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Old 06-03-2013, 04:14 PM
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I have a 13 month old Chihuahua / (I'm Guessing Terrier ) Mix (super active)
Along with 12 month old Chihuahua & 15 yr old chihuahua.

I typically crate my dogs when I'm gone.
But when I know I'm going to be away for more than 4 hours I block off certain parts of the house and let the kids roam free.

So whenever I do this I always come home to something shredded.
I am sure it is done out of boredom and it's fun.
Toilet Paper is the least of my worries. (but it is still annoying.)
The carpet has been the most frustrating thing. He will just start digging at one spot and then the looped fibers are coming undone.
Whenever I come home and something is shredded he is the last to greet me.
Which is the opposite if nothing has been shredded.
I have tried to set him up to be caught so that I can correct the behavior.
But it never works. He only does it when I'm gone.

Can anyone help?
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:54 PM
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Well I'm not too much of a dog expert, but maybe you would consider just using a playpen for them? It sounds like they don't really know what to do with all the freedom, so they just throw a party (like teenagers when their parents are away ) You could put the playpen on a hard surface so that they don't scratch the carpet.. Another idea might be to only give them a small area to play in, then gradually make the area bigger once they don't rip up anything in that area. If all else fails though, you could just ask a friend or family member to watch them while you're gone.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:58 PM
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I would suggest to just crate him when you are gone. He is still in the puppy stage where he cannot be trusted. He will likely grow out of it with age but until then he needs to be in a place where he cannot damage anything. As long as the crate is made into a safe and happy place he will be fine in it and will likely just sleep.
We did not start leaving Jaxx out on his own when we left until we knew he would not damage anything when we left.
If he is being destructive when you are gone it is actually safer for him in a crate since he could get choked on something that he destroys or get his paw stuck in the carpet that he is shredding.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:06 PM
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I too would suggest crating when you're gone. Do they hold it when in the crate, or have accidents in the crate?
My 3 mo. old can hold it six-seven hours in the crate, which is a very long time for a pup his age. He only ever has to do that at night while I'm sleeping.

If they have accidents in the crate, maybe you could put a pee-pee pad in there with them? That's what I used at first for overnight and it worked well. I also have a little cat house that George loves to sleep inside of in the kennel with him so he has a defined place to sleep and he never peed in or on that.

All-in-all, I would crate them when you can't supervise them. It sounds like it's really for their own good as well.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:22 PM
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They can hold it in a crate.
I will do that from now on.
I just feel guilty because he has so much energy.
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Thanks for the advice!!
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:08 PM
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A stuffed kong will give him something to chew on, and give him a little exercise too.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:44 PM
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First of all, don't set him up to fail by leaving him alone with his temptations.
Chewing toilet paper is a problem? Close the bathroom door. Chewing the rug?
Roll up and store away the rug while you're away, if it's too large for that then
simply leave the pup in the area that has no rug. Also you want to provide
plenty for them to chew on, you want to get something large and durable,
such as the black kong or the Galileo nylabone, to ensure he can't chew off
any pieces or choke. Most importantly you want to walk your pup very well
every time before leaving him alone. A tired dog is a good dog. Walk him for
a good hour before leaving and he'll most likely sleep while you are away.


Best of luck!
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