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Old 04-19-2007, 12:42 AM   #1
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hi i need ALL your advice .

we have a 8 month old puppy who's adorable. she's a cross staffie and full of life as you would well expect. we've had her since she was 8 weeks old.

me and my boyfriend both work shift but they overlap so she's on left for 5 hours if its going to be any longer i get somone to come round and keep her company.

problem is that when i get in from work she's distroyed something , the wood floor has been chewed the beading round the side of the floor is gone, the table is in bits at one end and last night she had chewed the door frame .

she's kept in the kitchen(which she has been since we got her) with a baby gate dividing her form the living room so she doesn't feel closed in . we take all her toys off her except a few balls which ar in the garden and her dolly that she sleeps with until we go out then she get an abundance of toys to play with but this is not doing the trick . any ideas

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Old 04-19-2007, 07:06 AM   #2
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Have you thought about leaving her in a crate till she passes this stage of puppyhood?

Here is a thread on crate training thta will help you:

http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=5947

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Old 04-19-2007, 07:52 AM   #3
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Hi Loulee and

It certainly sounds like your puppy does not like being home alone! There is some good advice on separation anxiety here.

Other things you can do are leave the radio or TV on so the dog does not feel so alone.

Good luck and please keep up posted!
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You could try a DAP diffuser............it emits a pheromone that calms your dog...I've seen them cheaper at the local pet stores...are you located in New Castle PA.?

http://www.healthypets.com/dapdogappher.html
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I agree it is time to consider crating your dog while you're away. I'd also spray down all your wood furniture, cabinets, etc. with either bitter apple or tobasco to remove the incentive.
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Welcome to the forum So she does this (chewing/destroying) only when you are not home? Catching her in the act, if you could would be great! Then you can correct her either "before" she attempts to chew (if you see her "eyeing" something, or has grabbed something and is about to take a bite out of it)...or "while" she is chewing and replace the object she's knawing on with one of her toys.

As with any puppy, crate training is a great idea...a place for her to stay while you are gone...and a place for her to sleep when its bedtime.

As she gets older, and the chewing becomes a thing of the past, and she can be trusted to wander freely in the house while you are gone...the crate will no longer be needed. Though some owners do continue with the crate throughout the life of the dog (we don't) , and eventually the crate becomes the dogs "second home".
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I strongly believe in crate training! Works wonders...really! it def. keeps my 3 labs outa trouble! We attempted to keep coco, my oldest out of the crate for a while...some days she'd be really good then other days i'd come home to see...my comforter chewed up, vacuum bags totally destroyed, other dog kennels chewed up on the sides...and even my alarm clock(the part that plugs into the wall is still missing)...ect!
I think everyone has given some really great advice, please keep us posted on whats going on!
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I agree with the others, crate training is the way I would go. I have a staffie and when he was young and we went out he stayed in his crate. He actually grew to like his crate as we would often find him in there when we were at home. He was in the crate until he was about 7-8 months and it meant the house was left in one piece. We no longer use it anymore and he has the free run of the house while we are out and when we get home everything is in one piece (I'm quite sure all he does while we are out is sleep).
I think what also helped with us though is when he was very young we caught him as he was about to attempt to chew the skirtingboard and we told him no, so if you could catch your puppy in the act it would help.

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thanks for all the advice. we took her for a run the other day and that seemed to do the trick for that evening. like i said she is no bother when your in with her its just when you leave her alone . i bought some spray for the surfaces and she hasn't touched anything YET but we'll see. ill keep you posted

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What about a buster cube or filled kong ,that would take her mind off being alone for a while,you can get these at [email protected]
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