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Old 07-23-2018, 08:41 AM
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Old dog driving me crazy

My 13 year old lab's house destroying tendancies have gotten way worse as he's gotten older. We've always needed to keep food and the trashcan out of reach. But now he's climbing ONTO the table with his old arthritic body and grabbing things that aren't even food, like paper. He's gotten empty pots and pans off the counter, and he's nearly burned the house down because he accidentally turned the stove on while trying to get on top of it. Every time we leave the house we do everything we can think of, but then we come home and there's flour strewn around the whole house or he's eating a magazine. He's CRAZY.
He can't be crated or otherwise confined, either. He has plenty of toys and things to chew on. Vet said he's okay physically.
We've kind of resigned ourselves to living this way, but does anyone have any creative solutions?
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Is there a way to confine him? Either in a crate or in a room. Or will he hurt himself trying to escape?

I’ve also heard of things that you can put on counters that emit a high pitches noise to deter pets if he can still hear.

You could also try feeding him more if he’s not overweight, spreading his meals out throughout the day, or giving him more low calorie treats like carrots and green beans if the issue is that he’s hungry.
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He will hurt himself and literally destroy walls if we confine him in any way. I might look into something that makes noise to keep him away. Thank you.
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Have you researched Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, AKA Sundowners Syndrome? Behavior changes can be the first sign of it. CCD-Dog Dementia There are medicines you can that may help if you think it's what he has. Other then that all you can really do is manage him.
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I had one like that, leaving safe, appropriate chews and, things he could shred, like dream bones, rice paper, etc... about kept him happy and, spared the rest of the house from his teeth.

Why he did it as a senior, sort of like a second puppy hood, I don't know but, giving him safe options helped a lot.
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Okay, so I got home today and the dog had torn down a shelf. He may have ingested some metal and we may have to go to the vet.
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Hey so originally reading the post I thought he was hungry because it sounded like he was climbing up looking for things to eat. A dog I work with is on medication that makes him really hungry and he always tries to eat everything, even non food items. Always climbing and jumping to look for food too. I thought it could have been a case like that.

But if he’s actually destroying furniture and things it sounds like it could be anxiety instead or in addition. Maybe look into anxiety medications with your vet or a vet behaviorist. Or try CBD oil.
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It could be separation anxiety. My friend's dog a pit bull boxer mix did that too. They would come home to a distroyed home and blood here and there. They got him a large crate and padlocked it because he would come out of it.
A thick layer of carpet, chew toys, stuffed toys sprayed with water and lavender oil. These dogs are very obstanant!
2 weeks later he was much calmer.
They would play hard with him too to tire him before bed. Walks are a must too.
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How about hiring a behaviorist? I think it will help.
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Seems if you can't get his behavior under control, he has to be confined for his own safety. What about confining him in a room, or a couple of rooms, that you can essentially 'puppy proof'? You say he goes crazy if confined, but from what you describe he does when he is not confined too. As already suggested, I would also talk to your Vet for possible anti-anxiety medication, or perhaps some mild tranquilizers when you have to leave him alone.
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