I have a 10 month 90 pound male that when we are at work we put him in his kennel, we have tried to give him different types of dog beds but when we come home we find them chewed up and destroyed, we have had to take him to the vet and have had very spendy vet bills to make sure he didnt have a blockage..since this he gets nothing in the kennel, tonight we came home to find him out of his metal cage style kennel "not sure how the heck he did that" and found a large area rug of our chewed up. Is he just bored or destructive ? should we put anything in his kennel with him ? what do you guys think
how long is your work day? If it is 8hrs, that's too long for such a young pup to be cooped up... maybe hire a dog walker, come home for lunch and let the dog out, or get a family member to come over and let the dog out during the day. I'd also begin house training- test the waters by leaving for a short period of time and coming back, then gradually increasing the time you are gone until you know the dog can be left safely out of the crate. Good luck!
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I'm sorry, you probably won't like my reply, but I would'nt put an American Bulldog in a crate all day. They are too active, and need company and attention. He is only doing what he's doing because he's bored out of his skull. Now I know that people are going to say "We have to work", and my answer to that is...don't buy a dog like an American Bulldog and stuff it in a crate then. If you can't find someone to come in and walk him, or a doggy day care,you will have to make a much bigger area for him to have some space. There is a beautiful American Bulldog in the place near where I live. He is chained up...all day, and is so mournful looking. There is nothing wrong with your dog, he's suffering from being alone, and confined in too small of a space. Please try and make some suitable arrangements to give him more stimulation,exercise and attention.
He definatly needs alot more play time. I personally keep my dogs outside all day while I am at work. The have a heated dog house for the winter, but they don't really spend much time it. God do aussies love the snow lol. This is where reseach should have some in, and breeders should have given you the heads up on this behavior. He needs much more mental stimulus. I would either try a doggie daycare, or invest in a dog walker who will actually spend time with him. When I have puppies, I have a dog walker who comes 2 times a day to let mom out. My dog walker will spend 1/2hr here if needed, but most of the time mom just wants to go back with her pups. It is worth every penny.
Is it possible to make a larger area that he can stay in that is dog-proofed? Maybe gate off the kitchen during the day while you are at work and leave a large rawhide bone (which some people here will complain about but they work for us), maybe a kong toy filled with kibble or peanut butter, a rope toy to chew on.. just lots of stuff to keep him occupied. Like others said, if you can possibly come home for lunch, let him out to potty, and hang out with you while you eat, I think that would give him some stimulation. Or if you have a friend, family member, or just a responsible adult to come and walk him during the day. I say adult simply because he is such a big guy that he'd probably be a bit much for a 12 year old to handle on the leash!
One more suggestion, maybe you could give him a good walk before you leave in the morning. Sucks to have to get up earlier, but it might help the problem and it's healthy for both of you.
It's all good and well to say more research should have been done, but at this point in the game, the OP has the dog and is trying to better his situation.
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These types of dogs are way to active to be put in a kennel all day. He is eating his bedding because he is bored as hell. He needs to get out and run about and play. I know when I want to have my pup in a kennel I give him a bully chew hide but even that has its limits and its not long. Have you looked into pet daycares? I work with a guy that pays like $5 for half a day and $15 for a fullday so his dog gets to play and socialize with other people and other dogs. During the summer school break my daughters would play with out pup all day then I get home and he is up and ready for play time with me. It can be 9 pm at night he will want to go out and run around the yard and play some more. You have to find a way for yours to get the play time and exercise its needs
I have had my American Bulldog puppy for about 7 months now. She is almost 9 months old, and we had the same problem as you. They are definately an active breed as pups. We took the bedding out and started giving her balls, footballs, baseballs, soccer, exc... We found that you can go to good will and usually find a box full and each one is about 99cents. She has gotten better over time, but is was because we would punish her. We would tell her NO in a real stern voice and make her go outside. After that we would ignore her for a couple of hours, she hated it. It really hurts her feelings. She love our attention and knows now that if she does anything wrong she will be in the "dog house" Good Luck.
Well, no surprise here that I disagree with a couple of things.
First of all, please tell me that when you purchase these "toys" from the thrift stores, you do take them home and thoroughly sanatize/disinfect them. There is no telling what people do or have in their homes that you could potentially bring to your dog.
Secondly...I never punish my dogs in such a manner that I "put them out" and then ignore them. My dogs would go insane and truthfully, they would probably ignore me when they came back inside. Clapping your hands and firmly saying "NO!" will get their attention. You can also use bitter training spray or vinegar with water in a spray bottle. I just don't understand why people insist on punishing instead of TEACHING.
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Hi, I have a pit mix lab female. She is 2 years old. She is a loving dog, but she barks at people alot and barks at other dogs with aggresiveness. I do not know how to stop this. When we go for walks and she sees other dogs she barks and pulls towards them. Please can anyone help me?
Easy tips to cure boredom!! 1. Training your dog will give them something to think about while you aren't there. 2. Something to chew on. 3. Give your puppy something to look at. If you have a sliding back door face their kennel so he can look at things. 4. Play so music (not loud) sometimes your pup can get spooked by the trash truck etc. 4. If you can make sure you get him some good exercise before you put him in there. Also make sure he knows that his kennel is his safe place, never put your bully in there after he has done something wrong. It will make him feel that every time he goes in there it's because you are mad at him. Also, depending on age like others said he might be in there longer then he really should be. But I do understand you have to do what you have to do. I got one of the neighborhood kids to come over after school and let my bully out for a little. Good Luck!!
We learned the hard way with our American bull dog. it only took about two months for us to decide to change how we were leaving her home all day. She chewed up two couch's, carpet and sheet rock in our bathroom, because locked herself in the bathroom. We were always against kennel training, but Abbie changed our minds. We went out and got a size appropriate kennel for her. We were told she needs room to be able to stand turn around and stretch for her to feel comfortable. Although 8 hrs is a long time in the kennel they will adapt fairly quickly make sure you get a double locking kennel because they are very smart dogs and can get themselves out of anything. Also never put anything in their kennel at first because they will ruin anything in there. Because at first they will feel punished they are in the kennel while you are gone. We kennel trained for about a 1 1/2. at night she would even sleep in the kennel. We started slow with going to the grocery store and leaving her out. If we came home and she did not do anything wrong she was rewarded with either a bone or us giving extra praise of what a good dog she was. When we came home and she chewed a pillow or shoe we would show her what she did and send her to the kennel. after a while she got the hint if i behave outside the kennel then i can stay out. It will take time and patients but is well worth it. Abbie is 6 now and is a excellent dog. the only regret we have is not kenneling her sooner.
How much excercise it the AB getting a day? That will cut down on destructing behaviour. Secondly try a larger pen outside or block off a room in your home maybe? How bout a playmate? Bulldogs are very social and need companionship if you are gone all day. Just my 2 cents, Rick.