Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Boni, I am afraid your vet is right! The dog is young, bored and frustrated and is also going through the adolescent stage where behaviour tends to get worse - just like a teenager.
Get the little one out for walks, provide him with lots of varied chew toys to keep him busy. Make him a digging pit (link at bottom)
Dogs are very social animals and NEED to be around their human family and if you go the route you talk about above, all that is going to happen is that the behaviour will get worse and this little one will develop more problems.
When we take on a dog we become responsible for it and mental and physical stimulation is a must and part of our responsibility. Just look at it from the point of view that is you left your son alone all day with no physical, emotional stimulation or company - what would happen? No different from what a dog needs. Thks S
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