Need training help for energetic puppy that is taking control of our household.

We have an extremly energetic 7 month old Vizsla/Pointer mix. She has plenty of toys, yet she will chew and play with anything she sees fit. She recently chewed a giant hole through my daughters sweater. She will eat crayons, pencils, shoes, anything she can find. We have a fully fenced in yard, and she has escaped 5 times in the past week. We don't normally leave her out there unsupervised. Once we ran inside for a moment, and the other time we went in the garage. She went under the fence gate, dug holes along the perimiter of the fence, she has moved boards and gone throught the fence at one part, and she has jumped over it as well. I am at a loss. We love her so much but I need to find a better way to help her fit in to our family. We a 9 year old dog who has behaved perfectly since she is a puppy. With our 7month old, it doesnt seem to matter what we do or how we discipline. She just does what she wants. Help me regain control and save our sanity.

Asked by Mabel on Sep 18th 2013 in Behavior & Training
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Tasha (in memory)

You got an extremely active working dog mix and are expecting it to act like a toy dog. If your dog does not have activity, she will find something to do because that is her instinct. It seems like you, like perhaps half of all dog owners, adopted an animal that is not right for your lifestyle. A working dog without proper training or activity is a recipe for disaster. If you have already given up, the best choice is to rehome the pup to a better home with more land and to a place where she will not be bored and looking for stimulation in non-ideal places. ^_^

Tasha (in memory) answered on 9/18/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Do not compare her to your other dog. Shasta not once chewed/bit when he was a pup, Otto, on the other hand, was a knot-head. This entire situation reads to me the following: She desperately needs stimulation!

Get her going with a sport (agility, pulling, flyball, swimming, if nothing else - fetch), or even pop a harness on her, put on some roller blades, and take her for a run. She needs at the VERY LEAST 1-3hrs of running a day.
She also severely needs mental stimulation. She is a very smart dog (even though it might not seem so), get brain-teasing treat despensers (even a simple kong stuffed with peanut butter), do obedience training with her daily, teach her some new tricks/games.

One great stimulant is to put her in a group class. It will give her mind AND her body something to figure out, plus it'll give you some insight on how to regear her energy and gain position as pack leader, not letting her be the leader.

Hope that helped, best wishes!

Shasta answered on 9/23/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer