posted on Sep, 17 2011 @ 03:38 AM
Hey everyone, so I'm pretty much at my wit's end with my dogs right now. One is 2 years old and the other is 5 months old. My girlfriend and I have
had massive amounts of trouble with the older one in the past but she has since calmed down (somewhat). Our main issue is their destructive
tendencies, they wreck our things whenever we leave the house for any period of time.
I work night shifts mostly and my girlfriend works evenings so the dogs are only left alone for a few hours (1-4) before the gf comes home. In the
past our older dog has chewed the wires on expensive electronics in our house, torn up clothing (frequently), scratched deep gouges into walls and
doors, and she has even eaten molding right off of doorways. She has since calmed down some but becomes destructive when left alone. The younger dog
is also developing this trait. They get exercise, have attended obedience training, and have been properly socialized. We've bought them tons of toys,
kongs, and treats to keep them busy whenever we leave but to no avail. We have invested in Dog Appeasing Pheromone diffusers to put around the house,
behavioral books and training, and even anti-anxiety medication. I really don't want to go down the medication route again since the change in
personality is clear when on it. I have no idea what else to do though, summer is a blessing in that we can leave them on our sheltered deck when
we're out. However, winter is fast approaching and that will soon eliminate that option.
I love my dogs and do not want to get rid of them but this is becoming a headache (an expensive one at that). So have any of you had an experience
similar to ours? I am very familiar with dogs since growing up we have five of them, but I'm at a loss with these two.
edit on 17-9-2011 by Sentience365 because: (no reason given)