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Old 01-16-2018, 05:33 PM
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Dog is eating house. Please help.

We have a rescue. 1/2 Beagle, 1/2 jack Russell Terrier. When we are present he is amazing. Calm, cuddles, etc. 1 year after we got him, he started eating our couches while we are at work. He's eaten rugs, and nw he's graduated to ripping off the baseboards in a home we rent. This is what we've tried:

We have walkers that come Mon-Thurs (we can't afford Friday). They take him to the park with other dogs for 1 hr.
He wears a thunder shirt.
We use a holistic calming tincture in his water.
We've read material that said to be casual when we leave and return, to turn our back on him when he jumps, and to not reprimand him when we find his damage.
He does not sleep in our bed at night with us.

Obviously, nothing is working. When we're home we pay him a lot of attention. He is fairly well trained and follows most commands. Any suggestions (other than getting a second dog)? We are desperate. Thank you.
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Use a wire crate for when you aren't home.
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Does he destroy exits like doors or windows? Is he very attached to you when you are home? As in follow you around the house and from room to room?
If it's separation anxiety, a consultation with a behaviorist and medication along with behavior techniques can help a lot.
For true separation anxiety, the dog is only happy with the person or people it's attached to. Other people or dogs or animals won't help. My dog will get frantic and chew through his leash and escape looking for me if I leave him tied for five minutes in a roomful of people. He's done it, just when I left for five minutes to use the restroom.
If I go to get something from the car, he'll stop playing with his favorite buddies at the dog park and wait anxiously at the gate even if he's completely ignoring me and happily playing.
It's the owner they're overly attached to.
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Have you tried crating him or blocking off a section of the house where the dog is restricted to a specific area of the house when you aren't home? We put a baby gate up in the kitchen entrance and leave an open crate, water, toys, pads etc down when we aren't home. This way our dog is restricted to the kitchen area only.

Also, for the baseboards, have you tried spraying bitter apple on them? Our beagle puppy attempted to chew a few pieces of furniture but once we sprayed the bitter apple, he hasn't touched any furniture since. Now socks and shoes, that's a different story, lol.
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Thank you for your responses. I forgot to mention earlier. That we got a wire crate for him and he went BALLISTIC. He never calmed down and he eventually escaped from it (all the plastic components were chewed to hell). Then we tried to block a section of the house. It was a tiny section (the bathroom) and he destroyed it (baseboards/walls all scratched or chewed up). We will definitely try the bitter apple. When we're home, he mostly follows us around, however, we we are in the kitchen, he hangs out on his bed upstairs. He takes alone time often.
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Alone time when you are home and its his choice is different then when you leave him alone. He really needs to have his access restricted. We kept ours enclosed in the kitchen and family room area for awhile when we left her, until we could trust her with the run of the house. She did well restricted to those two rooms, which had windows for her to look out of and really didn't seem to mind it at all. Now, years later, after having the run of the house for years, she would probably hate it, but its not necessary either.
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Arrow U may need a professional on scene for a proper behavioral evaluation.

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what happens if U are at home, but tether him or close a door between U, leaving him in another room?...
with a place to lie comfortably [a bathmat, folded towel, his bed] & something to CHEW,
such as cow hoof, antler, solid-white Nylabone, or other busywork?

does he relax & get to gnawing, or whine, bark, pull at the tether / dig at the door?

There's no real way to distinguish between genuine, full-blown Sep-Anx & sheer boredom, except that Sep-Anx is driven by a desire to ESCAPE, sodamage is mostly to door thresholds, floors at exit doors, window-sills, & other possible exits,
while destruction to fill the time, self-soothe anxiety, or out of boredom, is directed at anything chewable.

Does he fuss if U are in the shower, with the bathroom door closed? - many overattached dogs want to lie on the shower mat, outside, lest U somehow escape the room while they're outside it.


I would not use or recommend a wire-crate; i'd buy a used airline-approved shipping crate, & HABITUATE him to it over a week or more; he'd eat all his meals in the crate, 2x a day, every day.

There'd be a durable chewy in there, attached to the window with a length of bike-cable so he couldn't take carry outside the crate - a thick-walled pork marrowbone, sterilized, with the cable run thru the hollow center, would be good.
I'd put his meals into black Kongs, one size larger than recommended for his body-size [a Lg for a medium dog, an X-Lg for a large dog, etc], & secure the Kong with a length of knotted nylon cable, a BIG FAT KNOT inside the Kong under his food, & a SNAP on the end of the cable, tethering it to the crate window so he consumes it inside the crate.
To wash the Kong, unclip the end, carry it rope & all to the sink, use a spatula to dig out the remaining food, & slide the knot out; put the whole thing, rope, Kong, & all, in the top rack of the dishwasher, making *sure* the rope & the clip cannot fall into the arms of the sprayer!!
A reusable cable-tie or a couple of rubber-bands - not just one, in case it pops - will keep the rope coiled loosely to be washed, & safe from tangling.
If U don't have a dishwasher, soak the Kong & rope, submerged, in a large bowl or water, to soften all the clinging bits; then spray the whole thing well, to blast off stuck-on food, & finally, use a bottle-brush on all parts, including the twists of the rope; let it air-dry B4 use again.
[If U soak it well, actually scrubbing it takes maybe 5-mins. Air-drying takes longer.]

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If his problem is Sep-Anx, it may take more than advice over the 'Net to repair - he may need an SSRI to reduce his anxiety, or other Rx meds; he will definitely need a B-Mod plan from a vet-behaviorist, CAAB, or certified canine consultant [IAABC world-wide; COAPE in the U.K.; other credentialed pros, depending upon where U live].

Vet-behaviorists are thin on the ground; CAABs are more common.
Both may offer remote services, using Ur own vet as the locum for hands-on exams, & U as the owner will do the B-Mod per plan, & report on progress - they may see him via live-feed / FaceTime or other, or see his behavior as it was recorded.
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I would also suggest U get his behavior when home-alone using CC-TV & video saved to a dedicated flash-drive, or a Cloud account. BACK IT UP - don't count on one format; Cloud can be corrupted or deleted.
A flash-drive plus a DVD, or any other hardware storage, plus the Cloud, is safest.

CC-TV cameras can be $30 or so; all U need is WiFi, to connect them to yer laptop or desktop.
Seeing his behavior in real time may give U a much better idea if his focus is escape, or filling the time / relieving anxiety / alleviating boredom. Hopefully, it's one of the latter 3.

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Talking shopping...

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To determine the correct size, i'd take him to a pet-supply store & "try on" the floor models - if he can enter, U-Turn, & exit, it's big enuf.
If he can stand at full height with his head & neck extended, it's too big.
Then look for a used model in those dimensions.

sources for used shipping crates:
- FreeCycle: giveaways in local area; community ads
- CraigsList: generally 1/2 new / retail cost
- PreLoved, GumTree, etc [UK]
- vet's office, possibly on the bulletin board
- local ACC, SPCA [they often get donated crates, & resell them].

The Newport News, VA, SPCA, sold used crates for as little as $5, depending upon how overstocked they were.


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Thank you for your responses. I forgot to mention earlier. That we got a wire crate for him and he went BALLISTIC. He never calmed down and he eventually escaped from it (all the plastic components were chewed to hell). Then we tried to block a section of the house. It was a tiny section (the bathroom) and he destroyed it (baseboards/walls all scratched or chewed up). We will definitely try the bitter apple. When we're home, he mostly follows us around, however, we we are in the kitchen, he hangs out on his bed upstairs. He takes alone time often.
It sounds like you could use a professional trainer to help you work with him. Maybe talk to some local vets, shelters or rescues and see if they can give you any leads as to who could help you.
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Lightbulb Links for accredited professionals

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IAABC global directory -
https://iaabc.org/consultants

vet behaviorists in the U-S -
Member Directory « ACVB


CAABs in the U-S -
Animal Behavior Society

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there are IAABC canine-consultants around the world;

in the UK, there's also COAPE / APBC members, plus:
ABTC Register of Clinical Animal Behaviourists - The Animal Behaviour and Training Council

ABTC Register of Accredited Animal Behaviourists - The Animal Behaviour and Training Council


Please let us know what their diagnosis is, & what the B-Mod plan entails? - thanks in advance,
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