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Ok, I don't leave Cooper alone as much as I should so I know it's my fault that he did this...but I am dissapointed.

Yesterday I left Cooper alone in the spare bedroom of our house with the cat to play with. He was only alone for a few hours (we have done this before and it's been messy when I return, but never anything like this). When I got home and went to open up the door, it was stuck shut. Turns out little stinky devil (those weren't the exact words used yesterday :shock: ) had ripped up all the carpet in the room in front of the door so I couldn't even open the door. I finally sqeezed myself in and checked out the damage. :shock: :shock: :shock: He ripped up all the carpet and the underlay was all chewed up and it looks really bad. The worst thing about it is, we are renting the house. So now we will have to pay to recarpet that room.

When my bf got home to check out the damage he said "Well Cooper, you just ruined your chances of ever getting a brother!" Which makes me really sad because he stays alone at the house with my friends dog and doesn't make a mess at all. I almost had my bf convinced for another dog too. GRRRR COOPER!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:
 

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Laughing here in Texas...

Sorry about the laughter, but "I've been there, done that" with a terrier mixture pup. His razor claws ripped up the carpet and padding right down to the concrete slab. It wasn't funny at the time. I still can't see how something so small could do so much damage so quickly... and still look so innocent!
 

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I know - how does something so cute, cuddly and small do something so bad!! lol.

Here is a question: I usually take Cooper to work with me. But last night I had a thought, would it hurt him to be left alone at home in a kennel (it's not a small kennel) for about 4 hours about 3 times a week? Does anyone think this is a good idea to get him more used to staying alone - or would this just stress him out to the max? He has a severe case of separation anxiety...obviously! :roll:
 

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Looking at Cooper in your siggy, it's hard to believe he could misbehave LOL
Our terri-poo did the same thing at our front door, she really has separation anxiety, that's when I started putting her in the bathroom with her bed, toys, food and water etc......I put a baby gate across the door and both Bella and Nabi are quite happy to spend their time in there when I am at work. Bella has never chewed anything up but she would urinate all over the rugs if left out alone !
 

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you have to tell your boyfriend that the chances he does something like that again when he has a brother......are much smaller. now he is bored .....
i hope cooper gets a brother ;-)

kisses nat

ps too bad you don't took some pics :wink:
 

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You SHOULD leave them in their kennel when you aren't there - at least until you can trust them to wander your house without peeing, pooping, getting into things, etc.

4 hours a day isn't bad..
 

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I gate mine in the kitchen, accidents happen no matter how well the dog is behaved, why worry!! Gosh I hope things smooth over. Lots of places to get a remnant to replace the other rug.
 

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Ya, we'll fix it somehow. It's not that big of a deal I guess, just some extra expenses that weren't really needed! And I couldn't imagine having a big dog what kind of damage they could do if Cooper could do this! I'm not mad at Cooper - just thought I'd clear that up incase I sounded really mad lol. (I'm more mad at bf for saying NO MORE DOGS :wink: )
 

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Mr. Peepers did the same darn thing to my bedroom! He was locked in there by accident and I'm guessing he tried to find a way out. :roll: He also tore up a couple of my couch cushions and THAT was the last straw! :lol:

I too lock mine in the kitchen when I leave or cannot fully watch them. I have gates at both of the openings. I leave them in there with their toys, water, chewies, crate and anything else that they like. :wink:
 

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crate him, it woun't be for very long and this way you know he won't be able to do any damage to the house or himself. when i had my pit bull he ripped up the carpet from the bottom of the steps all the way to the top, chewed the door frame and knocked a table down the steps and put a hole in the wall.... oh and i was only gone for 3 hours and all that damage was done in those 3 hours..... my tasha bird probably would have been destructive due to her major stress anxiety and seperation anxiety but she also had a compulsive obsession to point at my sugar glider, she would occupy herself all day just by staring into his cage. he was sleeping inside his pouch but tasha would jsut stare and stare..... i kinda think cooper will be much better with a brother.... i hope your bf changes his mind a little.... maybe next vet appointment see what the vet thinks and if he thinks that it would be beneficial for cooper than have him talk to your bf.... good luck...

when i can find the pick of tasha staring at the cage i'll post it, maybe you can use it as evidense lol
 

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luvmypuppet - WOW :shock: your pit bull did a lot of damage in 3 hours!!! I wish my bf would understand that Cooper would be so much calmer with a brother. We leave him alone with his dog friend (Poodle/shitzu Cross) and he is fine. The most he does is pee. But when he's alone by himself (or even with the cat) he rips up anything he can find. I guess until I can convince my bf to get another, I'll start crating him a little 3 days a week to get him used to being alone. I would love to see a picture of your Tasha pointing at your sugar glider.
btw, My bf wants a german short hair eventually (He is a hunter and loves that kind of dog).

Kari - Mr. Peepers looks too cute to be a destroyer!! Did Mr. Peepers destroy the couch cushions before or after you got Buster? Did he calm down a bit after you got Buster? (I thought I read somewhere that Mr. Peepers was your first chi - I might be wrong?)
 

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It is amazing how much damage these little guys can do - they are so little!

Jasmine has done her share too - a couple of months ago, my grand-daughter spent the night with me. When she went to bed, she shut the bedroom door. Well, sometime during the night, Jasmine decided she wanted in, and proceeded to literally try to eat the door down at the bottom. They are hollow core doors, and she actually made a hole through to the center in one area. :lol: I was surprised that she didn't rip up the carpet as there is a seam right at the door. And we slept right through it all. LOL

I had a mini schnauzer a few years ago that destroyed my living room carpet, pad and all, so I can sympathize.
 

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My friend who has 4 Chi`s has recommended i get a 'puppy playpen' for when i need to put my puppy somewhere safe and for her to sleep in at night. As she is in one at the breeders now she will be used to it already. :)
 

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Crating wont harm him i use them to set boundaries when i first get my chi's. now that they are all older and socialised well together they remain in the kitchen. Although expect alot of yapping when you crate him it will pass he may even begin to think of his crate as his safe haven. Sturgis was difficult he loves his crate now as his bed i say bed time and he goes right in
 
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