Been lurking on here a lot and have worked up the courage to ask some advice.
We have a 16 month old bull arab x german shephard (vet thinks, he is from RSPCA, got him when he was 5 months old) that is chewing every single 'day bed' we buy him! He wont touch his proper bed in his kennel, just the one he likes to lie on during the day. When it is destroyed he lies in the spot it normally is, on the cold concrete with a miserable look on his face lol
We have tried stop chew to no avail, he chews it anyway. We bury treats in his sandpit for him to dig up everyday, he gets a marrow bone every week, plus other chewy stinky goodies and toys that he loves to disembowel on a regular basis.
He is walked once a day (a big 40min one) or he goes to the dog park to play (his favourite, and he only goes max 3 times a week) and we also play with him, but we just can't seem to wear him out? Even when he was walked twice a day, he was just getting too fit and harder to keep occupied so we have dropped the exercise right back and tried more mentally stimulating training to no avail. When teaching him to beg and shake recently - we have found that he gets really, really excited and starts to go silly? He is also not overly food motivated - he is for about 15mins then he is over it. Either too excited to think straight or in the case of puppy school/basic obedience 12 months ago, he got bored (Our sessions last no longer than 15 - 20mins absolute max) Even the trainer had a trouble motivating him and getting his attention (she works with working dogs)
He is very focused on other dogs and is very much the social butterfly. He would much rather be with other dogs than us and unfortunately we do not have a big enough property for him to have a canine companion (hence the regular dog park visits) unless it was a small dog
He also loves coming out to my horses with me and loves wandering the property - I guess what I am really asking is if he would be happier elsewhere with someone who would give him a job to do?
Please don't get me wrong, we love him dearly and Im not on here looking for a new home for him, we are just getting paranoid that he is bored out of his mind and we are out of ideas.
He does have beautiful manners but this chewing thing and the extreme excitment at learning new things screams boredom to me and we can't offer him anymore than what we already do
We decided to get a dog 12 months ago as a companion for us (I have a cat also but she does not want a bar of my fiance lol) We were not after a working breed as while we are an active young couple, we are gym active during the week and take him out places on the weekend, we are not after a competing a dog in agility or anything so tried to steer clear of GSD's, cattle dogs, border collies, high energy intelligent breeds etc. Went to the RSPCA and met a bull arab x and think 'hmmm not anything we came across in our research, but he is incredibly laid back fellow (and still is despite a couple of triggers) so we adopted him, and 12 months later getting paranoid we are not the right type of people for him
Sorry if this makes no sense - we want our boy to be happy sane member of society. Is this just normal part of puppyhood and I am being really silly??