Hey Everyone I need some help. My one year rottweiler has been tearing my house apart. From the Floor carpet walls scratching. remotes eating any cord he sees. He walks 5 miles a day and really only does this when he is alone at home. any one can help
This is a highly intelligent working breed of dog, and he needs a job. This is a very common problem with any working breed, Dobies are notorious for this negative behavior if they have no job or left alone with no people to "guard". If you have a fenced in yard, and I really hope for this dog's sake you do, I would train it to "patrol" the yard, that is, to pace along the perimeter of the fence looking for bad guys. Of course there aren't any, but this gives the dog a sense of purpose. Just walk the perimeter with him and whenever there's any type of movement, a squirrel,rabbit, neighbor coming home from work, any activity at all, give a watch command, but don't encourage anything except WATCH....don't allow him to run after it, just watch. Now, if you observe him, he may already be doing this instinctively. Praise him for "watching", and give him strong toys to keep him occupied while he's "guarding" your property! Do not discipline him for barking at the wrong things, like your neighbor coming home, call the dog to your side and distract him from normal activity. If you discourage barking at the right things, he will not bark at the wrong things that alert you that something is wrong. He will learn to use his natural instincts to determine this is ok , but that is not. This is not a bad dog, just a very bored one. Crating him will not work, it only serves to prevent the problem of destroying things, then he will become a barking nuisence or really may try to destroy the crate. He only needs to fulfill his purose and that's to work for you.