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    It is so easy to not see the wood for the trees anymore with problems like these, I reckon. And if I remember correctly this is your first dog? I loved my first dog to bits and in the end she was quite well trained and got plenty of exercise and stimulation. But in hindsight there are so many things that I wish I had gotten some advice on from people who understand dog behaviour much better than I did or do. My first dog felt anxious quite often and I now know that there would've been some pretty simple solutions to that. So I hope Nekhbet can give you some clear advice. How lucky we are to have dog trainers here!

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    I grew up with a dog but it is the first dog I own as an adult.
    I do feel lucky that I have the support and advice from you all!!!
    Beloz you are so right when you say it is easy to lose sight and get bogged in.
    We are now disassembling the outdoor lounge, will remove it. He has already ruined the outdoor dine suit so it will remain to be an indicator if Hooch is getting better.
    I do hope Nekhbet can help. We are taking steps in the meanwhile to reduce stress and try not to set him up to fail.
    <deep breath>
    Thank you thank you thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    We are taking steps in the meanwhile to reduce stress and try not to set him up to fail.
    <deep breath>
    Thank you thank you thank you
    That is what we did, removed anything Angus could chew on, it helped all of us. In time (say 6 months we started to move stuff back) it will get better it will just take time.... I now have two 10 week old puppies and the fun will begin pretty soon I imagine.

    Cheer up you have done all the right things and it is a learning curve for your whole family including Hooch

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    He has already ruined the outdoor dine suit so it will remain to be an indicator if Hooch is getting better.
    That made me laugh! You should take daily photos and create a chart and call it "the outdoor suite gauge" or something.

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    Lol

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    BG, where are you based? Bark Busters methods are not the best and I would not use them myself - just my opinion.

    I showed you all what my dogs did on the weekend. That was not SA or boredom. I had 2 of our 8 with me and I am guessing one of the others detected a ball in the folds of the hammock and tore the material to get the ball - from there , well we saw the end result.

    Seperation Anxiety can be hard to extinguish and could take some time. Then again it could be medical. Have you had thyroid and diabetes tests done. If not, may be a starting point.

    Thunder shirts are only effective in cases where stress levels are not very high so maybe not going to be very effective here although worth a try. They can be grabbed by a dog as they are long on the body. Getting him used to the shirt over a few nights would help.

    DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheremone) comes in a spray and is also effective in cases where the stress is not to high.

    Then there is Bach Rescue Remedy which again works at lower stress levels.

    A combination of all three at the same time will not guarantee a greater effectivness.

    Exercise him very well before you leave him alone. A tired dog will sleep for several hours. By exercise well I mean run him till he is pooped out. For me, swimming is the go. I can stand in knee deep water and hold a tail and the dog has to swim. A 10 minute swim is the same as a 5 km walk.

    Personally, I would try all the above but I would crate train him as well. It will not hurt him to be crate trained and you will have peace of mind knowing that he is safe.

    You will have to also go through all the stages of desensitising him - put shoes on and sit down. Pick up car keys and walk around the house jangling them. PIck up hand bag and walk to front door and turn around and go back. Put him in "his place" and close the door for just 20 secs and then go back - gradually increase time away.

    I feel your pain. Know that this is going to be transitional and with patience and consistency you will end up with a good dog.
    Nev Allen
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    Hey BG, just picked up on the fact you are calling them "dog busters" and that is actually my opinion of them too.
    Nev Allen
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    Dog B usters - that about sums it up really. Though I think my neighbour's dog won her round with them.

    The dog run, should contain the dog shelter eg a kennel or something. And it probably needs a lid.

    Crate training involves - to start with - games with you and things your dog loves eg food or toys...

    A marker word like "yes" is good instead of the clicker - say yes, give treat...

    So if dog looks at kennel - say yes, give treat, between dog and kennel (don't make him turn away from kennel to get treat).

    If dog steps towards kennel - say "yes", give treat - between dog and kennel...

    If dog sticks head in kennel - say "yes", chuck handful of treats into the back of the kennel. If he goes all the way in, say "yes" and chuck some more in.

    Before he comes out but when he's done looking for treats - say his name (call him), when he comes out, say "yes" and give him a pat (less value than treats for many dogs).

    So you build up good things connected to the kennel.

    I don't think putting a bunch of toys in there for him to fetch out is going to do it. Most dogs don't play or sleep in their toy box - they don't make that connection.

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    I was searching for something and came across this post. So wanted to ask how it is all going, BG? I am hoping that no news is good news?

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    yeah nice to have an update - seems that your dog is bored and needs some other stimulation to stop his chewing habits
    m<(o.o)>m

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