Stanley is driving me crazy!!!!!!!!! he keeps tearing everything up. And he goes in the garbage and eats everyting. Then he threw up on my moms bed. He is ok. My mom said that we are going to have to crate him again like when he was a puppy. I don't want to but i agree with my mom. He is three should he still be doing this? Today he tore up a photo album with all of my pets pics in them. And he ripped up a pic of himself. He is driving me crazy I don't know what to do. This morning I letf him a ton of toys out and he still ripped every thing up. This isn't the first few times he's done it but now its getting crazy. Every day he does it. Sorry for nagging.
***Edited By: shelties=love on 9/22/2006 3:35:39 PM*** Reason: add
Even with toys dogs can get bored! And IF they do get bored a good healthy destruction mode tends to help-LOL.
Is this a sudden new behavior or has he recently been granted freedom from his crate?
*If he hasn't been crated for a while and is suddenly becoming more destructive then I would question his motives such as:
Family being home LESS than what he is used to?
A new pet or child in the house who is getting the attention he may have had before?
Is the family getting "sloppy" about keeping things out of his reach?- this is not meant to be insulting!
*If he was recently granted freedom from the crate then maybe he just doesn't know what to do with the freedom.
A shorter period of time not in crate may be an option. You may have to build up the time allowed out so he doesn't get as bored.
Keep him in a room rather than total house freedom. Even a baby gate keeping him on 1 level of the house may help.
Puzzle balls that dispense treats may keep him occupied for a longer time and prevent bordem.
I hope one of these suggestions may help BUT please do not feel bad if you do need to crate him. It would be much worse for your dog to eat bad garbage (and get sick) or get into something bad than be contained while no one is home.
Another option is MORE EXERCISE! A tired dog is less likely to cause trouble while sleeping-LOL! Could someone take him for a morning walk to tire him a bit before leaving for the day?
***Edited By: beagle/basset on 9/22/2006 4:53:31 PM*** Reason: add info
Just leaving toys out doesnt really make him play with them. Mine have access to toys 24/7 and they only usually play with them when I play with them with it.
He's probably not getting enough exercise.... I'd suggest crating him when no one is home. It is not "mean" to do it... but it's better then him getting into something dangerous and possibly getting too much and you having to get rid of him....
Toys are no substitute for exercise. Especially for a dog like that. Aren't Shelties herding dogs? They probably need a lot of exercise. Probably a long walk in the morning and another in the evening. Maybe with a backpack. Proably should play fetch or frisbee or something after the walk.
Sounds like crating would be a huge help to keep him out of trouble and ease your frustrations so that you can work on giving him the exercise he needs.
Are you saying I don't play with my dog or spend time exercising him. You people are out of your minds Stanley gets plenty of exersice. And I would never give Stanley away just because he chews. Are you crazy??? I love him no matter what he does. And thank you for the suggestions bharathi. And by the way my dog DOES have acess totoys 24/7 also.
That may be true in the afternoon/evenings BUT he is doing this earlier in the day btw 8am-2pm.
He probably spent a good 7-10 hours sleeping the night before. He then wakes up and goes potty and is fed then the family is gone. He is still wide awake and bored because he just slept a whole entire night away. What else is a bored dog with a lot of morning energy to do? DESTROY!
Try to include an exercise session in the morning to tire him for a few hours til you all get home.
Nobody said you don't exercise him. I think everyone agrees that an early exercise walk/run may help with the destruction since he may be to tired to be destuctive.
I'm not saying you would give her up.. or that you dont give him enough exercise. Not living with you I dont really know what goes on.
I was just saying it's usually because they're not getting enough exercise. And SOME people would give up there dogs because of chewing, not saying you would do that. More of an try and fix it now before it ever comes to that.
Leaving toys out... he only has himself to play with, it gets kinda boring. Maybe getting him a friend? Since I got Stryder.. the two run them selves ragged and hardly if at all get into trouble anymore.
I gate mine in the kitchen when no one is home.. perhaps you could try something like that? He'd have alot of room to roam around.. but there'd be nothing in there he could destroy... unless he likes to go after table legs...