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Ainslie asks...

This question is about: Destructive chewing that results in destruction of furniture, woodwork etc Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks Pulling on the Lead Separation Anxiety Toileting

My husband and I have a problem dog. We adopted Duke when he was about 1 year old. He'd already been adopted and returned to the Humane Society 3 times before we got him. We both grew up around dogs and have experience training special needs animals, so we weren't intimidated by a dog that a lot of people probably couldn't handle.rnrnWhen we first got him he was definitely wired, but he was still a puppy and we thought that all he needed was a home that could give him the structure and training that he needed. And in the beginning he was a sweetheart, but he's turned into a complete menace and we're at a loss of what to do.rnrnFrom the day that we got him until now, we've agreed that he's gotten worse on all accounts. He tugs on the leash, he begs, he poops on the sidewalk, he jumps on people passing by, he barks, he steals other pets' food, he jumps and steps ON other pets, he eats off of the counter, he eats inanimate objects, he can't be left alone, and he seems to enjoy pooping and puking on everything that we hold dear.rnrnOur biggest problem is that he eats just about everything that he can get his hands on: our food, our other pets' food, unused poop bags, cat poop, anything plastic (like remote controls and razors), anything paper (like receipts and toilet paper), and then proceeds to get an upset stomach and puke or have diarrhea all over the place. It's gotten so bad that we can't even board him when we travel because no one will take him any more!rnrnAt first we tried to dog-proof the living room/kitchen (it's the only room in the house with doors on all sides). But then he invented new things to eat. If there wasn't food on the counter, he'd figure out how to open the refrigerator. If the refrigerator was locked, he'd tear the dog leashes off of the wall and eat the unused poop bags. If there weren't any poop bags, he'd figure out how to open the sliding door to eat all of the cat litter. The other day he opened up the sliding door, ate the cat poop, opened up the pantry door, ate a 25 pound bag of flour, got the door stuck, and whined until we found him covered in puke/diarrhea/cat litter/flour at 3 o'clock in the morning!rnrnWe've tried kenneling him when neither of us are home and when we go to bed, but he's taken to whining all night, eating the kennel bedding, and pooping/puking all over himself. So then, we can't sleep while listening to him howl and we're stuck cleaning him, cleaning the kennel, and replacing all of the bedding at 3 o'clock in the morning. He's even started to think that our bed is kennel bedding and has torn apart our mattress!rnrnWe feed him very high quality food (he gets either whole turkey or chicken with both breakfast and dinner), we give him high quality bones (he has a basket full of bones at all times, plus we give him whole cow vertebrae with the bone marrow), and he gets plenty of exercise and bathroom breaks (we live 20 yards from a leash-free beach-front park that is gated and only available to residents).rnrnWe've taught him to heel on a leash, come when called, sit, stay, shake, and lie down on command. But he'll do those things while we're watching. The second that we turn our backs, he's a terror. We don't even have to leave the room. If we just look away from him momentarily, he'll pounce on something, beit our cat, other dog, the counter, the trash, the recycling, it doesn't matter. I can't even use the bathroom without taking him with me or putting him outside because he'll jump on the counter or find something to claw his way into!rnrnOn the morning of our wedding day, we had to buy new bedding because the night before he broke open our deep fryer, drank half a gallon of oil, and then proceeded to puke it up all over our bed and freshly cleaned laundry. We had to throw everything out. I was late to my own wedding day brunch, hair, makeup, and photography session because we had to replace everything... on our wedding day!rnrnOn our honeymoon and over Christmas, when we went to visit relatives, we used proffesional dog boarders. Neither of them will ever let Duke stay with them again. We warned them that he likes to jump and can open doors, but he has discriminating taste. He will open the refrigerator and eat the lobster and brie, but he won't touch the cheddar or the bacon.rnrnWe're just at a loss. Throughout both of our lives we've only adopted rescue dogs and cats. We've trained well-behaved dogs before. Our other dog, Bridget, is a special needs rescue dog who needed extensive training to learn how to eat and drink out of a dog dish, go up and down stairs, walk on hard surfaces, and not be fearful around people and other animals. Today, she will even stand on her hind legs and jump around in a circle for a treat.rnrnMy husband's last dog, Sophia, went from being a rescue that some kids on the street were throwing rocks at, to being the most well behaved, loving dog that you could ever imagine. And my husband is no stranger to dog training. He grew up with a family who breeds and trains Labs and Vizslas.rnrnDuke is a whole nother problem entirely, though. We've taken to not letting him off the leash (even in fenced in areas), not letting him alone (even just to go to the bathroom), and kenneling him every night. But it isn't working at all. He'll go for a week or so without a problem. But, if we give him an inch, he'll take a mile.rnrnWe don't want to give up a member of our family, but we're beginning to think that we aren't equiped to train Duke properly. We're just completely at a loss and need help.

Micah asks...

This question is about: Toileting

my dog is potty trained but if I sleep at a friends house, he pees in the room

William asks...

This question is about: Barking at people, dogs, animals, birds or where the dog barks for attention or at the slightest noise

Several years ago I started this dog training program with your company but had to stop when my wife got seriously sick. I would now like to resume training. I believe our last session was in 2011. How can we resume this life time program. We are still at 301 Aden Court, Upper Marlboro, MD. 20774. 301-249-3580.

Chelsey asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My dog has been trained to go on his pee pad (my boyfriend and I live in an apartment). We've recently got another dog a few months ago and we have already expected Storm to be territorial and mark in places around the apartment. That has stopped for a while then all of a sudden he is peeing in places he hasn't peed before. For example, he peed on our couch while my boyfriend was sleeping on it! I've already taken him to the vet and he is fine heath wise. We've been keeping a better eye on him to make sure he doesn't pee where he's not suppose to and so we can also reward him for when he does go in the right spot. It's been good for a couple of days. Then yesterday when I came home from work, I took him into the bathroom with me (where we keep his pad) and I waited for him to use the bathroom. I even tried to tell him to "go potty". Nothing happened for about 10 minutes so I opened the door and we headed to the living room....I see him peeing on our comforter that's hanging off the couch with his ears down and that "oh no I'm in trouble" look on his face. rnToday I had just put my clean clothes on the bed and he peed on the bed and some of the clothes. I don't know why he would be doing something like this. He has never behaved like this before.

Des asks...

This question is about: Toileting

My dog is potty trained and when we moved into our new home with a dog door we taught her how to use it. Then We discovered that she only uses it when we are home. If we aren’t home she poops and pees in the house. So I assume she thinks she isn’t allowed to use it while we are gone. When we trained her we praised her and gave treats but while we aren’t home there really is no way to do that. She doesn’t do it every time just usually if we are gone for a few hours. If she didn’t go on the floor while we are gone, she greets us at the door but if she did she is in her kennel. She knows she is wrong but really thinks she has no other option. Not sure if it is relevant but our cat uses it constantly whether we are home or not but the dog won’t. Should we just go back to crating her while we aren’t home or is there a way to break this habit?

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