I have a 7 month old pup, his name is Tae and he is an indoor/outdoor dog. He is an American bulldog x shihtzu. 90% bulldog characteristics so he is a very stubborn, highly active (jumpy), solid build and VERY naughty.
I take care of him like he were my own child, he has a really funny/goofy character however he is crazy in the head but I do love him with all my heart. I refer to him as the devil dog because he's ALWAYS destroying or ruining something.
I know destructive dogs stems from boredom however I just dont understand why he's bored? He has 1000's of toys, all of which he plays with or destroys. He has my older dog to play with and he also plays with my cat. He gets plenty of exercise every day as well.
As a younger pup, he was MUCH worse... he would latch onto my hair or my clothes as I was walking and wouldnt let go. He still shows a little bit of agression now (in a playful way though) but it gets too much as he doesnt stop. I'll go to pat him but he thinks I'm playing and goes to bite/wrestle with me (like he would playing with my other dog) or pull on my sleeves which he rips off sometimes.
He's constantly destroying something. In one day, he chewed through my heater cord, vaccumm cord, electric blanket cord and extention cord! He has an obsession with my indoor pot plants and is constantly digging into it when I'm not looking. He's a white dog, I know when he's had a go at the plants because he comes to me with a black face!
I only discipline him when I catch him in the act by growling out no in a deep voice but this does not seem to deter him for long because as soon as I've turned my back, he's at it again. I've even gone to the extreme measures of having him desexed in the hope that he would calm down but it hasnt done anything!
I honestly do not know what to do, I feel like my house is out of control due to my pup. My most common used words in my house is 'Tae NO!' and that disturbs me because Im just constantly frustrated over him. He's CONSTANTLY doing something he's not suppose to!
I literally cannot relax at home because Tae is so naughty I've never had a dog that doesnt take to obedience lessons, he doesnt take to repetition or distraction methods. If I could record a video of how he acts, you would fully understand. Most of the time I feel like when I'm growling at him to stop what he's doing, it's as if I'm egging him on to do it more!
I cry some nights because I do everything for my pets, they live like humans in my house and no matter what I try nothing seems to help Tae's disobedience. He's just so crazy and I want to be able to give him a happy life and set him up with good behaviour but I'm at a point where I'm beginning to give up and considering keeping him outdoors on a permanent basis