Someone on another board is having a problem with her chocolate lab, any advice? Here is what she wrote.....
I have an issue with my 1yr old chocolate lab. Mya is a wonderful, playful puppy and I adore her but we have a HUGE problem when we go out. When ever I leave her home alone even for 15mins I come home and she has destroyed something of mine. She has chewed up 6 different headsets, a mouse, my shoes, my clothes etc. She rarely eats anything of my children's and never anything of my husbands. And the thing is she only does it when I leave her home. I leave her toys around, bones, rawhides etc. Anything I think she will chew on I put away before I go out. We can't crate her because she absolutely freaks out, she chewed her way out of a metal crate numerous times and if I put her in a room she tries to dig her way out. She has dug holes in the carpet when she accidentally got closed in a bedroom while napping and pulled tile off the floor when I went out to mow the lawn. I am at a loss on what to do. If anyone has any ideas please, please let me know. She is an angel otherwise.
[center]<br />Proud mommy to Summer! 3 y/o yellow lab
"I'll Be Home Soon!
How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety"
Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
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Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":