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    My 12 month old Golden Retriever 'pup' is destroying my garden! She hasd a fairly naturally (as in she has always been this way) timid/submissive personality with strangers and I think is suffering seperation anxiety as it only happens when I go out.

    She pulls plants out of the ground and chews them up or if they are too big to pull out she breaks them off.

    Any suggestions to stop her doing this would be appreciated.

    I am a bit aprehensive about putting her in a dog run while we are out as I think that may increase her anxiety??

    We have two other aged dogs which have no bad habits and are very relaxed/laid back types as have all my previous dogs so I am a bit at a loss as to how to treat Bella as I have no prior experience with this type of thing.

    Help!! I'm falling out of love with her and I don't' want that to happen.

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    Fence off the garden - or crate train her or dog run train her. If you put something that smells like you in with her, she should be less anxious.

    You could also get a clam shell pool and fill it with sand and toys for her to play with while you're out. It is fairly natural for a bored GR to do this. I don't think separation anxiety has a lot to do with it. My dog has some separation anxiety and she won't touch food let alone the plants when I'm out.

    You might also try taking her for a long walk before you go out. At least 30 minutes, but maybe an hour, depending what you do. Ie a dog on lead and not allowed to sniff has to work harder mentally than a dog off lead in a park, free to do what it likes.

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    Thank you for your suggestions Hyacinth. I don't think boredom is her issue. We live on 100 acres which she has free range of and I often come home and she is wet or muddy showing she has been off having adventures. Our garden is huge and can't be fenced off so maybe I do need to put her in a dog run. I will feel bad for her as the other two dogs will be unconfined.

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    You probably won't need to do it forever - just until she grows up a bit more. 12 months old is still a puppy GR.

    PS I've known dogs to travel kilometres in straight lines - I'm not sure I'd be confident about leaving a dog free range and unsecured on 100 acres, or even 10 square kilometres. We used to have a GSP who would escape and travel about 40km in the direction of its previous home if we ever left it alone. It got rehomed with a family that had pre-school age kids at home all day.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 08-16-2011 at 07:31 PM.

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    Thanks again for your feedback. I'll try her in a run with lots of toys and see how she goes. I'm confident she doesn't wander as no matter when I come home she is either in the garden or at the top of the 1/2km long drive (where there is a creek to play in). My other dogs don't wander either and she is usually with one or both of them (one is a GSP too). I really hope she does grow out of it.

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    I'm in a very different situation as I live in suburbia. But I always take my dog for a walk before I leave for work, play a game in the backyard with her when we get back and then try to make the yard interesting for her. I hide bones and treats around the place and she has a treat ball, a kong and a kibble dispenser thingie.

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    I honestly can't help you with this as this is what Murphy is doing also.
    I think the plants that the boss like are called Naked Ladies, they come up with green leaves then the leaves die of and this stem comes out with these great pink and white flowers. Well not one leaf is upright. Murphy takes great joy in taking a run up and them jumps right into the middle of them. I have watched him do it so I know this is true.

    I have an addage I think it is called and this is why I never stress over it.
    Goes like this while you own a puppy and kids don't expect to have a nice garden.
    We have a pup and we have grandkids and the front is looking okay but the back is just wasted, so we just let it happen and oneday they grow up and the garden bed then becomes your's once more.

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    Try spraying chilli or eucalyptus around the plants you dont want eaten.

    We solved this with Bernie by only growing chillies one year. He soon learnt that plants = burning mouth and left them alone. We can now grow anything and he wont touch them.

    Easier to change an evironment than a dog i reckon.

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    In my case i really don't mind at all as I know he will grow out of it in time.
    I want him to have a puppyhood and not take everything away from him.
    And the other point for us is we have anothr yard behind the shed which we call the Backback. This yard is way bigger than most modern yards are today.
    And this is where Murphy goes to hunt Birds, like he will ever catch one.

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    "like he will ever catch one"
    dont mean to highjack the thread, but really, never? Mine gets very lucky around swooping season. We have dead magpies dotted around the place in swooping season.
    Which he brings in to his bed to munch on - dogs are disgusting at times!

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