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Old 09-21-2018, 08:20 PM
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My husband and I adopted a Dalmatian that is also 1/4 Great Pyrenees. She is 1 year 5 months old. We are really struggling with her behavior when we are not home. She tears everything up. We have done the crate and she breaks out of it. She has 3 other doggie sisters to play with and we have a fenced in back yard that she is able to run at least 3-4 hours a day. We need options before we decide to rehome her. We are seriously struggling. We are open to any advice.
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I forgot to mention that we have had her 7 months.
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Mental games and tricks can help tire a dog out

Hi. Sorry to hear that your dog is having stress and anxiety or boredom.

Here are some of my thoughts to try to help:

Do you spend enough time working mental/brain games with her? What about doing tricks with her?

Tiring their brains really helps/prevents destructive behavior
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Do you work on "relax" with her? I take my dogs out to places like shopping centers or parks and plop down, with ultra relaxed body language, and some nice little treats and dole them out as reinforcement for chilling and watching the world go by. This is one of my most important training foundations for my dogs. Teaching relaxation and rewarding it is key!!!!


These are things I do nonstop with both my fearful anxious cautious dog and my new puppy. Super important to teach them how to relax by themselves.

Also, giving your new dog some T-Touch type massage can really help to relax an anxious dog. I do this with all my dogs and it really helps to keep them calm overall.

And I also give all my dogs safe chewing options like chewies, bully sticks, etc. This keeps them busy and reduces anxiety.
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Also, what kind of training have you done with her so far? You said you were running out of options and may seek to rehome her, so if you can tell us what you have previously tried to help her with, maybe we can you give you some additional suggestions.

Rehoming is hard on a dog, so I am very glad you are seeking help here first! Thank you for wanting to help your dog to be less stressed!
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