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Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Schnoodle, if you follow the article advise on toilet training and are consistent with it, i have never known it not to work, the key to success is consistancy, as if you only do it on occassion all that will happen is that the behaviour will be reinforced.
With regard to the dogs only destroying things when you are out, this sounds like the beginning of seperation anxiety - which is somewhere you dont want to go! Without having a full background on the dogs it is impossible to determine is it is seperation anxiety, but one of the main signs is that the dog only becomes destructive when you are out. chances are it is only the one dog and the other dog is mimicing the behaviour.
If this is seperation anxiety you will definately need to get in a behaviourist to help you, it is not something that can be sorted out in a forum as it is very involved.
Smacking and shouting is not going to help at all, it will only reinforce the behaviour. Please contact via my CV information and i can then ask you some relevant questions and help you to get this sorted out.
For the time being, keep some really special chew toys such as the femur of an ox or a large sized chew toy liberally laced with a bit of peanut butter and some biltong stuck in the cracks and leave the dogs in a safe place outside when you do go out. What is very important is that the dogs only get these special chewies when you are out - the second you come home take them away. Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks Scotty
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