We have a German Shepherd (4 months old) and a beagle (5 months old). The beagle tends to bay so much that he drives the neighbors nuts. I know it's to be expected with his breed, but anyone have suggestions on how to cut it down at night? Also, the German Shepherd has destroyed the trampoline net, the basketball goal, the seat on the John Deere lawnmower. Any ideas on how to prevent further damage? We aren't home during the day and never catch him chewing - just find the damage after the fact. Thanks!Answer Question
Answer by NicholeAT at 12:10 PM on May. 27, 2009
Making sure your dogs have plenty to do while you are gone is a good idea to start with. They are telling you they are bored. Dogs need to be busy most of the time. You have a hunting dog, and a working dog. Both are at a loss at to what to do with their time when you are not around. I know it sounds crazy but I do know this from just the people that bring me their dogs for the day while they are away. If this is not possible for you, then you need to provide something for them to do. If you haven't got time to walk them to release their anxieties from boardom then provide them with activity they can do while your away. Chewies are a good start, and even having them hunt for thier food. By that I mean hiding stuff they can sniff out and eat. Remove all things that they may destroy and give them things they can have. Big time power walks will help you out the most.Tracking is another So make some changes, for them .
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Answer by calliesmommie at 8:32 PM on May. 27, 2009
Typically dogs bark and get into "trouble" when they are bored. We have 6 dogs and no barking issues (even with breeds that are barkers). We curtail inappropriate barking the minute it starts. We either bring them inside or crate them inside until they quiet down. I personally can and will not tolerate barking dogs as they are a nuscience to those around them including myself. We make sure there is plenty of outdoor items to stimulate there minds when outside (swimming pool, toys, sand box and bones). We make sure to rotate toys so that they do not become bored. This has worked well for us and them. Good luck.
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