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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 AM
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I'm starting to feel like all the training I put into Thor has somehow undone itself, in spite of what I believe to be is consistency.

Recently he's started having accidents in the bathroom, trying to eat/chew anything in site/grasp, and even starting to nip when I try to take things away that he shouldn't have.

I'll admit he hasn't been getting his usual walks because its gotten a bit colder out, like below zero, but we have been playing a lot of indoor fetch.

I don't know why he's had this sudden destructive behavior, in spite of getting him a plethora of new toys less than a month ago because I thought he was having some separation anxiety.

I'm at a total loss and now sure what to do next...I'm worried he's going to get into something he shouldn't and end up sick, or worse

Any suggestions, or retraining tips would be warmly welcomed. Im starting to feel defeated....
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:23 AM
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Is he neutered?
Have you had him checked for UTI?
Have you recently changed his food?
Have you or someone in your household
been under a lot of stress lately?
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:33 AM
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Ditto what LS said, but also how old is he? Pups often go through an adolescent stage where they test their boundaries, much like a child going through the terrible twos. It is frustrating but normal.
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The same thing happens with Edie sometimes. She's only 14 weeks, but some days it feels like she's forgotten everything she was doing so well at only yesterday. It can be frustrating, but so long as you're consistent (and there's nothing medically wrong), everything should sort itself out.

Just keep doing everything you were doing before - I know sometimes it can be tempting to think "he knows not to do this, so if he does it one more time I'll punish him", but that's sending out mixed messages.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:33 AM
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He is neutered, and just got a clean bill of health from the vet and his food hasn't changed. As for stress, yes I'm under a lot of it with school and work and a puppy who doesn't listen. Thor is 16 months old. And I'm at a point where even when I try to discipline him aka make him stay/lay down in a certain place he just decides to run...and can he ever run! So short of sticking him in his crate, I don't know what to do.
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:16 PM
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Our dogs are incredibly in-tune with our feelings/emotions.
He could be feeding off your stress. I would find an outlet
for him, so he could release some energy, anxiety and stress.
You mentioned your walks are now shorter, can you try to
take him out more frequently with a coat on? Is there any
activity you can think of that'll tire him out on daily basis
over than walks and play? Do you have friends with dogs
he can play with?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:33 PM
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Some of the 'mental' games they have out are wonderful for bored doggies. "Mind games" and "my dog can do it" are several. My roommate got them at CVS drug store. About $14.99. There is a much more expensive wood one. Can you teach him to 'find' stuff that you have hidden? What about Bully sticks for chewing? Just a few things for you to think about!
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I went out today, Thor in tow, and bought him a ton of chews, bully sticks and such as well as the only 'mentally stimulating' toy I could find for his size. Its a little "tree" with squirrels that he has to try and get out of it. I'm sure that he will end up tearing the squirrels to bits in no time flat, but luckily they sell replacements!! Thanks for your help as always, here's hoping as my stress declines after next weeks exams, so will his.
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