Our chocolate lab, Moni, is 11 months old and is quite a handful.
For the past 5 months he has been waiting for us to go to work and has been stealing the pillows off our couch. During our absence he would open them up (not ripping them apart) and spread their cotton interior all over the house. Has anyone had this problem before and how did they handle it?
Recently, Moni, decided that pillows are no longer interesting and that the couch is a tasty alternative.
Yesterday, while we were at work he chewed through the outer lining of our couch and managed to reach the springs inside our sofa.
I anyone has any idea what to do about this please help!!!
My top suggestion is a CRATE (or kennel if you are gone longer than 4 hrs). Next suggestion is Exercise. And next is a Training class (or ten). Welcome to adolescence.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
you should crate him...it will keep him from destroying other furniture as well as keep him safe. he may end up eating something that could cause blockage.
I agree crate him and lots of exercise. The expersts from this forum says: " a tired Lab is a good Lab!"
Molly counter cruises, and stove cruises....she actually turned the gas on with me standing in the living room. The answer to anything when you cant trust them alone is crate. She wouldve burned the house down if I didnt have one for her.
Get a crate, and a frisbee, you will be much happier.
Courtney, Bogey and Calli
I wouldnt leave him in a room where he could get stuff like that i know alot of people on here use crates which is good idea. I never crate trained any of mine and they are just shut in the kitchen...nothing gets eaten cos i leave nothing to get and i give alfie things to chew so he doesnt look for them
when we are not home Milly is an outside dog! She knows that when we're home she's allowed inside and that is the routine.... we have an intact couch but a couple of holes in the backyard... i'd prefer the holes... they don't cost thousands of dollars!
Everybody's gonna say the same thing - crate, gated room with nothing to get at, or outside kennel (not many people will say the last one, but it's what I do when we're not home), more exercise, and some obedience training . Training doesn't keep them from being bored when you're gone and getting into things, but it helps you have more controlable dog and helps build a bond with you - plus you have to practice at home and that gives your dog something more to do at home. Some labs can NEVER be trusted completely, when alone in the house. Others, such as my Skippy never ripped up anything in his life except for my husband new jacket zipper!
Your dog is not "waiting" for you to leave to chew the pillows. When you leave he is booooored so he is keeping himself busy. When you are home he has other things to keep him busy (you!) so he doesn't think of the pillows.I was going to say all these things -you beat me to itOriginally Posted by patm
-regular (daily) obedience work to keep him BRAIN exercised
Charlie (foster) and Rocky