- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
ok – so our dog – we do love her – but well she’s a terror…meaning that she destroys EVERYTHING in sight. we’ve done everything from giving her enough bones and toys to chew on – free reign of the yard, etc…but she still destroys EVERYTHING. let me list:
the bottom of our porch swing (it was fabric and metal, she ripped out the fabric)
a wire to our central air conditioner unit – we built a tall wooden fence around the unit – she ripped the fence apart!
her own dog house – no joke – she ripped apart her own wooden dog house
anything and everything that isn’t nailed down, she rips to shreds.
she’s a 75 pound golden retriever/lab mix.
Yes – i know it is probably “separation anxiety” but we’ve had her for over a year and she knows our schedule by now. she also knows, when we come home and see she’s destroyed things that she’s in trouble before we even say anything…she looks at us and slinks down and away because she KNOWS she’s in trouble.
Normally we keep her in the yard – but the back of our house has a breezeway with a doggy door leading to the porch – and the porch to the backyard. the porch has a gate that we don’t always shut and if we don’t – she destroys things on the porch (such as our ac unit) and anything we may accidentally forget to put away (yes, that’s our fault, I know)…
she has a crate we bought her when we first got her, but she immediately destroyed the black plastic pan/bottom inside of it.
so we’ve decided we are going to try and crate tain her for good…the last few days we’ve put her in for short periods of time while we’ve been gone and today we went out to see his mom and been gone for 6 hours…
thing is – we THOUGHT (shoulda known better) putting her in her crate with her bed (something soft to lay on) she’d be OK – as she’s used to her bed and it’s what she sleeps on at night in our room…and normally the few times we’ve left her in the crate she’s never done anything – course they were short periods of time…
so – we come home today and what’s been obliterated? yup she has NO bed anymore.
i KNOW that crate training is NOT mean or inhumane and that MOST dogs get crate trained as a puppy…granted that’s said and done with she’s now a year and a half.
we COULD continue to keep her in the yard with the gate closed, but we don’t want to do that because we are trying to grow grass in the yard and re-do all the landscaping, etc…plus we just feel better that she’d be crated and unable to destroy things.
question is – have any of you crate-trained an older dog? what WOULD be good for her to lay on? obviously anything soft we put in there so she’s comfortable would be destroyed and i don’t want to make her lay on the bottom of the crate with nothing there for comfort – but it may come to that. and we don’t have $$ right now to buy a different type of crate.
any ideas are welcome. thank you.