Tuxedodog Posted August 7, 2008 Report Share Posted August 7, 2008 Buster is almost 10 years old, and aside from a few normal puppy indescretions that occured under the age of 2, he has been almost the perfect dog. About 2 years ago, his lifelong doggy friend went on to doggy heaven, and my husband and I are left with a changeling. He has become hard of listening, and destructive. He is loose in the garage during the day, he spends most of the time in his crate with the door open, I think it is too small a space to close him in. When we are home, he is out in the yard. Well, lately we have been coming home to the doors and door jambs chewed and clawed. The wild card in all of this is that my In-Laws are visiting, they have a trailer parked next door, so they aren't always in the house. My father in law made mention of Buster raising a fuss, and he had to tell him to be quiet, so we are wondering what is going on. We have dropped multiple suggestions that Buster can be out in the yard during the day if someone is home, but the subject gets changed. I would hate to keep him crated if he is responding to something that is happening in the house. As it stands now, we will have to replace both doors and the trim, but I would prefer that he not claw his way into the house. He went through a phase of just trashing the garage, he tore the curtains into shreds and made a general mess, but I convinced my husband that it must have been a squirrel that was getting in, since it was a 4 day binge of destruction before the in-laws arrived. As for the hard of listening, when off leash, he used to come and sit when called, now it isn't a sure thing, so we are ultra careful. Any advice short of sending my in-laws back to Florida? Bye the way, Buster was husband's dog when I married him, so at least I don't hear "your dog....." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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