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    DefaultHelp before I lose my mind!

    Jack and Apollo will be 5 months tomorrow and they are at their worst (I am hoping) :-[ on needing everything in their mouths. When I am at home with them, the problem is easily corrected and they will drop whatever they are trying to chew on (that they are not supposed to). The problem is during the day when I am not home. At first I kept them in the house baby gated in a hallway/nook area. In the past 2 weeks they have dug a hole through the wall....drywall and all....and chewed off part of the base board. So, starting last Thursday I moved them into another room (storage room) that is connected to the house. It is a fairly big room with concrete and unifinished walls (just drywall). I make sure to have chewey toys and their nyla bones in the rrom with them, but nooooo :P the wall is much better and they are destroying it. They are only pinned up from 7:30 am until 11:30 and 12:30pm until 3 pm but seem to do some damage. My mom recomended putting chicken wire on the wall? Any suggestions????
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    Here is the latest pics of the wall destroyers

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    DefaultRe: Help before I lose my mind!

    They're adorable.

    5 mos. is a tough time. It's their teenage rebellious age.

    Easiest, most simple solution to keep them save and you sane:

    CRATE.
    Brenda from Connecticut

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    Yup! CRATE! They will love it.

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    DefaultRe: Help before I lose my mind!

    I keep them crated at night and when they want to nap, I just feel bad about keeping them crated for that amount of time. But these are the first dogs (expect family dogs growing up) that I have trained myself so I will definatley take your advice and try it! Thank you

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    I cringed when I was recommended a crate but, it is a lifesaver. Theirs and mine. Also for the cost of the crate, it is a cheap investment when you consider how much it can cost to repair what they can destroy. So I'm with the others, Get A Crate!!


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    It will ALSO keep them SAFE.... they chew on things they shouldn't, and they could get sick and die, or get an abstruction.... so the crate will keep them safe and sound...... your house too !!

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    DefaultRe: Help before I lose my mind!

    Have to echo the recommendations of the others of the crate.

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    I understand your concern for having to leave them in it all day while you work, but many folks here do it.

    Be sure the crate is big enough and get in some GOOD, LONG exercise before leaving for work (walk, retrieving). Also, provide them with a nice frozen stuffed kong, so they'll have something to keep them busy, as well as associate it with a good experience.

    How long are they alone during the day?
    Brenda from Connecticut

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    DefaultRe: Help before I lose my mind!

    Quote Originally Posted by agasser
    I keep them crated at night and when they want to nap, I just feel bad about keeping them crated for that amount of time. But these are the first dogs (expect family dogs growing up) that I have trained myself so I will definatley take your advice and try it! Thank you
    Don't feel bad. Think of it this way: You are protecting their safety. What if they eat a chunk of drywall and it causes an obstruction, or other such things.

    Besides, they're still young and need lots of sleep. Chances are good that they will just sleep in the crate while you're gone.

    Whenever I explain to someone about crate training and why I do it, I always say "I'm protecting my stuff from Baloo, and more importantly, protecting Baloo from himself!" ;D

    Good luck.

    P.s: They are much too cute to cause damage like that. I think they were framed. Aliens must have come in and done it. Yah.... that's it!
    Kate
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    DefaultRe: Help before I lose my mind!

    I agree with crating while you're gone and wearing them out before you leave.

    Your boys are really cute, by the way. I love the little after-digging dirty noses.

    Laura, mom of Sundance, CGC
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