Hello, Bella is 11 months now (gasp!).
She is growing into an amazing dog, however we still have problems with constant stealing and chewing of things. It is particularly bad if I have left the room. I can leave her happy chewing a bully stick then come back a minute (and I mean a minute) later and she has found something. If I go to the bathroom I have to leave the door open so I can see her! We take it in shift to watch her while we shower it's that bad! If I'm on my own I have to crate her even if I just need to go and put laundry away.
Sometimes even when we are in the kitchen with her I see her surfing the table/counter top looking for something.
Is this boredom or attention seeking. She once even opened a drawer because there were pipe cleaners inside, I kept telling the kids off for getting them out and spreading them everywhere until I realise it was Bella.
When, she has something we don't chase after her, I walk up to her calmly tell her to drop and treat her (she will NOT drop without a treat), if I see something before she gets it I tell her to leave, which she does well.
We are also taking her to puppy classes and all other aspects are improving. She has puzzle feeders, kibble in bottle etc. as far as exercise, she gets nearly and hour in the morning and my daughter takes her for a cycle, which she loves in the afternoon. So I think she is getting enough exercise. We play fetch and I am even teaching her to retrieve and put things in a box in the hope that it will help.
I can't give this dog anymore attention, I am trying my hardest but with 3 kids a house and my own business, I can't be Bellas 24hr person entertainer and minder. I would just love to be able to leave the kitchen without having to move everything six foot out of bellas reach.
Please help me, I was hoping this would be something she would grow out of but it hasn't happened yet!!!!