Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Tania, you have a young dog on your hands that is now entering the adolescent period and all that is happening is that he is totally bored/frustrated and probably lonely as well and is doing the only thing he knows how to help him cope.
Getting another dog at this stage, with the above behaviour will not help - you will end up with two dogs engaging in the behaviour!
this youngster needs to be taken out for daily walks, be left varied chew toys to keep him busy otherwise behaviour will just get worse.
Not punishing him is a good idea, as aggression only leads to aggresseion, plus, in order for a dog to realize that he is being punished for doing something, it has to happen 'in the act and at the precise moment'. Calling him to you and punishing him for something he did earlies will only lead to the dog thinking that he is being punished for coming to you! Please have a look at the article below to tell you how to build a digging pit which will keep him busier and also an article on Kongs and another on Chewing and Toys. Please get this dog out for walks as well, no matter how big your garden is. dogs live by their noses and your dog knows every blade of grass. To keep him confined without external stimulation is like you being locked in the bathroom every day! Links follow, thanks Scotty
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