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Old 01-14-2018, 08:09 PM
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My dog is acting aggressively and chewing up everything

I have a 8-month old puppy, she is half German Shepard, half Red Bone Coon Hound. I have never had these problems before with a dog before in my life and I have no idea how to fix them. I have owned pitbulls, dobermans, chihuahuas, boxers, you name it I have probably owned it at some point.

A few months ago she broke out of her kennel, and I mean broke out to where it isn't even usable anymore and I haven't been able to afford a new one (I recently got put on medical leave from work so I am just covering basic needs and bills right now). And she has terrible separation anxiety so when I do leave she tears up everything she can get her teeth on. I thought maybe buying her some more teething toys and such would distract her from the stuff in the house but nope. Everyone swore by rope toys and she can't stand them, she prefers plushes but no matter how many I buy she still goes at anything she can find.
She tore open my mattress and ripped it apart and peed all over it, I have to throw it out.
I tried to put her in the bathroom and she tore my shower curtain down and tore up all my shampoo bottles and stuff.
Shes torn up my couch cushions.
She also has this thing where she likes to bite my hands. I have tried telling her no and handing her a toy that she can bite and chew on but she has started being really aggressive about it to the point where I have to yell at the top of my lungs to get her attention.
When I am eating or drinking something she will bark at me endlessly.
She wakes me up at night multiple times and scratches my face up and bark at me because she wants me to pet her for really long periods of times and shes started being really aggressive about that too, I have even started hiding under my blanket until she lays back down because I actually get kind of scared of her.

I try and take her to the dog park as much as possible right now so she can run all of her energy out but since I've been disabled it's been harder to do every day, and I feel like I just haven't been able to teach her proper manners or behaviors. I feel like a failure or the worst dog mom ever.
I don't want to be scared of my dog because there are a lot of moments I genuinely enjoy with her but she is beginning to really stress me out and scare me a bit when she begins acting aggressively. I just want to be a good mom. Please help me.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:48 PM
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I have a 8-month old puppy, she is half German Shepard, half Red Bone Coon Hound. I have never had these problems before with a dog before in my life and I have no idea how to fix them. I have owned pitbulls, dobermans, chihuahuas, boxers, you name it I have probably owned it at some point.

A few months ago she broke out of her kennel, and I mean broke out to where it isn't even usable anymore and I haven't been able to afford a new one (I recently got put on medical leave from work so I am just covering basic needs and bills right now). And she has terrible separation anxiety so when I do leave she tears up everything she can get her teeth on. I thought maybe buying her some more teething toys and such would distract her from the stuff in the house but nope. Everyone swore by rope toys and she can't stand them, she prefers plushes but no matter how many I buy she still goes at anything she can find.
She tore open my mattress and ripped it apart and peed all over it, I have to throw it out.
I tried to put her in the bathroom and she tore my shower curtain down and tore up all my shampoo bottles and stuff.
Shes torn up my couch cushions.
She also has this thing where she likes to bite my hands. I have tried telling her no and handing her a toy that she can bite and chew on but she has started being really aggressive about it to the point where I have to yell at the top of my lungs to get her attention.
When I am eating or drinking something she will bark at me endlessly.
She wakes me up at night multiple times and scratches my face up and bark at me because she wants me to pet her for really long periods of times and shes started being really aggressive about that too, I have even started hiding under my blanket until she lays back down because I actually get kind of scared of her.

I try and take her to the dog park as much as possible right now so she can run all of her energy out but since I've been disabled it's been harder to do every day, and I feel like I just haven't been able to teach her proper manners or behaviors. I feel like a failure or the worst dog mom ever.
I don't want to be scared of my dog because there are a lot of moments I genuinely enjoy with her but she is beginning to really stress me out and scare me a bit when she begins acting aggressively. I just want to be a good mom. Please help me.
The same exact thing is happening to me. I just adopted a1 and 1/2 year old Mastiff from a rescue shelter. He has a rough past, he was adopted and then taken back (he is a 73 dog pound) and then my boyfriend and I fell in love with him. He is sometimes a calm dog, others not. He pees EVERYWHERE in the apartment and even poops. He likes to bite my ankles and hands especially. Whenever we leave him to go out, we leave him a crate. He has escaped TWO times where we have had to come home from work to take care of him. I have no idea what to do- I have only had him for for 5 days. Is this normal?
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Can somebody please help me she is getting more aggressive every day and I am covered in bruises???
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What helped my dog with separation anxiety was a behaviorist consult and medication combined with behavior techniques. I adopted him from a shelter and was broke at the time so they had the shelter behaviorist do a free consultation and the medication is thirty dollars a month. It made a huge difference. You could try that, or see if there's any low cost vets in the area willing to prescribe antidepressant or antianxiety medication. Most vets here insist on a behaviorist doing it and aren't comfortable prescribing psych meds for dogs.
For the aggression a trainer or behaviorist is best. I know it's money but it's also your safety and cheaper in the long run than having your place destroyed and having to replace everything.
Also dogs will keep peeing and pooping places they can smell they've gone before so you really need a good enzyme odor removing cleaner from the local pet store to fully eliminate all odors.
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I will post later when have time. Hang in there. Not aggression. Sounds like normal bored german shepherd pup behavior.....they arent called landsharks for nothing.
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Two things that helped us with a similar situation were firstly crate training the dog; we did it gradually and he loved his crate.mThis will give you a bit more control over what the dog has access to and when. Secondly the knowledge that the destructive behaviour does come to an end as they get older- in our case by twelve months. We bought the crate second hand and it was the airline approved type. I also gave him a couple of old shoes which he could chew and this really helped to divert him from chewing other things, though not entirely of course. Hang in there.


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Ok, first things first. I know your dog is a mix, but what you're describing soumds like typical german shepherd puppy behavior when 1 the dog is not getting enough mental and physical stimulation, and 2 training is lacking. The dog is walking all over you. You need to familiarise yourself with german shepherds more. As a breed, they are very very mouthy and bitey. Its in their genetics. Go to a german shepherd forum and read the newbie owner posts, and you'll see tons of threads that sound like yours. People with bruises and cuts and scrapes etc from their puppies. These dogs are little whirlwinds of destruction if they arent getting the training and stimulation they need. Look at it this way. What we call a german shepherd today is a dog that was bred to be able to do anything. High energy. High drive. Super intelligent. Athletic. These are the things that make these dogs able to do all the things they do. But it all those traits when not channeled properly will come out in these destructive behaviors you're seeing. The biting and barking and such at this point does not sound like aggression. It sounds like a german shepherd being extremely pushy about what it wants, which is fairly typical for the breed. This is actually a trait that is desirable in the breed. It has to be managed and channeled though. Its lack of discipline, lack of respect for you on the part of the dog. This is a dog who doesnt see you as being a worthy leader ( at this point )and is just doing whatever it wants because it can.
This could possibly escalate to real aggression in the future if you dont get a handle on it now. The dog is hitting the age where it will start testing you more and more for awhile. Like a teenage human.
The dog HAS to have enough mental and physical stimulation or this will not get better, only worse. These dogs have a genetic compulsion to be doing things. Anything. Not what most people would call an easy going housepet.
This dog HAS to have proper obedience training. It is not optional.
Crate train the dog. Do it properly.
The dog needs to see you as being a worthy leader and have a bond with you. This means providing what the dog needs, including exercise, discipline, structure, fairness. You need to be someone worth looking up to for the dog. These are not the easiest dogs to own.
But if you do it right, you could end up with a superstar of a dog. All the problems you're having come from traits that can be channeled in a constructive way. That is the trick here.
Take a nightmare dog and put it with someone who has learned how to handle these types of dogs, and they end up being fantastic dogs. They have just as much potential for good as they do the bad.
The biting needs to be redirected at a toy when it starts up. Try teaching the tug game. Might love it. Animate the toy to make it interesting.
Remember these dogs want something to do, and generally will fall all over themselves to please you once they bond to you, and you teach them how to please.
When its a bad behavior, give the dog something else to do instead.
When its time to chill out, put him on a leash, make him lay down next to you and step on the leash so he cant go anywhere. Teach him how to relax.
All this has the prerequisites of enough exercise and mental stimulation though.......
I would say if you can, definately get a trainer involved. It sounds like you really need one, no offense intended.
It does sound like this dog is going take alot of time and energy though. But if you put the effort into it, I'll bet it will be a really great dog.
The obedience training will also teach you and the dog how to communicate with each other. Everything depends on being able to communicate. Everything.
Get a friend to come exercise the dog a couple times a day if you cant do it yourself. It has to be done. No free reign of the house at this point. He is on leash, tethered to you, or in a crate. Period. Except for the times when you are specifically doing something with the dog.
Also read up on NILIF. Nothing in life is free. This will go a long way towards helping you get control of the dog.
But I still cant stress the exercise enough.......
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