Khan in now 6 months and has become very distructive over the last several weeks. He was able to stay out of the crate while we were at work and he would not touch a thing nor have an accident in the house. Now I come home from work and half of my christmas ornaments are broken and ruined in the backyard as well as most of my blu-ray/ dvd collection. For now he is having to stay in the crate while we are not able to keep an eye on him, even when I simply walk upstairs to cook, I will leave him out and in an hour he will destroy as much as he can.
IDEA IDEAS HELP?
he has tons of toys and bones all over.....
I have always preached, "you can't fix, what you can't see
"...and the first ~2-4 months of puppy ownership is the most critical period, for establishing a well mannered dog more, that clearly understands all house rules and the owners overall expectations.
My previous dobe and now my current puppy were both supervised 24/7 while someone was home...the crate was used only when we went to work, but when someone is around, the young dobe is always close by...and learning much, through the humans giving of time.
If I go to the restroom, the pup comes with me and its voice taught to leave the garage can alone.
When I am in the shower for 10 minutes, the pup now waits...lying on a comforter in the hallway...and at 16 weeks old now...is trained to rest and not chew the soft blanket bed, till I get out of the shower.
When the wife is cooking, their is a thick mat for the pup to play with toys on, under the kitchen sink.
More soft blankets on the floor, beside the computer station...we always know where our pup is, and she is constantly watched to stay out of trouble.
When we sleep, the pup is between us (on the master bed) and for the first 10 minutes Dad rests his hand on the puppy and control her chewing to leave the blankets alone and she soon falls asleep. ^^^^
All of which, show many puppy improvements weekly (here).
My last dobe was an angel in the house at only 4.5 months young unsupervised with full access to absolutely everything.
- no crate or baby gates in the home needed
My new puppy could be ready by 6 months old (goal) or slightly longer, only time will tell.
- but the house manners start with much supervision very early on, and every new day is a fun bonding and learning experience ^^^^
I even buy into the theory, that doberteens can be avoided...if much structure & attention is afforded, in the early days/weeks/months.
Maybe a bit extreme, for some...but proven results, can speak for themselves !!