How to stop a klepto dog
October 20, 2013 3:19 PM Subscribe
My dog is a kleptomaniac. Anything left in his reach he will steal and chew on and hide. Paper goods, remote controls, anything. He's a freaking 5 lb Chihuahua but nothing is safe if he can reach it or climb to it.
After 3 years of being terrorized by his ways I'm wondering if there's any training that can make it so we can trust him to have free reign of the house.
posted by arniec to pets & animals (16 answers total)
We have taken our dog to training. He sits, stays, lays down. He follows commands and is very friendly, even sweet. (and yes, he's the overly aggressive puppy I asked about on MeFi a few years ago...most of the bad behavior is gone from him). And if you're around he won't take a thing.
But the moment your back is turned and he knows you aren't watching to issue the dreaded 'leave it' command, he steals anything in sight.
When we see him sniff objects he shouldn't have we say "leave it" and he obeys, but when we aren't on the ready any object he can lift becomes his for the chewing.
What can we do to prevent this behavior? He's a dog that loves toys, he has a box full of "favorites" that are dog toys for him to chew, shake, and play with, and he does so regularly. But he also finds credit cards, batteries, sales receipts, and pens to be equally fun.
We will happily take him to more training, but what can you do to train a dog to NOT be bad when no one is watching?