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Name: Pulling my hair out
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I have a eight month old puppy - lab/shep. mix. She's a cutie - but she is way out of control. She is destroying our home. She is a outside dog who plays well w/ our 14 year old male lab/shep. mix. However, she has chewed up my outside table & chairs, planters, PALM TREES (yes, very large trees - chewed them to the stump). She is just out of control. I got her plenty of toys, chew bones and raw hides. I do not want to go to a dog obediance - to me this is a waste of money. I have tried the dog spray for biting, pepper, hot sauce, pepper sauce and nothing works. I resorted to a pin during the day w/ a barking collar and when we are outside w/ her, she wears a muzzle. Any suggestions? Anyone remembers how long this chew phase is?
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Name: angela | Date: Apr 13th, 2006 4:21 AM
labs tend to act like babies for longer periods of time then any other dogs, and my lab mix, matured at about 3 and a half years, but her horrible chewing phase lasted about 6 to 9 months, =) e-mail me of you need any other suggestions [email protected] 

Name: Abbey | Date: Apr 29th, 2006 4:56 PM
Being an outside dog is hard for any dog, and sometimes dogs are miserable living that kind of life. Dogs are pack animals and want to be with their pack (you)! If you feel like dog obedience is a waste of money, put a bark collar on the dog, and make it wear a muzzle, it seems like you and your dog would be happier if you found a new home for her. Most behavioral problems are caused by a reason! A LOT of dogs are destructive because they are lashing out by this lifestyle you are forcing her to live. 

Name: ally | Date: May 14th, 2006 7:46 PM
well you should get a trainer they could help your problem! 

Name: araceli | Date: Jun 10th, 2006 9:35 PM
best friend 

Name: bladerunnerx16 | Date: Jun 30th, 2006 11:50 PM
at this age, she's losing her teeth and growing her permanents... I dont know what to tell you, but maybe she's chewing out of boredom? 

Name: Jason | Date: Jul 3rd, 2006 7:14 AM
Read the book Marly and Me. You will be able to relate and maybe not feel so bad. It is an easy read and involves a couples relationship with a Labrador.
Also, I do not agree with the theory that dogs should not be kept outside. We had a St. Bernard (he passed away a little over a year ago at the age of 14!) He lived most of his life outside. He always had the option to come in the garage whenever he wanted but only on rare occasions did he, other than to eat and drink. When left in the main part of the house, he would run around for a little bit, snuggle for maybe 1/2 hour and then want back outside. 

Name: Jason | Date: Jul 3rd, 2006 7:29 AM
Oh, I also wanted to direct a comment to Abby. Before you type about certain breeds or cross breeds of dogs, you might want to research them. Labradors are notorious for chewing, take longer to mature, and due to their size, the destruction they cause tends to be on larger items thus seeming more destructive. I once found my St. Bernard chewing on the side of the fridge like it was nothing! He has also broken countless windows (trying to get outside not in) and, no, not to run away, because he could scale our 6 foot fence, but only did this on one occasion (my son had fallen off his bike and he could hear him in distress), attempted to eat the couch (we caught him), and loved to chew on the corners of the dining room table! 

Name: evee | Date: Jul 3rd, 2006 7:43 AM
NO! NO ! NO ! NO! NO! NO! NO! THROW AWAY THAT BARKING COLLAR! NOW! GET IT OFF HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOW!!!!!!!! YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DISCPLINE YOUR DOG WITH PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO BAD!!!!!!! TAKE IT OFF NOW!!!!!! by the way this can make it worse. you adopted a lab, labs take a LONG time to mature. you got the dog, now you need to be responsible, and train your dog the right way. otherwise get rid of the dog and get a chihuahua as it seems your not capable of handlig this dog. im telling you, positive enforcement works best. keep your dog in a pin with something to do, get it a noisy toy to entertain itself with, take it on lots of walks, and your pup will be to tired to do anything!!!! if you muzzle your dog and keep it in a cage its whole life it will be a miserable attention craving little wreck. it will follow you EVERYWHERE and whine for no reason. dogs bark for reasons by the way. if there is no reason, the dog usually is just happy, and loves life. now , puppys chew alot, because they are teething, or just stopped teething, and have sore gums. i reccoment frozen carrots, and those BIG HUGE bones that are bigger than a puppy, and are made for full grown irish wolfhounds. no plastic or rubber bones, as this will cause problems in its stomach, and intestines. ugh i cant believe you would even think about a bark collar. geez get rid of it now. 

Name: evee. | Date: Jul 4th, 2006 2:39 AM
i didnt mean whine for no reason, i meant whine for every little thing. if he is away from you, she will freak out, and cry. [ i was really tired when i wrote that so thats why there is so many typos] 

Name: lindalu | Date: Jul 7th, 2006 1:33 AM
Hello CRAZY DOG, I bet you do most of your chewing when no one is home. When you are alone and bored. Tell mom to purchase a crate so that it will keep you safe. With crate training not only will it remove stress from mom it will keep you from getting in to something that could hurt you. Alot of people dont believe in crate training they think it is mean. But if it is properly used it can make a wonderful training tool. When mom leaves for work tell her to put you in it. When she comes home and some one will be there then let you out. Dont use for more than 4 to 6 hours at a time. This should help with that annoying chewing. 

Name: Aaron | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 10:35 PM
Crazy Dog, I can certainly sympathize, having owned 9 different labs at different times. What you are dealing with immaturity, and possibly seperation anxiety. The immaturity phase for me lasted approx. 6 - 8 months. After that, I curbed it myself. I am a dog trainer. I know that Eve was on here degrading e-collars ( bark or remote). but I feel that when used properly WITH OBEDIENCE TRAINING , They can be the most effective thing out there. I promise you, dog obedience is not a waste of money if you choose the right trainer. going to your local pet store for puppy classes or association classes will not help you. You dont need association or interaction with other dogs. your ( the dog's ) problem is behavioral. Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. ( Geeze, I bet Eve would flip if she knew that I also sell and install underground pet fencing? OH THE HORROR) 

Name: unknown | Date: Aug 2nd, 2006 4:32 PM
I hope everyone who is reading this has or will spay or neuter your pet. No matter a cat or dog.... don't help grow the unwanted pet population!!! 

Name: jd | Date: Aug 8th, 2006 10:09 PM
very very very very very very very long 

Name: JILL | Date: Aug 29th, 2006 5:48 PM

Name: JILL | Date: Aug 29th, 2006 5:53 PM

Name: Deshay | Date: Oct 13th, 2006 3:14 AM
Gurl let me tell u this u need 2 start to telling her no thats a bad gurl and if thats don't work then start whoopin her that would put her n check and if that don't work then take her over here and i know how 2 handle her. 

Name: meeeee! | Date: Aug 20th, 2007 11:13 AM
dont know how long the phase is, or even if its a phase
but i do know that obedience can be very useful, and that different dogs respond to different methods
not to sound cruel, but i would suggest (what do i know? lol) a harsher mode of training such as the collar and other physical corrections
also seek out obedience, your trees will thank you! 

Name: Brandon | Date: Sep 20th, 2007 12:21 AM
I have got a dog that was kicked around all the time ={ and i love the dog but i can get him to go to the bath room out side
any help my email is [email protected] if you can plzz do 

Name: [email protected] | Date: Oct 29th, 2007 7:41 AM
First have you ever had a dog before? That the muzzle off it makes things worse. shes got lab in her tuff it out. Sprays dont work my lab loves to lick em. Get a kennel but that means that you have to run her down when you have a free sec. Use washed out flat milk jugs for toys they love em. You can even put treats in them, give them something to work for. It will make them focus on it and not your trees or backyard. But the only real cure is time she will be a great dog someday. The one that I have now is only 8m and I hate her only a year to go. Then its gravy. You can also try balls that are too big for her to fit in her mounth they are hard headed and will keep tring, Good luck. Let me know how its going [email protected] Bye 

Name: nikki | Date: Jan 10th, 2008 10:36 PM
we had left a year old dog home for 4 hours and video taped him he barked the whole time he even got up on the kitchen table and howeled its somewhat scary thinking your dog is having an angzity attack 

Name: christie | Date: Feb 20th, 2008 9:28 PM

Name: christie | Date: Feb 20th, 2008 9:28 PM
dog trainer 

Name: Cayla | Date: Aug 7th, 2008 1:16 AM
i have a dog and he just wont listen what can i do to get him to listen and stop peeing and pooing in the house? 

Name: libberlover | Date: Nov 15th, 2008 5:34 AM
you need to get her chew toys, and if she every chews on anything you dont want, tell her 'no bad' in a forceful tone, you must make sure to let her know that YOU are the boss. and you might want keep her in a confined area, at least until she gets her teeth in. Like i said, LOTS OF TOYS, and praise her for chewing on them, scold her if she chews on something else. change the toys out almost daily so she can constantly be amused and you save money! also you might not want to keep her in the house unsupervised at least until you get the chewing under control. you might want to get a crate (which you should NEVER use as a punishment) which she can feel good about going in while you are away. I hope that helps, if not Email me at [email protected] 

Name: Stilwell Fan | Date: Dec 14th, 2008 5:46 AM
What you can do is buy a sensor for her favorite thing to chew so whenever she goes to chew a loud siren goes off. This makes chewing unpleasent for her so hopefully she will quit. 

Name: Raina | Date: Jan 15th, 2009 9:10 AM
My dog Teddy is jack russell cross red cattle he is now nipping and biting everyone it hurts and i am afraid he might become dangerous how will i stop this? 

Name: sully | Date: Feb 14th, 2009 7:46 PM
try walking your dog for a longer time and mabye getting you dog a treat ball this way she is not getting bored and using her brain to try and work it out if you would like anymore advice email me at [email protected] 

Name: NIcole | Date: Sep 17th, 2009 6:44 PM
Please I have a 18 week old Walker Kunh Hound and we are having trouble house breaking him yes he is in the house. anyone give me hints on hown to house train him and oh ya he keeps gettig in the garbage we need help please any tips would be great 

Name: Bodie | Date: Oct 6th, 2009 4:20 PM
My dog is about 2 years old and she has recently started displaying a new behavior and I'm not sure how to deal with it. My dog joins me each day at my office and while she used to great people who come to the office is an endearing way, lately she has been jumping and making a lot of noise. It is not threatening or aggressive, but loud and excited. She jumps and runs in and out and barks and does her "talking thing." I scold her but it's not helping and if it persists I won't be able to bring her to the office because it is too disruptive. Any ideas? 

Name: jacques | Date: Dec 7th, 2009 5:36 PM
tips on training 2 labrador dogs at once 

Name: Fur Life Dog Training | Date: Apr 16th, 2010 11:09 PM
You have a mix of 2 very smart breeds. Your dog sounds bored! Dogs need mental and physical stimulation, which is what a positive based obedience class can offer her. You will be able to learn to communicate with her. Obedience training is a safety issues also, if she gets loose, it would be good for her to come when called. Puppies are a commitment, and digging, barking, chewing are all normal dog behaviors that we humans just don't like, but without training how will she learn? It's worth the effort!! Best Wishes! 

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