Dog chewed my blinds

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ajillity81:  Don’t feel bad. We all have stories like this. My dog has eaten just about everything I own, lol.

Post # 5
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ajillity81:  Mine is still a puppy. I am told it will pass. I have “puppy proofed” the house as much as I can, but he still surprises me…like I day I came home to find him covered in cake mix.

Post # 6
Member
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

How old? My dog chewed shoes (preferably nice, new shoes) for about 6-8 months (we got her at 8 weeks). We stopped leaving our shoes on the floor, so she didn’t have a chance to get to her mouth on any. Now, we leave our shoes all over the place and she’s been so, so good. She hasn’t chewed anything in over a year (she’s almost 2.5). It seems odd that your dog would develop this habit all of a sudden – is this the first time he has chewed anything in the home? Or do you crate him because he tends to be destructive?

Post # 7
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@nber0815:  It sounds like separation anxiety to me, but it is weird that it just suddenly developed.

Post # 8
Member
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MrsPanda99:  Yeah, that is odd. I’m thinking maybe the dog is pissed that they started crating him all the time? My dog would NOT react well if we started putting her in a crate every time we left the house all of a sudden. Especially if she wasn’t being destructive.

Post # 10
Member
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Just saw your reply! To me, it still seems like he could be acting out against being crated all the time. I would expect my dog to exhibit some bad behavior if we started crating her right now for no reason. She just isn’t used to it. But if it’s been a year, it’s odd that he hasn’t done this before. Maybe it was just a one time thing?

Post # 11
Member
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ajillity81:  I think what @nber0815: said is very true. The dog isn’t destructive and your partner never had a problem with him…yet he’s being crated, which he sees as a punishment. It obviously isn’t his safe and special place. When he does “get free” he acts out. I am not sure if you introduced the crate slowly or even gave him a chance to have the free run of the house like he is used to…maybe those two options could work.   

Post # 13
Member
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I feel your pain…

We were actaully home when he did this.  He created a hole the size of his head so he could look out the window when they blinds were closed.  He’s very creative.

 

But seriously, dogs just don’t like change.  Moving into a new home with a new person added to the family is a big change from living just with your FI.  Our other dog (not in the picture) is 5.  She had bad separation anxiety when she was younger, always had to be crated when she was alone or she would chew.  Now she has free range, except when I move.  I’ve moved twice since I’ve had her and each time we have to start from scratch.  She’s back in the crate any time she’s alone at first,  and then slowly she gets access to the whole room for short times, building up to free range.  I’ve lost a few pillows by giving her too much space too soon, but eventually she got back to normal.  Perhaps you could try that with your dog.  Give he free run of a small room while you check the mail.  Then a little longer, slowly building.

Post # 14
Member
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

oh goodness! When we first moved into our house I walked outside for (literally) a minute to talk to my husband, and my dog went crazy because he thought we were abandoning him. He completely destroyed the blinds to our sliding glass door in his panic.

Here’s a photo of the damage!

 

 

Post # 15
Member
4296 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ajillity81:  Our CAT chews our blinds! It’s so maddening!!!!!!

Post # 16
Member
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hah our dogs like to go into destructo mode when we leave the house… and it’s funny because it’s ONLY when they’re both out. It’s like they tag team and decide “hey lets have some fun and chew up/destroy everything we can get a hold of. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have him crate trained.. but if you feel bad about that, is there a way you can gate him in the kitchen? that way if he does do an accidental pee/poop it’s still super easy to clean up and it gives him a little more roaming room? We do that with our dogs because one of our dogs (the one DH rescued) is terrified of crates.

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors