffed kongs or frozen knuckle bones. That should keep her busy for awhile. How old is she again?
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:49 PM
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she goes for approx. 1 hrs run and play with other dogs in the nearby forest and when I'm home I do training/tug/ball. As much as I can do make her feel occupied and tired, just I'm not able to be with her 24/7
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:52 PM
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yea i've just froze the 2 kongs, 1 with peanut butter and some small treats and the other wif yoghurt and her fave biscuit. Will call the dog service to give her one when they bring her home.
She will be 7mths the coming 20th dec
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:00 PM
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dog service?

At that age she's probably going through her teens. Dogs usually act out around now. Brats.
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:03 PM
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Dog walking service, since i didn;t want to leave her for prolonged period of time, i engaged someone to bring her out for playtime and walks.
Thats what my trainer say too, reaching puberty & acting like brats Thats how we have been through too so she said I have to forgive her like my mum forgave me ...lol
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:23 PM
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She is a normal puppy. You just can't leave a puppy loose in the house anymore than you would leave a two year old child in a house without supervising. She needs to be crated when you can't watch her until she grows up. It will not only prevent her from getting this destructive behavior reinforced, (because it's self rewarding) but it will keep her safe. She could be electrocuted chewing wires or choke on something. She doesn't need your constant attention, in fact, shouldn't be given constant attention, but she does need good, exhilerating exercise and obedience training to give her a job..or an outlet for her mental and physical needs.

If you do a search here on "crates" I think you'll find some good info.

I hope things look better for you soon.
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:45 PM
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I can't believe you've gotten this far without a crate, Wings.

I second the suggestion of giving her a job to do. It looks like she's young, so a lot of hard running probably isn't do-able. (I worry about the impact that it's having on their bones, especially with larger breeds.) But yes, she definitely needs to get some exercise.

Also, mental stimulation is what's most important here (IMO) and for a smart, herding breed puppy, a kong just doesn't qualify as mental stimulation. Start making that puppy -work- at something! If you live with somebody else, have one person hold her while you hide, then have her find you. (One of my dog's favorite games.) Teach her the names of objects and randomly ask her to bring them to you, or touch/go to them. Little things like that will help her calm down.

Doberluv said something that I agree with, though.. Don't give her constant attention. I've seen the results of a dog that was constantly being given amusement as a puppy and adolescent.. In fact, I live with him. I honestly think that the constant attention and entertainment he recieved as a baby has rendered him incapable of dealing with boredom. If he gets bored, stuff gets wrecked.
My other dog, who was loved on and fawned over as a puppy but also left alone on occasion in his crate with nothing to do, deals with boredom and long periods of time in his crate far better. I don't go out all day very often, but when I do he's always perfectly behaved in the crate, wheras I come home to my Papillon swimming in polyester fill from his lovely bed..LOL

Good luck, it'll get better as she gets older I think. This is the most difficult age for puppies, I dread it each time I think of getting another puppy. But keep up the hard work with her, learn what you can about crating and how to train an easily bored dog. She should be okay.
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Old 12-08-2005, 03:47 PM
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Some bored dogs really love to watch television. They even make videos for dogs with kitties and birdies and all sorts of visually stimulating things. On dvd you can set them to run continuous. Even just soap operas, as they can see the people and hear them talking. I have had dogs that get agitated by the radio, like the music drives them crazy after a while.
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Old 12-08-2005, 05:04 PM
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oh at my new house, her crate will be placed near the window (i have huge french windows) where she can look out and see cars/pple/dogs and she likes it. When I bring her to the new house, she likes to sit by the couch near the window and spends a long time watching the traffic outside, lie down sleep, gets up, walk round the hse and stares out of the window again...think that qualify for a visual simulation?
yea maybe i do pamper her alot when i'm arnd, with her new crate i will try to put her in when i'm arnd for 15-30mins, lets her out, plays for some and then let her in again...just need to get her used to it
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