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Sally G., Animal Behaviorist
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Experience:  Service /assistance dog trainer,Therapy dog evaluator and trainer, AKC evaluator, pet first aide and member of PAS Animal Response Team.
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We have Lab we found and are trying to adopt. He digs

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We have young Lab we found and are trying to adopt. He digs everywhere, chews up what ever he can, pulls bedding and rugs all over the yard. When we scold him he seems to know he is wrong, but keep doing it. He is chewing up our patio post, I put hot sauce on them. We are seniors and do not have money to take him to a trainer. I am 74 and still have to work. My husband is getting very upset with him. I so want to keep him, but I feel he is thinking twice. Can you give us some Ideas. I think he is around 7 mo. THANK YOU.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome. This is just a short note to introduce myself or to request needed information for your problem. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

He is at the adolescence stage where molars are affecting him and so is his age. This is not an age where they can be trusted to be left alone so keeping him with you is key and when you cannot watch him you need to crate him for his safety. He is also a breed that is known for chewing probably more than any other breed.

I would invest in toys that are interactive such as kongs, dog puzzles where you hide his food so he has to figure out how to get it., the more thinking toys you can get the better because usually thinking gets them tired. Kongs stuffed with plain yogurt , canned dog food , cream cheese, or peanut butter and frozen can keep an dog chewing appropriately. Ger many kongs and stuff them with different items as you leave for work put them out for him.

As for digging you want to teach the leave it command so you can give that when you see him digging. You can invest in a sandbox and hide toys and treats inside there so he learns to dig in the appropriate place. Get outside toys such as the wiggle giggle ball or treat dispensing balls to keep him occupied outside to curb digging.

It is very important that you interchange your toys so they always seem new just as you would rotate a child's toys or the dog ignores them.

Set up play dates with friends dogs to wear him out. Seek a neighborhood kid to come and walk or play with him.

start training him in basic obedience because again this uses the mind and will build good manners, eventually this will all stop but don't expect that for another year.

You can play calming music on your computer or invest in a CD to calm which should help with some relaxation.

Through a dogs ear

http://www.amazon.com/Through-Dogs-Ear-Canine-Companion/dp/B003C1F1PI/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982686&sr=1-2&keywords=through+a+dogs+ear

3 hours of dog calming music on youtube to try out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=89&v=joe-ePqCqWc

mind stimulating toys

talk to me treat ball

http://www.amazon.com/Talk-To-Me-Treatball-Record/dp/B000J2C430/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982774&sr=1-2&keywords=talk+to+me+treat+ball

Kong these work great when stuffed with cream cheese and frozen

http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Extreme-Dog-Large-Black/dp/B0002AR0II/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982805&sr=1-1&keywords=kong+dog+toys

Buster cube

http://www.amazon.com/Buster-Food-Cube-Large-Colors/dp/B0006G54OU/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982864&sr=1-2&keywords=buster+cube

Dog Puzzles. If you just type in dog puzzles on amazon you will come to a page full. I just happened to pick this one . PetCo also carries dog puzzles.

http://www.amazon.com/Company-Animals-Ottosson-Brick-Interactive/dp/B001KZ4WJE/ref=sr_1_23?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1393982918&sr=1-23&keywords=dog+puzzles+for+large+dogs

Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.

you can easily do clicker training at home, I would do it in short sessions as your schedule allows to build up good manners and to tire him.

Clicker training/positive method training/ print off

http://www.clickerlessons.com/

video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm

Expert:  Sally G. replied 5 months ago.
Hi Antoinette,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Sally G.

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