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Old 09-22-2009, 08:33 AM
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lab's strange behaviour

hi all im new to this site. i have a 2yr female old golden lab who is pretty well behaved but recently she has started mis-behaving. the biggest promlem i am having with her is of a night time when she is locked in the kitchen wich is large with my parents black lab. i am waking up to find she has been on the bench where the washing is kept and pulling out my mothers bra's and destroying them or if she has been able to get into the hall way where the dog food is kept she is taking the tins and ripping the paper off them even though she is leaving the bag of biscuits that she could easily get into has anyone any ideas what i can do to stop this. Also she is eating the other dogs poo which is a little unpleasant. any help and advice would be great. thank you
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:23 AM
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Welcome!!!

Labs are very high energy dogs. It sounds to me like she's bored (she's getting into things) so she likely needs more exercise and stimulation. Try taking her for a long walk after dinner to tire her out, or play with her in the yard with a ball (I *know* labs love balls :P)

If she's not getting walked every day -she needs to be, and often they need to be walked more then once a day. Get in the habit of exercising her until she's tired.

Because Labs can overeat if they get into food, lock anything up that you can. Dog food, biscuits and people food should be secured in cupboards. If she can open those=get child proof cabinet locks (these are super cheap and easy to use)



There are lots of reasons for coprophagia-which is a nice way of saying "poop eater!"

20 Reasons Why Dogs Eat Poop (Coprophagia, Pica)

And obviously you want to stop it-most importantly
5 Tips To Stop A Dog From Eating Feces

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1. The living or wandering area of the dog should be properly maintained. Pet owners should train the dog to defecate in a designated area. A dog might be forced to eat his feces in order to keep his surroundings clean.
2. Pet owners should know better than feeding a dog anything edible. It is advisable that the dog is given a well balance diet full of nutrients. The amount of food given should also be measure to avoid overeating.
3. Dogs should be fed in a timely manner. Twice a day of equal servings is ideal. This practice is advisable to prevent a dog from eating feces because of hunger.
4. Teach basic obedience training. Say "off" if the dog is starting to taste his poop.
5. Consult a veterinarian immediately if the behavior of eating feces actually resulted from a medical condition. Those suggested above will not address the problem and can only be solved with proper medical attention."

Hope this helps you!! Keep us posted
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has she always been in the kitchen at night or is this a new situation for her? i agree with mikey that she probably needs more exercise, but i suggest more than a walk, i like to take high energy dogs for a nice run next to my bike if i can. no matter what, it is important to remember that dogs chew, their whole lives, not just when they are pups. providing both the dogs with good things to chew on at night may help to save your stuff. i recommend kong type rubber toys.



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My first instinct is the dog is bored stiff...

more exercise and training to work her body and mind. Dogs generally act up more if they are bored.



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Just gonna repeat what everybody else has said, sounds bored. Tiring the dog out before you go to bed works.
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thanks alot all i will take all the advice on board im still confused y she is only taking my mothers bra,s lol.
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thanks alot all i will take all the advice on board im still confused y she is only taking my mothers bra,s lol.
Maybe she has a more expensive bra than the others, seems they always destroy the expensive things! LOL jk :P

Could be the fabric, or hers are only in reach.
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thanks alot all i will take all the advice on board im still confused y she is only taking my mothers bra,s lol.
i would guess that she likes your mother and is chewing on something that smells like her



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i would guess that she likes your mother and is chewing on something that smells like her

there might be truth to this...they often fixate on objects that belong to the person they are most attached too..

my dogs will not touch my husbands things...but mine are fair game.



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Hahaha I can concur on that LOL

Mikey has destroyed my bra panty collection as well as several tops -however I guess he's starting to warm up to my bf-as I caught him this morning with one of his shirts. It's been four months, and he finally destroyed something of Dave's LOL

AND it's so true that they go for the expensive ones too -brats!
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