My daughters are 9 and 14. Lets face it, at that age, they are sloppy kids, and right now they are sharing a room while the other bedroom is being painted. Ella will find socks and underwear and within seconds there are holes. It isn't a matter of them closing the door to the room, because they do, but somehow the dog seeks out stuff like that and must destroy. I actually have to go get more socks for the kids this week because it seems that at least one to every match is being torn and when I fold the laundry I have to crate ella who thinks it is fun to grab my underwear and run. Ella's mom
Ella's mom....Hi, I have a question for you. How old is this dog and is she an adopted dog or one that you have had since puppy hood? Either way, many times people play with puppies with socks or similar clothing items (old sock tied in a knot) Then have difficulty understanding the theiving. Dogs cannot tell the difference between the "good socks" and the old knotted ones. Even if you feel this is not something that has been done with Ella, you can try catching her IMMEDIATLY with the item in her mouth, scold her in a stern voice (do not hit her) then IMMEDIATLY hand her one of her toys, when she grabs it (her toy) lavishly praise her, make a huge fuss over her and tell her she's a very good dog !!(or whatever praise words you use for her) With repetition, this usually works with correction of many negative behaviors such as the one you are faced with, even digging and barking. Positive reinforcement, with lavish praise after the canine has stopped the negative behavior and channeled the negative unpleasant behavior towards something acceptable and fun! Hope this helps Ü
I think puppies will be puppies. Piper who is 4 months old will do the same thing. If I chase her around the house she thinks it's a game and will do it more.She steals shoes,socks,underwear,any piece of clothing,then hides it.
Ella is 7 months and she came from the rescue in Peurto Rico two months ago. She was found in a 6 lane high way wandering. this is most common. My husband gave her a sock in a knot as the first toy she had. This makes sense. Thanks. And I would never hit any animal, unless it was visciously attacking me or my children and then it would only be to get the animal off. Ella is not like that. Ella's mom
My rottie is a sock and clothes stealer but all he does with them is take them upstairs and lays with them. One thing you don't want to do is when you see her with the socks, don't chase her, she will think its game time and run with it (you might have posted that - sorry). My only suggestion would be to make sure that all socks and panties are picked up and put away so she doesn't have the opportunity to steal them. I'm sure it might be hard having the little ones do the tasks because kids will be kids :)
oh this is so typical! i've never given my dogs socks to play with and they still do it. the puppies are the worst. my older dogs don't do it as much, now. the socks and panties smell like their people and they love to chew them. can you put a baby gate on your daughters' bedroom? that's what i have done. the only other option is to keep the things picked up and the door closed. my daughter doesn't remember always to pick up her clothes, either. if you catch the pup with one, don't chase. a trainer told me this trick and it works some. it takes the chase element away: teach the dog sit. teach to dog the "out" command to drop something. when you catch her with something, say "(dog's name) sit!" if the dog stops, take steps toward her. when she starts to move, you stop. when she stops, take steps toward her, when she moves, you stop. over and over again till you are at her. then say "out!" or take her collar and make her sit (remember you gave that command) and say "out!" it works with my older lab, haven't tried it with a puppy.
I think your dog does like the scents of the clothing, but heres a solution I hope!?Train the dog to bring the clothing to you for a really special reward. so instead of missing items and holy articles, you could just collect them all day.Don't give any attention like yelling or pulling the clothes out of the mouth.try it.Thats what they teach service dogs to do!!!??what do you think!
I thought I'd add something to make you all laugh. My mom had a cat and a pompom when she lived in this 4-plex. The land lord had to come and do some work for her on day so she left for work and left the door open for him to come in. Later that night she got home and discovered about 5 pair of underwear all over the house, one pair was even in the bathroom. She started to freik and called the landlord demanding what was going on. Aparently he had left my mom a not on the fridge explaing that the cat had climed behinde the dresser and came out with a pair of panties and carried them off, then her pompom figured out what was going on and did the same. Since my moms dresser didn't have a back to it, her clothes were an easy target. The landlord said he didn't want to pick them up, he just stopped in the middle of what he was doing and left. We laughed about it for weeks, because he said he wasn't comeing back unless the animals were put away while he was there. We see him all the time and still joke that he was the panty theif.
Sue, I think thats brilliant...i find the main reason my dogs steal things is so their owner will chase them. they learn early on that stealing certain things guarantees them a level of attention they cant get otherwise. to add to what you said, another thing thats important is, dont EVER give your puppy something to play with(socks, old slipper, towel, dishrag, etc)because it applies to ALL of them in the house. I had a 9 yr old dalmatian who used to bring my pjs from under my pillow to anyone who came into the house, because my mom used to think it was cute as a puppy.Also I found, as a dog training website told me, you get the item back, say NO in a VERY stern, disappointed voice, then ignore the dog for a while, worked wonders in a few days for me as well. Good luck!