How do you train a yr old pit not to chew on things while you're gone? My friend has a pit (i like him but he is MESSY!!!! the dog not the owner) anyhow everytime we leave the pit to go hang out or go shopping, we come back and more of the house is destroyed. He rips up carpet, he chews up picture frames, anyting on the floor is considered condemned because the dog will eat it. We've considered getting a "shock" collar to try to curb it, but if you're not there; then that could wind up causing more problems because of the dog's thought processes. He could think that while we're there we want to torture him with the collar, and when we leave he'll get back at us by chewing things up. I have heard that pits need lots of attention, and he got that but even when we're there and paying attention to him, if we turn our backs he's chewing on something important like shoes or clothing. My friend's house is a total disaster because of the dog and although the dog is sweet tempered, it's getting really frustrating and annoying to have to deal with his chewing. Any suggestions would be appreciated. My friend's last girlfriend wouldn't let him discipline the dog so he wouldn't chew on things and now it's out of control. Please help!!! Thanks, Catlover
Head over to ebay or to a pet supply store and buy a 36 inch or 42 inch wire crate to keep him in when people are gone and he can't be monitored. It's such a simple solution, and is the absolute safest way to protect both the dog and the house. When he is left alone, put him in the crate with a kong toy filled with peanut butter. Only give him the treat when you are gone. Always give him extra special rewards for going into the crate, and I'd start feeding him and giving him water in the crate as well so he starts associating it with pleasant things.
If this continues, the dog could concievably seriously injure himself, by chewing on something that perforates the roof of the mouth or the tongue, he could choke on something and asphyxiate before anyone even got home.
You are right though, a shock collar will do no good if he chews on stuff when no one is home.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 6/1/2005 4:23:11 PM*** Reason: add
Introduce the puppy to a crate. It should be large enough for him to lay down comfortably and to stand without having to duck his head or drop his ears and to turn around. At a year old he is still very much puppy and it sounds (reads) as though he hasn't had much training. Puppies will chew, especially when stressed. He may be feeling abandoned or think you're not coming back. I had a dobe that behaved in the same way. A crate can become his own private den. If trained to it well, it will be his safe place and certain safe chew toys can be placed in it with him. Many people feed their dogs in crate so it is a happy place to go into. Always do a potty break before crating and make sure water is available (some use water bottles).
There are others way more qualified than I about crate training on this forum. Maybe a new thread about how to crate train would be more helpful.
I would definatley reccommend using a crate...Not only will he not rip your house to shreds, but as Minn said...he'll also be safe from potentially hurting himself.
I normally don't like the whole crating thing for an older dog (but only for ones that are dependable, trained and well behaved). However, I think it's necessary in certain situations, like for puppies or dogs that can't be trusted in the house. JMO :o)
I agree ,a crate is the way to go. At one time I had a pit puppy that trashed the whole bottom half of my house.This was before I knew about crate training,I got her crate and it all stopped.I've used a crate ever since.
chewing is a common dog response in bored and underexercised dog. especially an older dog. cratng is a good idea. i am experieced in shock collar training and using a shock collar for that is not appropriate. it will change the dogs personality, probably to being lethargic and un happy, and worse case scenrio it will become aggressive. a shock collar used correctly is a substitute for a mechinical collar, which should be perfect. what i mean is a dog should be perfect on the mechnical collar then introduced to the shock collar. using very low stims in place of very light mechinical collar stims. the shick used properly can be a very mild aversive and introduced right can mean fun to the dog. it should cause the dog pain or discomfort. i use the word stim. cause it is not a punishment but a motivatior. if the dog is being disobedient it is because the dog is confused on what it is you are asking. a shock collar is not displinary tool but a training tool. a chewing is not a training issue it is a behavior issue. there is a difference. i agree a crate is the humanest way to prevent this. along with exercise, more play and formal training.
Wow that dog sounds super destructive! First off I would never recommend you'd buy a wire crate considering the breed of dog you have will easily get out of it, especially with this dogs nature. Almost any dog can easily get out of a wire crate, your dog will more then likely bust out upon a few mins of your friend leaving. A crate however is a good idea, you can get one of the plastic ones made by Dogloo the innovaior or the petmate kind that are made similar where they snap together on sides front and back, there is also the type made by petmate that has the screws like most others and these are not nearly as durable. But none of these may work if they chew out so you could have go to a metal or poly crate but I would say crate training is a must for any dog of any breed and its usually good to start from puppyhood. I also agree dogs chew out of bordum and you may want to leave him the kong treat and other toys he can have in the crate but it sounds like more then a being bored problem, its sounds like the dog has really bad seperation anxiety which can cause an otherwise normal house pet to become out of control when the owner leaves including severe destruction and even messing in the house when they are fully potty trained.
I'd go for plastic not wire myself. Having several hard core working dogs in the house (moms pets my creatures to train, sigh) I learned that wire is very bad for a high drive dog.
I personaly dont like the crates that have the snaps on hte side. I've had two dogs break the snaps. While the screws work wonderfully for me, except whenthe dog decided to chew out of hte bottom but that took about 2 weeks of effort on her part.
With my Corso's in the past, they have gone through a regular metal crate in no time flat....and wiht my Pit "Ruby" she completely destroyed a plastic crate in a matter of minutes. It was a Vari-Kennel with the screws on the side.
I personally recomend Kennel-Aire crates. They are used for working dogs and last for years and years. I have one that is 16 years old. They are very very durable. They have a website. Just google them.
Thank you guys SOOO MUCH for your responses. THEY ARE EXTREMELY HELPFUL!!!!! I will look into a kennel/crate for my friend's pit so that we will not continue to have this problem. We will also look into getting him more excercise as this may also be part of the problem from what you are saying. Thanks again!!!!!!!!