Quick background: I currently have 3 female golden retrievers; 11yrs, 2yrs & 1 yrs in age. Our 11 year old was raised from a pup by us and we have rescued the other two. Our 2 year old still digs a little but is too sweet for words, on the other hand the new family member the 1 year old has been with us for 3 months and has been very destructive. She was neglected by her previous owners and was totally out of control when we received her. She know lives in a loving home with toys, a yard and other dogs to play with. Over the last 30 days she has started to dig into the drywall and I am trying to get some answers on why and what to do to stop this from happening in the future.
Marc, I want to just thank you for using the correct terminology "neglect" instead of "abuse" a mistake often present in describing rescued or shelter dogs. I would love to give you good solid advice on this issue but if I do I will only be slammed buy the socalled "experts" that seem to have nothing better to do. So good luck and I can tell you all your problems have a simple solution but I would suggest you look elsewhere.
really this isn't a simple answer question.Its quite possible this dog has some separation anxiety. If the dog was neglected as you say, and left alone, the dog may have done this out of stress/anxiety or just plain boredom. If the dog did it for a significant amount of time, shes doing it because its what eased her stress in the past. Is she doing it while left alone? Are you useing a crate, whats the dogs reaction to it? Does the dog wine when alone, is it destructive with anything else???
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