Ever had issues with destructive behaviour? I am currently in a sticky and situation, I have a 7 month old pedegree Amstaff who is generally well behaved but over the last 3 months he has begun to show traits of destructive behaviour that continue to get worse.
Self admittedly, when I first identified the problems (Obsessive Digging, tail and foot biting, and chewing any spare object around when unsupervised) I didn't act on these traits immediately as I thought the dog was going through a phase, and with further maturity he would grow out of it. Or with time, if the behaviour continued, I would be able to intervene before it got out of control.
Now, 4 months down the track i have come home tonight to find the backyard is almost ENTIRELY dug up, the animal has taken his blankets out of the crate and chewed them, his water bowl has been throw around the yard and I'm at a loss as to what to do. He has NEVER done this before, and after doing some research I understand the destructive traits are primary, and secondary destructive. The dog, male and not yet desexed has been given a very full life with lots of privelages. And not surprisingly he has become demanding, cheeky and defiant.
My repremanding is not effective, as the dog will repeat the same bejaviour in my presence within minutes of being told not too.
When he was younger, I would use positive substitute behaviours to replace the negative ones, as he has gotten bigger and more defiant, teaching a substitute behaviour is harder.
I want to get this under controll before he behaviour is imprinted.
My dog is highly intelligent, and needs LOTS of stimulation, i was even considering getting some run tunnels, maybe a jump ramp, tires, and other things to keep his attention whilst I'm at work during the day.
i already have a crate, general chew toys but they toys I have aren't enough to keep him stimulated.
Please help!!! any sugggestions!!!