German Shepherd Q&A
We love our 11 month old grandpuppy...a beautiful black lab,Dash. My daughter a single mom has to work and she does walk him and exercise him but he chews up the furniture when she goes to work.She has blocked him into smaller areas but he seems to always find something to destroy. Any suggestions?
Mischievious behavior disapates when a labrador is given things to accomplish, like fetch and catch and the usual commands. The dog wants companionship and interaction and the behavior shows it.
The other consideration, along with upping the exercise is to consider containing him in a crate or kennel when your daughter is gone. In a dog safe kennel or crate he would me much safer. Labs have long puppyhoods and need exercise and proper containment. If it makes her feel better she can have a good neighbor perhaps come over mid day and let him out for some fetch and a potty break. We have 3 labs right now and have had them all our lives, we love them! But you do have to work hard on prevention, rather then clean up.
Puppies can really try your patience, but with training and some maturing on the dogs part, this behavior will pass. My yellow caused alot of trouble when she was a pup. Try some new toys, and be sure to let the dog know its done bad when you come home to damages, and then even tho you are home try giving the dog a timeout, instead of any normal greeting activities. Timeout being inside, no toys, and away from people. Sounds corny i know, but has been effective for me. Labs crave love, attention, and approval, the two things that hit home with mine the most are the words bad dog, and being seperated from the family. I know right away when mine has been up to no good while i was out, because she will not come to greet me at the door, instead she will hide and also avoid the "crime scene". She is very very good these days tho so its sticks out like a sore thumb when she acts that way. When she was in her phase of destructiveness, i got into the habit of coming home and not acknowledging her at all until i had checked the house over for damage. Then we could either have a nice reunion or a punishment session, but i did it this way to avoid mixed msgs. The dog eventually got it that one way was alot more fun than the other. Lucky for you Labs are some of the smartest dogs around, yours will certainly get the hang of it if you are training him correctly.
Try a crate, they give the puppy a lovely 'den' and makes it feel secure.
i think that you should get a crate, that will stop him from chewing the furniture and you could get him some chews as well.
You could get a crate where he will feel safe but don't worry he will stop chewing when he gets older he is probably still teething.
Yeah, I agree with the crate idea. You could allso try and get some of that furniture spray stuff that you spray onto furniture and it usually stops the dog from chewing it. My yellow and chocolate lab used to chew furniture when they were puppys,but they dont chew it anymore. I keep my dogs in a crate too. Just get someone to let the dog out of the crate about every 3 or 4 hours and he should be fine.
you should not have gotten that puppy at 3 weeks at age. Usually puppies cannot leave their mom untill they are 8 weeks, because they still have to learn to interact and play with their litter mates, and learn social skills. Taking a puppy away so young will make it nervous around other dogs and humans. They also do not have control over bowel movement so dont be surprised if you can't potty train it!
I could not agree more. Crate training is the best way to protect your belongings when you are not home. I have been raising Labs for more then 15 years and the first year you need a lot of patience. I also leave the radio or TV on when I am not home. That way the pup does not feel like it has been abandoned without human contact for long periods of time.
Ditt on the crate or confinement. I don't have a crate, but I block my 5 month old lab in my bathroom with a baby gate--she's big enough now that I need two baby gates, one on top of the other...but I also have to pick everything up off of the floor (i.e. the garbage can) because if it's there for her, she's going to chew it or get into it. No need to create a situation where she'll mess up when I'm not there to correct her. I even remove the toilet paper from the roll because she had a field day with that once...the best thing to do is confine to a space where there are no opportunities for chewing anything that should not be chewed. I leave a few of her toys with her and leave her with a Kong filled with peanut butter when I leave so she is quite content to see me go because she's busy with that. And when I get home she's usually snoozing away and happy to see me but not stressed at all.
I have a 5 month old chocolate lab and I think I used the crate 3 times. We emtied a room and put her in but she managed to chew some of the base boards. We found a kind of mussel that she can drink out of. It is netted. So in the mornig we put her mussel on and leave her loose in the house. she is housebroken already so it makes it much easier. But since we started the mussel trick at night she sleeps in our bedroom andnever once did I wake up to find something chewed. I guess it depends on each dog but I lov the mussel. She can drink, break, and she doesn't sweat considering it is a kind of netting. You should try that!
I would put him outside so he will learn to not chew anything up and i know it is hard to do that because he might run away but chain him up ps:if he does run away it is not my fault. but just do it
either put that nasty tasting furniture stuff on everything or get the lab into a sport like agility or disc throwing. that usually tires them out. also have her wait until her dog is asleep before leaving the house. Another idea is to close your bedroom door and put on the radio to trick her into thinking your daughter is home, she wouldn't dare chew on the furniture when your daughter is home.
Your daughter must invest in a 'cage' - a very large one - should really have started this earlier in the dog's life. My first lab even ate tiles off the wall!!! My next one - I got a cage - put her in for 5 minutes - got her out and praised her - next time 10 minutes - next time 15 minutes and went out of the house -praised her and treated her. So on and so forth until I could go out for a couple of hours (after exercising her of course) and could leave her in 'her own quarters'. The cage door was then taken off (when she was about 6 months old) and I can honestly say, she never 'ate' a shoe which didn't belong to her (let alone table legs)!!!. A cage, and introducing the dog to it properly - is the best investment ever. It's her own 'little domain' - her own quarters - she has her own toys in her 'quarters'.