Ever since the move you've changed... asshole
July 30, 2012 7:53 PM Subscribe
Why is our dog suddenly being an asshole?
posted by nakedmolerats to pets & animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a 2.5 year old shepherd mix. We did crate training with her, and used to put her in the crate whenever we were gone. After about a year, we started letting her have free range in the apartment while we were gone, for increasing amounts of time. She was always good about this and occasionally got into food if we left it out, but NEVER chewed up or destroyed anything (OK, she did one time when we very first took her home). We were able to comfortably leave her alone for an 8-hour day. She does enjoy mouthing and carrying around objects while we're home, but mostly as an attention-getter, not to destroy them.
We moved about a month ago, a significant distance away. She hasn't shown any (other?) anxious behaviors about being in a new place. She doesn't seem anxious when we leave. But several times now, she has started to chew up and destroy stuff while we're gone - plastic and paper bags, our new shower curtain (asshole), a shoe, and today a CD (seriously, what the hell) and two books, totally destroyed. Some of the things are food-related but most are not, which is a new development.
So I guess we have to go back to crating, but I don't understand why she's backslid so much when she never used to be destructive and we used to be able to leave her out the whole day. Is she acting out moving stress? Why does she seem totally happy otherwise?
-She gets pretty regular walks and dog park trips, the same as what she got at our old place, and she wasn't destructive then. So I don't think it's primarily boredom or under-exercising.
- Today my partner got back from being gone for a few days. Dog was thrilled to see her, we were home for a few hours, we went to get some food and the dog destroyed all that stuff in the half hour we were gone.
-At first we thought it was because we had lots of packing materials and tempting things laying around, but we've cleaned up a bit and she seems to go out of her way to find stuff (took the shoe out of the closet, took the CD and books off the nightstand - not just stuff lying on the floor already).
-we still have most of our old furniture and she has her same dog bed and toys, so she seems to get that that is our place now, I thought.
Is this moving-related? Or is it not-uncommon for a dog who previously seemed not to need crating anymore to backslide? Or for a dog to develop destructive behaviors seemingly out of nowhere?