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post #1 of 33 Old 01-23-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Dog

Whenever we leave the house my dog gets in trouble. He gets in the trash. He eats gets things of the coffee table and the kitchen counters. It's mostly food or food related products(wrappers, tupperware, ect.) Now I know the way out of this would be to not store anything he would want in places he could get it. But sometimes things get forgotten. And I would rather have a dog that behaves than have to dog proof the house every morning. He never does these things when he is home, so I can't catch him in the act for discipline. Are there tricks I can use to stop this?

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-23-2011, 11:29 PM
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Unless you wish to put up video cameras and lay in wait outside, it was would very difficult to catch him in the act and reprimand him accordingly. I think the easiest solution is to crate train him, so he can't get in trouble when you're away. (Assuming you've never away for too long.)
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post #3 of 33 Old 01-23-2011, 11:37 PM
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Going after garbage and food that is left out is what a dog does. It would be torture for them to smell it all day and not go chew on it. Doesn't sound like you are cut out to be a dog owner if you think it is out of the ordinary to put this stuff out of reach of the dog. I got a child proof lock for my garbage cabinet but mine has figured out how to open that so now I take my garbage out regularly and keep it in the oven until I am ready to take it out. I have my own dumster so it is easy for me to do.
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post #4 of 33 Old 01-23-2011, 11:45 PM
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you can't lock him out of the kitchen?? baby gate maybe??
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post #5 of 33 Old 01-23-2011, 11:51 PM
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I have 3 Weimaraner's and two of them act crazy when I leave. Trash eating, digging out of the yard ect.... It sounds mean on my part but I finally had to make runners for them. I have a big fenced in yard and when I'm home they never try to escape, or eat trash, it was only when I leave so now I hook them up to the runner. I hook them up when I leave and unhook them when I'm home. At first the whined and barked.. the neigbors made me aware of that :) but after a couple weeks they got used to it. Anyway never had a problem since.
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post #6 of 33 Old 01-24-2011, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Doesn't sound like you are cut out to be a dog owner.
Seriously?

Okay anyway. I can't really afford a crate right now. But I do have a spare bedroom I could lock him in. There isn't anything we care to much about and no food, so he can't get into to much trouble in there. And there is a window to entertain him a little bit.

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post #7 of 33 Old 01-24-2011, 12:09 AM
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Seriously?

Okay anyway. I can't really afford a crate right now. But I do have a spare bedroom I could lock him in. There isn't anything we care to much about and no food, so he can't get into to much trouble in there. And there is a window to entertain him a little bit.
Speaking from experience....Mine scratched at the back of the bedroom door so long they scratched a hole....But most dogs are not as crazy as mine:) I guess its worth a try. My dogs will also jump right through screens so be careful...
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post #8 of 33 Old 01-24-2011, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Speaking from experience....Mine scratched at the back of the bedroom door so long they scratched a hole....But most dogs are not as crazy as mine:) I guess its worth a try. My dogs will also jump right through screens so be careful...
I'm gonna leave the glass down, just have the shades up for him. I don't think he'll scratch to much. I'll find out I guess. He's a giant dog. I think I would have to special order a crate if I end up having to get one. I wonder if I could build one. The cheapest one I found was $125. I could just replace the door before we leave for like an eighth of that price.

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post #9 of 33 Old 01-24-2011, 10:20 AM
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Seriously?

Yes I was serious.

I don't think it is unrealistic to keep your garbage out of reach and your food put away. Sounds like the counter is nose high
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post #10 of 33 Old 01-24-2011, 10:29 AM
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You can get a used crate on CL pretty reasonably. A crate will be much cheaper than an emergency vet bill and it will make your dogs life and your life much better. They are also a common garage sale item.

Your dog does not want you to be mad when you come home any more than you want to be mad. You dog is just being a dog.

Get your dog a crate so your dog is safe all day and you can come home and simply enjoy your dog!
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