Our expert says:
Jammer my Afrikaans is nie so goed nie. This is quite common behaviour for a puppy of 7 months and, as your vet says, regular daily walks on a long loose lead and training classes would be a good idea. The reason for digging and destructiveness is usually boredom at this age and he needs more stimulation. Apart from walks you must allow him into the house as much as possible and give him a view of the street. He must also have lots of chewy toys to play with like cowhooves, rawhide, ostrich sinews, bones , etc. When you go out give him some special toys like a Cong (rubber cone toy) which is stuffed with biltong/peanut butter/dog chunks etc. or an open Coke bottle with pellets inside, which can fall out when he plays with it. Take the special toys away when you get back home. Ignore any damages completely and clean up when he's not looking. Don't punish him for it, but rather teach him what he should be doing and praise him for doing the right things. It is not easy for a dog to spend all day alone every day as dogs are social pack animals and need company and stimulation. You may have to make a plan to get him company - a person, dog or cat.
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