Hiya, Ive just come across this site and Im trying to gather as many ideas as possible before resorting to paying £125 for a behaviourist that I cannot afford.
Heres my story so far...
My husband bought an Inuit at 11 weeks mainly on an impulse. I was the one at home all day so I knew I would be the one doing most of the training etc. The next day I bought a crate to start crate training as Dante had always been in one. It started to go wrong. He would mess everywhere in his cage and cover himself, even if only left for 10 mins and even at night. By 2 weeks, it clearly wasnt working at our neighbours reported us to environmental health because of the barking, so were forced to let him sleep on our bedroom floor and have run of the kitchen during the day when I was at work (I only work 4 hr shifts and thats not 5 days a week, only a couple).
This is when it really started and has continued to this day. He diggs at the door I leave from, has destroyed my wooden door frame, is on his second stairgate soon to be third (that includes one metal one.) He has pulled his baby teeth out from the metal stairgate, stratched so much he's made his claws bleed, barks excessively when he see's im going to leave, everytime I walked upstairs or our of view, and would mess everywhere. Again, 10 mins or a hour, the behaviour was just as bad. He was so wound up he would poo in the kitchen. This wasnt lack of housetraining as he was fine when we were about.
So, anyway, if you havent got bored yet! We looked after my mums 18 month old border collie and he was much better! So four weeks ago we took on an 18 month rescue Alaksan Malamute bitch. She had made an improvement, he no longer whines everytime I go upstairs which was really getting on my nerves, but the behaviour stopped for about 2 weeks, but has started up again when I go out. We demoted him to sleeping in the kitchen at night and he is fine, (if he was on his own he would of kicked up a real stink)
So far we have tried... (from the beginning) when he was in the cage we fed him in, praised him for going in it unasked. Out of the cage we have tried puppy kongs, moleculs, hide bones, nylobones, hiding treats, plastic bottles, citronella antibark collars, ignoring for 30 mins before going, 30 mins after we get back, gradually leaving him for secs, mins etc, letting him the front room as well as the kitchen (he dug at the next door I leave from), the whole house (he peed on our bed twice and messed in our daughters room), radio on, heartbeat sound, we had to remove his bed completely as he would keep peeing in it, or move the towels, poo, then cover it back up, we tried re-crating him and he burst out twice cutting his muzzle up, de-sensitising him to leaving cues, having someone come round halfway through being left, and I just bought a DAP diffuser today to start trying.
As you can see, we have tried EVERYTHING. They are both walked for at least an hour a day with backpacks.
Can anyone offer any advice at all that we havent already tried? Im going to give the DAP diffuser a week and then if there's no improvement then I will probably take him to the vets to make sure there isnt an underlying medical reason.
125 for a behaviorist sounds inexpensive considering the damage that dog is causing. I would ask for professional one on one help for this. It sounds like you have tried lots of remedies on your own. Someone else to watch and listen will be of great benefit for you. I agree though with more exercise. LOTS AND LOTS more.
Everyone has a photographic memory.... Some just don't have any film.
But I have been told by the vets to limit his exercise to 40 mins until he is a year old as his bones are still developing, I already give him 20 mins more than this, that doesnt include the rough and tumble the two of them do in the garden that knackers them out.