7mo old puppy destroys everything in and out of his crate. He has a friend, 1yr old black lab, a fenced in yard, toys et
We crate him when we sleep or leave but he destroys anything we put in there for him... blankets, toys, even the crate itself.
If we leave him out he destroys carpeting, walls, doors, dog beds, everything. We keep them in a separate room when we leave with toys, food, and water but I dont know what else to do. Im really hoping hes still just young and will grow out of this
He gets plenty of exercise and isnt left alone much, mainly only when we sleep...
on Dec 2nd 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Most dogs grow out of the destructive stage. Have you tried a wire crate? We had to take everything out of Koby's crate until recently. Good Luck!
Kali answered on 12/2/12. Helpful? / 0
While no one can tell you for sure, this is probably just a phase that you need to wait out. Many dogs go through a destructive phase around this age.
Often it's related to teething, and you can help your puppy with this by giving him things like nylabones or frozen wash clothes. My puppy (also 7 months) loves to chew up fabric, so I just make sure he has things like old t-shirts that he can chew up, because they need to chew on SOMETHING, and he prefers fabric to chew toys. I'd rather he chew a dog blanket or old t-shirt than the couch cushions. Of course, make sure you're dog is just chewing and not eating. Try and find a toy/material that your puppy likes.
Also provide your dog with lots of toys appropriate for chewing. When you find your dog chewing something he shouldn't take it away and give him a toy. Consider Kongs for his crate, and look into other (more sturdy) types of crate.
Ultimately, remember that this will probably pass in a few months if you handle it right.
Leo answered on 12/4/12. Helpful? / 0