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Old 08-10-2013, 09:58 AM
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Okay! So I desperately need help! I've never had a dog that does this so I'm a little lost!

Bentley is a 1 year old Collie mix and he keeps eating and getting a hold of things he shouldn't have. I have changed my life to a point that I call it Bentley proofing! This morning I woke up to him eating my glasses. He ate the plastic frame and plastic lenses! He will ruin anything left out such as shirts, pens, any paper products, pillows, blankets, etc... The list will go on forever. We did take him for beginners training at PetSmart which worked for commands like sit, down, and up. Any other command like stop or stay was never taught. I'm just at such a loss with this.

How do I get him to stop this bad behavior?? I know I can't leave anything out at all anymore. It's so frustrating that he ruins shirts & now my glasses which I need, especially when he has all his toys and bones available to him. Someone please help!


Thanks! Bentley's mom
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It must be frustrating to have a pup constantly destroying your things. A few ideas (and I"m sure others will have more):

- You said you've puppy proofed, but if Bentley still has access to things, you'll need to do more. Anything you don't want him to have will need to go in a drawer, on a high shelf, or on the other side of a closed door.

- Teach "leave it" so you can use it when Bentley starts moving towards something he shouldn't have. There's a good Kikopup video for that:

- Keep your eyes on him at all times and redirect when he approaches something he shouldn't have. Offer him an appropriate toy instead.

- When you can't watch him, crate him or place him in a truly dog-proofed room.

Part of it, I think, is similar to house training in that it's building a habit of making the correct choice and preventing the opportunity for making an incorrect choice.
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Thank you Cookieface! I will check out the video now and you are right I need to house train him.
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Ditto the above.

Also, what kind of exercise is he getting everyday?

How often do you do training sessions?

You mentioned he has toys and chews--but does he actually like these particular ones? If you list out what he has, we may be able to give you some ideas for other kinds, particularly puzzle or treat dispensing toys to keep him busy.

Chewing and destroying really comes down to a bored dog looking for something fun to do. You've got to make sure he's getting enough physical/mental exercise and properly manage the situation (ie prevention/putting everything out of reach).

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I'm wondering how much exercise he gets, too. Collies are very high energy dogs, a walk around the block every day isn't going to cut it.
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I would wonder about exercise too. More is always better.

Also maybe try crate-training him in your room or something at night when you're asleep and can't supervise. Glasses are EXPENSIVE so it could prevent things like that if he jumped up somewhere he shouldn't.
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Lots of exercise a tired dog is a good dog. I am sorry to say it is up to you to protect your things. Dogs are like babies they put everything in their mouths it is up to us to see that does not happen.
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I walk him 10-15 long blocks twice a day. I've taken him hiking on a mountain for 4 hours plus the two hour drive and when we got home he slept 40 min and got back to chewing a blanket. How much more would he need to stabilize?


As far as his toys, he always has squeaky ball, Nylabone, and rubber kong chew cone that can be stuffed with treats. What can you recommend?

Thank you all for your help!
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^ What about mental stimulation? Being part collie, he probably needs not only lots of physical activity, but brain exercise also. :-)
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Yup-brain exercise sounds like what's missing out of that. The hiking probably helps a lot if you go daily.

New tricks, basic obedience, etc would be a good place to start if you haven't already. I also like games such as 'find it' (nosework) because I can leave her to it if I'm tired!

There are also some puzzle toys (that are a bit more expensive, admittedly) which dispense treats as he plays with them.
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