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    I live in Thornlie WA... South of the river - if anyone knows a good behaviour trainer? please?

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    BG, so sorry to hear about this further distruction. You obviously love Hooch to be so committed to getting him help. He does sound like a lovely dog otherwise. I don't really know a lot about dog behaviour but hopefully someone will be able to point you in the right direction!!

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    I called a dog behaviour trainer who was recommended by the pet store. He seemed very domineering and said he will teach us how to train him properly (come, stay etc) and the problem might be solved when he is trained. I dont think so. Hooch is quite trained already and I cant spend $1000 just to see if further sit, drop, come will help him chew my house less. God this is an absolute nightmare.
    Husband was supposed to take the little one to his math lesson tonight (I have to go out). He cancelled it. We just cant leave him... I am seriously having anxiety attack myself.
    The pet store said he could chew on the thundershirt so that's out. If it can be chewed.. it WILL be chewed.
    I hope someone who reads it has any good advice for us.
    Thank you everyone for your kind supportive words.

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    I browsed some old threads for you, but the only advice on trainers in WA I could find was to contact Steve Courtney from K9 through this website or the K9 website and ask him for a recommendation. This is his profile: View Profile: k9force - Australian Purebred & Crossbreed Dog Forum His website is linked from the 'About me' page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    I called a dog behaviour trainer who was recommended by the pet store. He seemed very domineering and said he will teach us how to train him properly (come, stay etc) and the problem might be solved when he is trained. I dont think so. Hooch is quite trained already and I cant spend $1000 just to see if further sit, drop, come will help him chew my house less. God this is an absolute nightmare.
    Husband was supposed to take the little one to his math lesson tonight (I have to go out). He cancelled it. We just cant leave him... I am seriously having anxiety attack myself.
    The pet store said he could chew on the thundershirt so that's out. If it can be chewed.. it WILL be chewed.
    I hope someone who reads it has any good advice for us.
    Thank you everyone for your kind supportive words.
    That doesn't sound like a behavioural trainer at all and I would stay well clear, BG! Anyone who makes such a statement without first assessing the dog does not know what they are talking about and will most likely just cause you frustration. He clearly thinks you are just another clueless dog owner who has no idea of the basics. That attitude is not going to be helpful to you at all. You need someone to come in and assess your dog, ask you lots of questions about the specifics of when the behaviour occurs, what solutions you have already tried etc and then work with you to find ways to manage it.

    I really want you to find the right person to help you and for you to get some hope that you will be able get some improvement and save your sanity.

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    Can I ask how old he is.

    Some dogs are just destructive, no particular reason why other than they enjoy it. I must admit my Gordon Setter made me tear my hear out for the first couple of years, then she grew up some.

    She ate the outdoor dining table which was an old indoor dining table of my mothers, had lasted thru all us kids without even a scratch only to be destroyed by the dog. The next one I bought was metal with removable cushions. She was never left inside unattended but still managed to eat some handsfree phones and the corner of one cupboard (we thought she was lying there quietly sleeping). She has no anxiety at all, but is a mouthy dog.

    She dug up a row of trees we planted, ate her bowl, chewed the water bucket, ate the irrigation system, ate the corner of the outdoor step etc etc etc, drove my old dog batty. I could go on.

    The only days she didn't destroy something was when I took her to work with me (kennels) and she played with the other dogs not much she could there fortunately.

    She is trained, member of two different obedience clubs so out twice a week for that, went to shows on the weekend. She was/is just a mouthy gun dog. I walked the legs of her until I couldn't walk any more. It helped some, but just when you would think things were good she'd eat something else.

    Then one day it all just started to slowly stop.

    Could I suggest you build Hooch a dog run for when you have to go out. We had to do this for Gemma, I look back now and think it broke the cycle. Now at 6 years old she only goes in the run at night along with the other dogs and hasn't touched or destroyed anything for some years.

    This is the most chilled out dog. No anxiety at all, just an addiction to chewing. Sometimes it's not about coming up with answers but just prevention - a dog run.
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    Oh BG - sorry about your troubles. Agree with Beloz, that "trainer" sounds like a jerk.

    I also think a trainer should come and do an assessment before quoting anything! I looked into this for my parent's dogs a couple of years back (maybe 5) and I think that it was maybe around the $150 mark for a session - although that may have been the two dogs price.

    I did a quick google, but I think a recommendation might be better - maybe start a thread specifically for that?

    Also, Thundershirts do have 100% money back guarantee, so it might be worthwhile sending them an email, rather than taking advice from the pet store.
    (In my experience, pet store staff tend to be teenagers, and maybe not the best source of inf)
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    Hooch is an amstaff or amstaff cross right?

    How much and what sort of excercise is he getting? Staffies are chewers and can be particularly destructive if they have too much excess energy when they're young. When jack was a pup, every sprinkler in the garden, both arms of the wooden outdoor seat, a keyboard cable, countless slippers and stuff, all chewed/destroyed.

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    Thundershirt's guarantee is void if eaten and it will be eaten for sure sadly.
    A guy from bark busters called, he is an older man. Sounded so nice and happy to help and said the first session is 2.5 hours where he will look at everything and see how he can help us. All other problems will be addressed too if we have any. He really sounded like he knows his stuff. This is his profile:
    Perth South - Dog Training & Obedience Behaviour Therapist
    All in all it costs $440 for as many sessions as we need.
    Buying a new security door for doggie = $1000
    New indoor dine suite = $1500
    Outdoor dine suite = $500
    Outdoor lounge = $700
    Reticulation = $200
    So... $440 is not that much in the great scheme of things. And it is for the life time of the dog.
    I liked this guy, he seems knowledgeable and said it does sound abit like anxiety but can be other things as well and he will need to come and assess - will be 2.5 hours first session.
    Will also adress Hooch barking at other dogs at the park which is out second problem (which we have been trying to solve with super treats and patience).
    Any thoughts?
    You guys are so helpful - thank you, I am reading all your posts and taking on board everything you say.

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    Sorry forgot to say when we got Hooch 3 months ago, vet said he is about 9 months old.. which means he is a year old now. Just.

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