I would like to suggest you read the books 'How to Raise the perfect dog' and 'Cesar's Way' by Cesar Milan.
Perhaps your dog is behaving this way due to the lack of leadership. i am not saying you are a poor owner, but i too have struggled to LEAD my pack ( i just don't have the natural personality) the way they need to and would be in the wild.
I have just started reading both these books ('Cesar's Way' is better for a dog your ones age) as i am getting an Australian Shepherd and know that the breed can be troublesome if not given correct direction.
The books are great and offer amazing help and guidance.
If you like there is also a book of his about being the pack leader.
Not sure if that is the problem, but i can guarantee that these books hold valuable information regardless.
There are three reasons why dogs are destructive. They are bored
They have managed to get hold of something interesting. They have access to areas of the garden where there are some irresistible objects. They rearrange your carefully planted plants not out of malice, but because the soil has been disturbed and the fresh scent has interested the pooch. Perfectly normal for them, frustrating for you.Remember that dogs of 6 months need to chew and you need to provide them with appropriate, interesting things to chew. For example:
It is NEVER appropriate to punish your dog if you come home and find a huge hole or washing off the line, Your puppy will not remember what he has done. Many people don’t believe this and say ‘Yes, but when I showed him the hole he looked guilty – he knew what he had done!’ Humans can feel guilty, dogs can’t. Dogs look ‘guilty’ when they behave submissively. And they behave submissively when humans shout. So, you could just as easily show your dog your ciggies, a chewed shoe or a box of chocolates and say ‘Bad dog, look what you did!!’ and you’ll get the same reaction for all three.
Ironically, people who arrive home and shout at their dog for digging actually exacerbate the problem. The dog begins to associate its owner coming home with being shouted at and perhaps punished and gets terribly anxious when the owner is out, anticipating the homecoming. And what do dogs do when they are anxious? They dig, or chew, or do the laundry...And so begins a vicious circle.
I also suggest giving him his own digging patch. Put white sand in a nice out of the way area, place some yummy bones it the night before and as soon as you see him digging there, tell him good boy. Ignore him when he digs elsewhere and if you catch him, lead him over to his digging area. And yes, definately read up and watch as many of the Dog Whisperers as you are able, you will pick up so many great tips from him. And always be a calm, assertive pack leader. Give me a shout if all else fails.
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