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Old 05-31-2004, 01:10 PM
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Angry Old dog...new issues

Our dog is (most likely) a shepherd/husky mix who is just over 6 years old. We've had her since she was eight-weeks. Normally, she is very gentle and well-mannered, as she gets plenty of attention and walks. We normally have her in the house with us while we're at home, and she sleeps at night on a bed we've laid for her in our bedroom. It's been this way as long as she's been ours.

In her early puppy days, she went through a rather destructive chewing phase where she basically destroyed a wooden backyard fence. Since she was about two, this ceased to be a problem. Until lately, that is.

Recently, she's developed a fondness for the taste of entry-doors and their accessories. It started out about a month ago with her pulling a sliding screen-door off its track and tearing holes in it. I fixed it immediately, and just as immediately she pulled it down and tore it up again. The next time I fixed it, it had a dog grate installed on it, so now the screen door is being left alone.

Last night we returned home to find that she'd ripped the exterior moulding from the sliding glass door in our living room. She pulled it right off of the wall, nails and all. She also chewed up the door itself. This morning, we found she'd also destroyed a screen that covers up the entry to our house's crawlspace, in addition to doing a fair amount of chewing on the entry door off of our laundry room.

One thing is pretty obvious. She wants in. She's never been allowed inside when we weren't home, and this is when she does most of the damage. Being that I'm getting tired of repairing my house and scolding my dog, I'm wondering if there's a training method or training aid that might keep her from doing these things in the future. The trick of it is that it'd need to work while we're away from home during the day.

Could any of you give us a few suggestions please?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-01-2004, 06:48 AM
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Have you considered fencing in a pen area? Maybe giving chew toys to keep her busy. I have a husky mix that is a very active dog. She seems to get bored quite easily. My dog is also not easily trained. I'm just thinking maybe if you kept your dog away from the house altogether, it might be the only solution when you are away. (and may save you lots of repair work)
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Old 06-01-2004, 11:26 AM
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You might need to check and see if there is anyone or anything bothering her while you are gone. She may want to get in so badly for a reason.
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:01 AM
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I also just wondered if your area is having lots of thunderstorms. My dog has become so frightened of storms..suddenly. She would truly hurt herself to get in the house. Just a thought. We've had thunderstorms almost every other day here..it's been a trauma for my dog.
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:07 AM
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hi calvinfamily iv got an old dog he's a black lab but he stills act like a pup how about your dog does he/she act like a pup!!
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