- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
I think FH is at his wits end, and I am almost there myself, with our 7 month old lab mix.
He destroys everything. He’s ruined our couch (which was a rather expensive gift given to me by my parents), eaten holes in the walls, eaten rugs, DVDs, pulled up carpet, chewed windowsills and blinds, eaten 6 pairs of my shoes (that I still have no idea how he mangaged to get) and a pair of my jeans. He’s also eaten two of my laptop chargers and countless other cords.
I’m not sure what to do. When I first got him, we had no problems from him at all. He was pretty easy to house train and never chewed on anything but his toys. He did have a crate and he did ok for a while in it. He would whine and bark, but would eventually calm down. Then,it’s like a switch in him flipped, and he started freaking out. He hurt himself rather badly, so we stopped and put up a puppy gate in the living room. It’s a large room and he did fine. Eventually, he started getting over the gate, but he never got into anything.
Then, a few months ago, he started eating everything. We borrowed a crate for him, and again, he panicked so much that he flipped it over, broke it and once again, hurt himself. We tried calming tablets the vet gave us, but he still panicked when he was in the crate, even with the door open.
FH says that we just need to get rid of him, but I love him and don’t want to give up on him. He’s been the the vet and I’ve asked about the sudden issues with the crate, but the vet says he doesn’t see anything wrong with him or why it would have happened.
Our vet did recommend a one on one session with one of his behavioral trainers, but with the wedding, our finaces have been stretched a little thin to afford the trainers price tag.
I really don’t know what to do anymore but I don’t want to give up on him if there’s anything that may help.
ETA: I have tried leaving toys around for him, but he and my older dog fight over them. If the older dog has a toy, that is the toy that our puppy has to have and vice versa. He spends most of the day outside, going for walks and playing in the yard. I am gone six hours a day during the week because I have class, but he always gets at least 15 minutes outside in the morning, and I let him out the minute I get home.