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Old 02-18-2018, 10:37 AM
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Hey guys, I have a 12 year old lab mix. We had him for 10 1/2 years, and while we've always had to make sure not to leave food unattended in his reach, lately he's been going out of his way to get stuff when alone. Twice we've come home to stove top fires because he's accidently turned on the burner while attemping to get an (empty!) dish off the top of the stove. We know it's him and not the other dog because once we came home to flour spread all over the floor and it was all over only him, none on the other dog.
He's now eating paper towels, plastic, cardboard, anything he can get into.
He can't be crated or otherwise confined. We've tried that several times over the years and he just destroys everything and/or injures himself trying to get loose.
Can this be stopped, or do we just have to continue trying our hardest to make sure there's nothing for him to get (we have to spend like 15 minutes Dude-proofing the house before we go anywhere and then just hoping we got everything)?
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but can you at least lock both dogs out of the kitchen? Setting fires would scare me!

At his age and since this is a new behavior, what about a vet visit to rule out any medical issues?
If there's nothing wrong medically maybe he could be on something for anxiety while you're not home.
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We take the knobs off the stove whenever we leave the house now. No more fires, it scared us too. We can't really keep them out of the kitchen.
I can't imagine why he'd suddenly be anxious when home alone when it's never been a problem his whole life. But I guess going to the vet couldn't hurt.
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This might sound weird but double sided tape works wonders, lol.

Have you changed his food lately or suddenly? or has he ate anything that dogs shouldn't eat?

I agree that you should take him to the vet to have him checked out. Could be oral or digestive problems but that's just my guess. I'm not a vet.
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No changes in food. Who knows what he's eaten when nobody's there and he's found something, but he hasn't acted sick or in pain.
He only does this when nobody's home. When someone's there with him, he's an angel. But we've had him for so long, and he's never been this bad.
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That's why a vet visit is a good idea. It's a change in behavior and he's twelve years old. Could be any number of senior medical issues causing the new behavior. Suddenly eating non food items could be vitamin deficiency, cognitive confusion, like dementia, any number of things. All the training in the world won't help if it's caused by a medical issue until the medical issue is addressed.
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Vet Vet Vet - get him checked asap!
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