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We have a 5 month old puppy (female), who we got from the Humane Society when she was 8 weeks old. Lately she has been (for the past week or so) displaying some destructive behavior. She has torn a hole through the bottom box springs of our bed, destroyed a little section of carpet, and today peed right on the floor next to where my husband was standing. She's not fully potty trained, and really hasn't had many accidents lately, until this one today. It was just weird because usually she will run off into the other room if she ever does go in the house, and this is before we notice. Does anyone know what this could be? Is she bored? We do have toys for her and we do take her on walks. hmmmmmmm

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:32 AM on Apr. 29, 2011 in Pets

Answers (7)
  • She's bored and she is a puppy. Try different toys.
    emmyandlisa

    Answer by emmyandlisa at 12:35 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Maybe she is bored and is trying to get your attention? Try giving her a little more attention, a new toy, an extra walk outside, etc.
    amessageofhope

    Answer by amessageofhope at 12:38 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Maybe bored or marking her spot, he home. Maybe she feels comfortable enough now to mark her territory. Maybe let her outside more, use up some of that puppy energy.
    SassySue123

    Answer by SassySue123 at 12:52 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • You might also talk to a vet about the peeing. If she usually tries to hide it doing it right in front of you may be her way of telling you that she has a problem.
    AmandaH321

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 1:20 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • The destructive behavior is pretty typical for a puppy her age. You need to supervise her all the time and redirect her to the appropriate behavior. When you catch her chewing correct her and give her an appropriate toy, give her lots of praise when she plays with the toy. Buy some more toys and rotate them out so she doesn't get bored. For example, keep 3 in the closet and 3 on the floor, after a few days trade them out. She may need more exercise as well, both mentally and physically, try teaching her to play hide n seek with a toy, or play some games of fetch to enhance the exercise she already gets. I agree about talking to the vet about her urinating, however, it isn't uncommon for a puppy to relapse on the house training as they mature. Just treat her like you did when you first started house training. Good luck!
    marshsmom

    Answer by marshsmom at 2:15 PM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • she is a baby, make sure that she has a lot of things to chew on like bones(not chicken bones). She is cutting teeth.she needs to chew.
    stitchintime

    Answer by stitchintime at 5:23 PM on Apr. 30, 2011

  • Redirect with something she can chew on (avoid shoes, fabric items, etc.).
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 2:42 PM on May. 4, 2011

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