D'Elle Posted November 5, 2014 Report Share Posted November 5, 2014 From the time I adopted Jester at age 2, he always respected what was mine and what was his. He never chewed anything up, not even his own toys. Didn't chase or annoy the cat. Never messed in the house, never touched the garbage can, never damaged anything. He was 100% reliable left alone in the house for any number of hours. He was a perfect gentleman. Suddenly, three years ago at the age of ten, this changed. He started chewing things up if left in the house. First, just plastic bags, so I made sure there were none he could reach. Then it was something else, and I dealt with that, but when he moved on to strewing the contents of the kitchen garbage can throughout the house I decided that he was no longer going to be reliable and started leaving him outside or in a crate. Last week, when left in a crate, he destroyed the crate and I came home to a house in utter chaos, so in the future he will simply have to be left outside whenever I leave. I don't like this, as he is now 13 and aging, and if it is cold or raining I really hate to leave him to the elements. Fortunately, I live in a climate that never gets all that cold, and in the summer he stays cool in a hollow he dug under the shed - probably cooler than in the house, which I do not often air condition due to the cost. When he changed, there had not been any changes in the household, and I had only the two dogs at that time, Jes and Kit, who had lived together for years at that point. They get along well; there were never any issues between them that I noticed, and my own schedule had not changed either. I never could figure out a precipitating cause for the change in his behavior. Not asking for a solution to the problem, although I am certainly open to ideas if you have one. But wondering if any of you have ever experienced a similar change in a dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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