How can I train my dog not to destroy everything I own when I'm not around? And why is she acting like this?
Topic: How can problem solving be taught
November 20, 2019 / By Dismas Question:
Every time I leave to go out my 1 1/2 year old pit bull terrier goes nuts and destroys everything she can get her paws on but when I'm around shes the calmest little angel you could ever meet. I don't think taking her to a training class would help because they usually only train commands and what not. Could someone please point me in the right direction? Because I really love her and I'm at a point where I either need to choose my dog or my stuff.
Forgot to write that she has gone through 5 different crates mainly because she breaks the plastic tray and can bend the bars and squeeze out.. and knows how to unlatch the latches so I tried locks but the main concern is the plastic tray on the bottom, so then she walks the cage to whatever she wants and tears up the carpet, couch, pillows...
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Bobby | 3 days ago
See if you can find a crate that is close to 20 gauge steel, she wont be able to bend the bars. That is about the strongest crate available on the market today. Get some heavy duty locks for the crate. Obviously just crating her isn't enough, she needs something to keep her busy while you are away - like a frozen peanut butter stuffed heavy duty kong (Extreme Kong). First, I would take the tray out of the bottom and get squares of heavy duty patio block for the bottom of the crate. She won't be able to move all of them AND move the crate, too. It would also help if you can take her for a good walk her before you leave.
My dogs are huge and powerful, ranging from 135 pounds to 155 pounds, they could easily bust out of their crates if they wanted to. They don't, they don't even try. They *love* their crates.
Condition your dog to love her crate. While you are home, crate your girl for short periods of time. Every once in awhile, walk by the crate and drop some kibble in the crate. Don't talk to her, just drop a handful of kibble in the crate and keep walking by. Only reward with kibble when she is quiet, otherwise she will associate her noisiness with the kibble treats. Praise her often while she is in the crate. Do this several times a day for short sessions while you are home. Another thing you can do to get her to love her crate is to open the door and feed her in her crate with the door open. She will begin to learn that good things happen when she is in her crate.
A couple words of advice when crate training. Never praise or reward your dog when you open the door to let her out. That makes the exit the reward and she will associate *getting out* of the crate with rewards, instead of associating being IN the crate with good things happening. Don't open the door to let her out if she is whining or crying, either.
Training classes wouldn't hurt, even if they just teach basic commands, although good trainers are able to help owners solve problems that arise while raising a dog. Classes will teach your dog discipline and respect. She will learn who is in charge and the two of you will build an even stronger bond.
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Buy a crate. Crate her when unsupervised. Problem solved.
The issue is that your dog is a very poor generalizer - she has never been punished while you are gone, so how could she know that things are still wrong when you are gone? She is also probably bored, stressed, and lonely. A crate is a safe place where she can relax and where she can't do anything dangerous, naughty, or stupid while you are gone. In case of emergencies or travel, it is great to have a crate-trained dog (trust me).
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Crate training. Make sure to properly crate train the dog and crate her when you're not around to supervise her. Never use a crate as a tool for punishment.
Also; before you leave/crate her take her on a thirty minute-hour long walk. The longer she will be crated the more exercise she will need before being crated and after coming out.
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I have 3 American Pit Bull Terriers and I always put my dogs in their kennels when I'm not around to supervise them. It protects your stuff from getting chewed and protects the dog from eating anything that could cause harm to her.
You can purchase a dog cage/crate at any pet store.
I would NOT suggest putting her in a separate room, I have done this before and my male decided to chew out the walls.
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A lot more exercise, both physical and mental. Using their brains tires dogs out as much as physical exercise. If you choose not to go to obedience classes for some reason, learn how to do the training at home. A tired dog is a good dog, this one sounds very bored and frustrated.
And crate the dog when you aren't there, for her own safety more than anything else.
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