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    Default Need advice please!!

    We got home today after we were out for 3 hours. My $1200 dining suite is chewed to bits, power cord of heater (was not plugged in) chewed, reticulation outside chewed.
    Before we left him today we took him for a long walk, we played fetch, we played hide and seek - he was well and truly exercised.
    He has chewed things before but we close all the bedroom doors. He is an indoor dog but god he is damaging my home.
    He has a doggie flap to the outside so he can go in and out as he wishes.

    Please can you give me ideas what to do? I do not trust him AT ALL in the house anymore and I cant leave him in or out because no matter where I leave him, he will ruin something.
    I rescued him from the pound where he was in a cage and the thought of putting him back in the cage is gut wrenching to me... please tell me what options have I got and if cage/crate is the answer.. what kind? for how long? will he get better and I will ever be able to trust him in the house again???
    We have had him for 2 months now. I am so disturbed by him ruining my dining suite. No chair left unharmed. Reticulation will have to be fixed AGAIN. Dont know about the plug for the heater. I need to worry about his safety and our home.

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    He is bored! Leave him with a bone that he can knaw, instead of your dining suite.

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    We left him 2 bones, kong, bungee chook....

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    OOOOOOOh my, Im thinking how I would feel if that was me?

    Is there a garage or laundry you could keep him when your out where there is nothing to destroy?
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Do you have a secure back yard where he would be safe, and just leave the laundry open for him, or bring his bed outside for him in a shaded area.

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    No.. laundry has wooden cupboards to gnaw on. Garage has 2 cars, huge amount of storage stuff... god even the outside has a wooden lounge suite. I am sitting here in shock feeling sick. He has been damaging stuff but we were hoping he will learn and get settled in. It is not happening and there is no way I can leave him again on his own at home. I am just lost.

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    He has chewed the reticulation 3 times now. We keep replacing the pipes. He hasnt gotten into the wooden outdoor lounge suite but it is just a matter of time.
    I guess I thought it would be ok and he will learn. It doesnt look like he is learning... and I cant wait for the next thing he does. I am kinda feeling like what have I done?? did I get it all wrong with the dog?? I love him so much and I will never give up on him or even entertain the idea of not having him but I just dont know where to go from here...

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    He a dog, he doesn't know what he is doing, is wrong. I would suggest maybe re arranging the back yard a bit, move the wooden lounge, maybe secure a tarp over the top of it or something, just so it doesn't look attractive. Stuff like that.

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    It takes about a month of no opportunity to chew anything he shouldn't - for a dog to break a habit like this.

    I crated my dog when I was out because I knew I would not cope well if she chewed my furniture to bits. It is possible to train a dog to love being in a crate. If they get their dinner and all the best treats when they're in there. My dog will RUN to the crate when I've got toast, because if she's in the crate, she gets some too. I have to be careful not to give her any if she starts rroo roooing to demand it.

    So while you're sitting watching tv, you can throw a handful of dog dinner or treats into the crate, and as long as the dog stays in there, hand in some more. Then call the dog out, give it a crappy treat or a pat, and see if it will go back into the crate on its own - then heaps of treats, thrown in the back.

    If you're just starting with closing the door - you need a metal crate. With destructo dog, I'd be considering a secure run in the back yard. You can buy them all done and you just need to assemble.

    But you don't want to put an anxious dog into a crate and leave it for a long time, until it's comfy and happy to sleep in there, or some dogs have been known to bust their teeth breaking out of metal crates. Fortunately for me, my dog took all her frustration out on the newspaper I put in the bottom of the crate in case she peed. She never peed in there.

    Vics vapour rub is good for discouraging the sniff that happens immediately before the chew. But preventing the opportunity to chew, is better. You might need a good behavourist to help you set up a management plan. You could email steve at k9pro.com.au and ask him to recommend someone in your area. Or there are a couple of Victorian trainers who post here from time to time, whose methods and opinions I respect. (Steve also recommends them). Nekhbet is one.

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    I think most of us of a certain age, will of had at least one of these dogs in their life times. I really, really feel for you. It reminded me of winters day in 1985, coming home to find my 3 piece suite, dining table, and fire surround had been demolished. Yes, i really really feel for you.

    I would do a cost analysis on laundry cupboard doors vs other rooms/potential chew toys, and contain him in the cheapest room for you to replace fittings.
    This sounds from your post, that it could be the laundry, or, the garden potentially, if you can protect that wooden seating.
    I think a few cupboard doors at floor level, will be cheaper than most items to replace.
    My aim would be to minimise the harm to ME, My purse, My home, My head space so that i dont put the dog to sleep myself one day!

    Then do a few things: increase mental stimulation and mental exercise for your dog. Check your dogs mouth and teeth, look for decay, swelling, stuck food, anything that could be causing a tooth ache/irritation and deal with it. Call a behaviourist for a 2ndry consult. This can be a secondary consult, as opposed to a primary consult, where they actually meet the dog face to face. You should be able to get a 2ndry for this issue. Primary is not necessarily required. Or ask Steve from K9 Pro, or go to his website and read up.

    Meanwhile.....


    1. Buy some chew deterrent such as: vicks vapour rub, bitter apple spray, Stop n Grow nail bite solution < my fave. And slather your laundry doors in it.
    2. Ensure dog has chew toy, and has been exercised as you did (I know, it didnt work, but it will eventually).
    3. Put him in laundry when you are at home, for every increasing amounts of time. Build up to an hour.
    4. Practice putting him back in the box, leaving the house, for increasing amounts of time.
    5. There are bones, and then there are bones. A marrow bone sawn in half across the bone, will keep your dog amused for longer than a marrow bone sawn in half length wise, as it has to work harder to get the marrow out of the former.
    6. consider taking him wherever you go where possible.

    Practice deep breathing, self soothing and chardonnay bicep curls whilst you work on it.
    So sorry, this stuff can be soul destroying, as well as home, when you get one of these dogs.

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