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Behavioral Issues

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Robert Pottage, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Hey all, I have a six year old rescue named Stella. Just for the back story, she was left at a vet's office before they opened and had an eyeball hanging out. She was maybe four or five weeks old. I have had her since she finished her rehabilitation from surgery. So, she has an issue with chewing on things; DVDs, paper towels, basically a lot of stuff she can get to. I have tried everything I can think of to get this behavior to stop but have been unsuccessful. She really only does it when I am not home. She does have an older stepbrother named Beckham. He is a yellow lab/golden retriever mix; and they get along excellently. They have toys to play with including a huge rope that is pretty much indestructible. However, she will pull things from shelves and counters and chew them up. It was getting better, but in the past few weeks it seems to have gotten worse than ever. Any advice that could be given to help this behavior stop would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    How long are you gone for? Can you crate her during the time you are away?
     
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  3. Between 9 - 13 hours a day, Monday through Friday.
     
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    whoa, that is a long time! Is it worse on Mondays? my male gets depressed when my husband goes back to work. im home with him during the week but Mondays are hard for him. Imagine how it is for your femake on Mondays.

    im home with my male all day and he is always looking for stuff to chew on too. i recommend either a treadmill or an indoor spring pole that she can use when you are home. im not sure how much exercise they are getting or where you live, etc.
     
  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    the only thing i can think of if you are gone for so many hours is to do what some people on here do. they build a kennel in their home. you could use your basement or a spare bedroom. is somebody letting them out during the day?
     
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    that's a long time. The dog is probably chewing from pent up energy. How much exercise does the dog get?
     

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