My youngest dog

Is now 16 months old and from the first day I adopted her, she’s been crated when there is no one home. As a puppy she did the usual puppy things, like chew things that weren’t hers, but she only chews her bones and toys now.

When she was under a year old, I was in my room doing my hair one morning and she was out in the living room with my slightly older dog Sadie. I put my hair up in a messy bun and thought I better go check on her. Now, literally she was out there for maybe three minutes. I walk out to the living room to find the floor filled with white fluffy stuff. Then I realized what she had done. She ripped a hole the size of her mouth in my sofa cushion, the one you lean on, and pulled just about every bit of stuffing out.

Up until a about two months ago, she had shredded the rug inside the front door….twice. She hasn’t done it since.

My hesitation on leaving her out the crate while at work is about a month and a half ago, I bought new living room sofas – a loveseat and a sleeper sofa. It wouldn’t take her long to rip into that one too.

How will I know when it’s okay to trust her?

I was told to start out small but again, it wouldn’t take her long to rip something. So how can I do this?

Yesterday I had to go and fill up the gas can for the lawn mower. I thought that will only take 15 minutes or so. I have a netcam setup in the living room and had it on while I left the house, with her not in her crate. She sat on the sofa with Sadie and watched me pull out of the driveway. I saw both of them start to bark and were looking out the window at something. Maybe someone was walking by. Once they passed, she settled down and laid down on the sofa. I kept watching, very stressed out. But she did fine. Of course that was only 15 minutes.

The thought of leaving her uncrated for an hour or more terrifies me.

Any suggestions?

2 thoughts on “My youngest dog

  1. Is she a rescue dog, pound dog, or a humane society dog? Start her out in a room that contains nothing she can shred. Since you have video that shows true time, leave her in the room, alone or with the other dog, and stay close by but out of sight. Praise liberally. Do you have a third dog, maybe the pack leader, who could help you keep the puppy in line? Ideally, you are the alpha dog. That is my suggestion. Do this only when home so you can get there in a flash. Increase the time as she gets better. Good luck.

    Many, many dogs will eat rugs and blankets and towels they shred. Not a good thing. Most pass this stuff without incident but our rescue had one dog who had never chewed on anything but bones, chew up a blanket and ate the entire thing. He had threads of yarn around so many parts, intestines backed up and would perforate without question but it was too much to expect him to survive surgery. We had to put him down. Now very few dogs have anything in their crate they could shred.

    • She was conceived and born in a rescue so she technically isn’t a rescue in the sense that she came from a bad place, but her parents were rescued. Anyway, unfortunately I don’t have a room that doesn’t have anything in it. The only place would be the bathroom but both dogs are terrified of that room so I can’t put them in there. She’s really good about the fact that once she is disciplined she doesn’t make that same mistake again. With the two rugs she shredded, the first one I wasn’t there to see it so I couldn’t discipline her. The second time I was in her sight and saw her do it so she was disciplined properly. My gut says that she wouldn’t do it but if my gut is wrong, then there goes my new living room set. My older dog was a rescue and never chewed anything. I tried crating her but she was so terrified of the crate that she busted out of it. So from that day forward she wasn’t crated. But she never learned to chew things until I got the puppy. The puppy taught her how to play, chew on bones, and wrestle around. I still don’t need to worry about the older one, just the younger one.

      Oh wow, the entire blanket! That’s insane. Sorry you had to put him down.

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