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AaronandAnnePeebles
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PostSubject: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:10 pm

Our husky has gotten REALLY good on his potty training.. But now has an even worse problem with chewing.. He has torn up..

My computer changer.
My husbands game controller (he needs this for his job!).
Our entire couch.
He is always pulling everything out of the trash and tearing it up and leaving it all over the apartment.
A marionette puppet my grandmother gave me when I was a baby. (She is dead now.)
My husband left some food in the car and he chewed up 5 POUNDS of cheese. None if it was salvageable!
Several pairs of glasses cases.
My husbands glasses.
My entire contact lens starter kit from the eye Dr's.
The ferret food, he rips up the bag and then eats the food.
Same with the rat food.
He has torn up pill bottles that thank GOD he didn't get open before we caught him!
Stuffed animals that are very sentimental.
Cooking utensils.
Cups.
Full loaves of bread.
SO many rolls of TP he climbs to get in the bath room.
DVDS.
Clothes.
Phone chargers.
Blankets. (Expensive comforters we were given as gifts)!
Shoes.

That is just off the top of my head! It is getting to be VERY expensive! We need help, QUICK!! Any advice would be amazing! I am sick and the stress is getting me no better..
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:12 pm

How old is he? How often does he go on walks? How often does he play in the yard? How often do you do training with him?
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:15 pm

Sounds like you've got a typical husky alright. To add on to Eric's questions, is he getting into these things when you're home watching him, or when you're gone? If it's when you're gone you should look into crate training him so that he can't get into things when you're not home. If it's when you're home, I'd suggest keeping a leash on him (tethering him to you) so he's always nearby and keep a better eye on him. If he/she is young, get some treat games and puzzles to give them some mental stimulation to keep them occupied. If he/she is older, then more walks / doggy play days may be in order. Sounds like a bored husky to me, hopefully some of this helps Smile


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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:16 pm

He is about 6 1/2 months. He goes to the park a lot and we are ALWAYS working on training! He is just SOOOOO hard headed! He doesnt chew up anything when we are home.. Just when we leave.
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:19 pm

What is is alot for the park? Like how many times a week? Do you take him for controlled walks around the block at all? Also he is just a puppy. You can maybe just leave him in one puppy proofed room when your gone or in his crate. Does he have any chew toys like antlers or bully stix?
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:19 pm

Then you should definitely look into crate training. He is a teenage husky left in a house and will quickly be bored and get into mischief when he realizes mom and dad aren't home. How long are you gone during the day? I work 5-8 hour shifts and my female was crated since she was 6 months old during these shifts.

I also noticed a couple items were personal. Just always remembers huskies don't know which items are and aren't important to you and they don't chew things out of spite, its simply because its a yummy item that mom or dad left out Smile If you can't crate him when you're gone, at least try putting some items way out of reach as well, we had to redecorate my place to accommodate for Yuki so she couldn't reach things that were valuable to us. But I still strongly suggest crating him.

Also when I leave I rotate between elk antlers, bully sticks, frozen peanut butter kongs, and chew toys for when I'm gone. All of mine are crated but I leave these things with them so they at least are a bit entertained while I'm gone, and I also leave the TV on for them Smile
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:28 pm

I strongly recommend crating him as well as it sounds like he is free to roam for the time being. This will limit his ability to reach your things and detroy them. You can make the crate a positive experience (see our crate training threads) using positive reinforcement and treats. Like Megan, we left things for them to chew on in their crates, like kongs or chew toys. It kept them occupied. It will be hard at first, but very very worth it when you arent replacing expensive items or losing things with strong sentimental value.

At 6.5 months he can get between 30-40 minutes of walking per day. I recommend you do this every day, though I know training works them very hard, physical exercise is always a major factor. A tired husky is a good husky.

Good Luck!
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:30 pm

My first thought was how is he getting to these things?
I am a huge advocate of young dogs not having run of the house (crate or husky-proof room preferred) and always keeping things out of reach.
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:31 pm

Well a lot of the problem is he climbs.. Nothing is "out of his reach." He has a TON of toys. We take him whenever the weather is nice. He goes on walks almost every day to every other day. He isn't alone or anything. But he has gotten our other dog back to chewing.. Only other rooms we have are a closet and the bathroom. And he has torn up the bathroom before too which is now off limits because we have boric acid down. So it stays closed. I think crate training will be the best option. Just worried because he WHINES. And that is when my land lord blows up my phone for me to come home. Ive noticed if you don't pay him attention when he whines he realizes that will not get him what he wants. Me coming home when he whines rewards him and punishes me. He doesn't do it long though. I will have to get my crate back from my parents house. We used to have one for Germany's use. She loved it.. Just got to see if she will let Thor have it! Lol(: thanks everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:46 pm

@AaronandAnnePeebles wrote:
He is about 6 1/2 months. He goes to the park a lot and we are ALWAYS working on training! He is just SOOOOO hard headed! He doesnt chew up anything when we are home.. Just when we leave.

Crate! Its a must to keep him outta trouble. He'll scream bloody murder for a while, but be strong! Read the crate training sticky and stick to your guns. Even when she was 10, I never would have trusted my old husky home alone. Shoot, I didn't trust her in another room when I was home...
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:53 pm

Also, for the landlord, maybe just warn him and your neighbors that you are training and to be patient for a couple of weeks while he gets used to it. I'm sure if you explain that you are training him so that he can't be destructive, the landlord will be a bit more understanding. Also if you proactively warn your neighbors, then tell your landlord you've spoken to the neighbors, he/she will probably be more understanding. Also some things can help, if I don't put a fan or two on Dizzy and cover the crate he cries and howls. You could experiment while you home and see if you can find a magic combination that keeps your pup quiet. I'm honestly amazed sometimes at the things he can get into, he is way more creative than I am. He was secretly chewing the rubber bottom off of a rug and I didn't notice for about a week because he'd flip it up, chew it and flip it back down. In like TEN minutes!
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:16 pm

I would also say try walking him everyday. Good or bad weather. I take koda sometimes for 2-3 walks a day but for sure one. Only 30 mintues each walk though he is pretty much the same age as your pup.
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:58 am

Definitely crate him while you're gone - it will be well worth it in the long run. From your list, I'm gathering about at least $1000 in damage if not more. That is plenty of money to buy a crate and chews for a whole year while he is being occupied in his crate. While he is not chewing stuff up, he is also protected from harming himself with electricity or any other sharp objects he can inhale!

Talk to the landlord and neighbors. If you're too shy to talk to your neighbors (like me), post a sign on your door that says "PUPPY IN TRAINING" or something like that.

You have to be strong while he whines in the crate. You can't let him win once, or he'll think it's okay.

Juneau was crated every day from 9-12 and 1-5 until she was about 11 months (and sometimes the boyfriend would be home and she'd have free roam).
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PostSubject: Re: We need major help!!   Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:25 am

He sounds bored tbh. Also him being young doesn't help, he will push and try to find almost anything and everything he can do to keep himself entertained. I'd suggest increasing your walk time and training time and really push to burn him out not only physically but mentally. Also a crate is going to be your best friend till you get passed this period and curb his chewing habits. good luck
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