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    Hooch just ate my outdoor lounge.
    After he has eaten my outdoor dining suite.
    After he has eaten my indoor dining suite.
    After he has eaten and broke my Frangipani tree.
    After he has eaten ALL the reticulation.
    After he has eaten his kennel.
    I can go on for a long time listing what he has eaten.

    I bought him 5 different dispensing toys. I got him chewing toys.
    I put out 2 bones every time we go out (usually he doesnt eat them or eats one and buries the other one).
    I feed him in the morning and at night.
    I was only out for an hour today to come home and find my gorgeous outdoor lounge chewed (foam and fabric all torn and in pieces).
    I am at a loss! He has enough stimuli. We never leave him for long.. I only work once during the week so he has to be on his own for 5 hours once a week. That's as bad as it gets for him. Other days I am only out for 1-2 hours for shopping/lunches with friends etc.

    I am sitting here crying. He is outside scared to come back home because I yelled at him and he got scared. I figure he might not "get" why I yelled at him, I hope he does but either way I just could not help it. The frustration is huge.
    We love him sooooo much. I just dont know what to do.
    Please tell me it gets better with age. Please give me advice or anything that might help....because right now I am feeling like someone knocked the air out of my chest. He has ruined my house.

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    I'm so, so sorry you have to deal with this BG. I can't imagine how awful it must feel to come home to such total destruction.

    I think it is time to find a good behavioural trainer to help you with this. It sounds to me that you have done all that a good owner would do for your average naughty dog, I think you need some help finding out why this behaviour occurs and advice on how to curb it. If it works it will be a lot cheaper than this continuous destruction.

    It is awful when you love your dog to bits (pardon the pun!) and do everything you can for them and they then go and do something this upsetting to you. Big, big hugs to you!

    ETA: I am not a trainer at all, but from your description, I think it is quite likely that Hooch suffers from severe separation anxiety? I am sure a good behavioural trainer would be able to help you gradually lessen this anxiety. In the meantime, maybe try a thundershirt when you go out?
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    My mates APBT was like this when he was a pup. Finally when my mate got home to find his lounge sofa spread across the loungeroom floor he started going for a bike ride every night when he got home with the dog running along behind. Problem fixed. Hope its as easy in your case.

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    Thank you.
    I would love to try thunder shirt, I even got him something similar. I came home 2 hours later to find it all shredded. Somehow he managed to sink his teeth into it.
    Can dogs bite the thundershirt off their body? The store told us what we got was pretty much the same. It ended in the bin
    I just called bark basters and left them a message to ring me. I hope it is not too expensive, with everything that Hooch has done I dont think we will be able to afford it. This is just such a horrible dark feeling that there is no solution.

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    I am no expert on this kind of stuff... but Koda used to destroy everything he could get his paws on! Thankfully at around 18 months he started growing out of it and we can now safely leave the garden hose with him while he is home alone
    But to me it doesn't sound like Hooch is just bored... i think it could be separation anxiety, i would suggest getting a behaviourist/trainer to help him, or give a thunder shirt a go! They're really good for dogs who suffer separation anxiety

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    Thank you.
    I would love to try thunder shirt, I even got him something similar. I came home 2 hours later to find it all shredded. Somehow he managed to sink his teeth into it.
    Can dogs bite the thundershirt off their body? .
    Hmmmm... it would be pretty hard to shred it while they're wearing it!... is he used to wearing jackets? perhaps he just didn't like the feel of it and was therefore desperate to get it off? if that is the case you could try putting one on him for short periods of time and giving him lots of praise and treats so he associates it with good things. As time goes on you would extend the time he wears it

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    We've only had him for less than 4 months and until now it's been warm. He is a rescue dog. So I say he is not used to wearing jackets. The ones I got him were ripped to shreds while he was wearing them as soon as we don't look.
    Does anyone know how much a behaviour trainer cost? I am waiting for bark basters to call back but I am freaking out about the costs involved.
    Maybe get a thundershirt and see how that goes... what's another 40 dollars.

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    Im so sorry you are going through such a bad time with him BG, if it were me, i would be sittimg there crying as well. Sounds like you have above and beyond for him, and all i can offer you is hug.....chin up stay strong and hoping someone here can offer a solution.....
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    I really would not go with someone like Bark Busters myself. You could get lucky and get a good trainer, but it is definitely not guaranteed. If you are going to spend money on a trainer, ask for recommendations for a good one or you may just waste your hard earned cash completely. It is very frustrating to pay for a trainer who doesn't help you tackle the problem at all (I did that once), especially when the behaviour itself is so distressing to you already.

    I hope in the meantime someone here could recommend some good resources on separation anxiety? I agree with MDD that this doesn't sound like boredom. If it was boredom he would do it when you are home too as you don't leave him alone for long periods of time?

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    It seems he only does it when your not watching, im no trainer but how would a behaviourist solve something that only happens when your not there and i wonder if others have had success in similar circumstances..will be interesting to hear the comments.
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