Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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A couple of things...first, "showing" him the thing he destroyed after it happened and scolding him does no good. You can't correct a dog long after he actually did the behavior you're "correcting" - that kind of delayed correction only confuses your dog. A correction is only helpful if you can do it the instant the dog is doing the behavior (as in - if you caught him ACTUALLY chewing the cushion - the second he was doing it). Dogs cannot make the connection that they are being scolded for the thing you are showing them. Don't be fooled if they "look guilty" - they are simply responding to your body language, your tone of voice, and your anger at them. All you're doing is teaching him that sometimes you come home angry.
It might be separation anxiety, or, it might be that he's simply not ready to be home unsupervised. It's definitely true that many people haven't been taking steps during the pandemic to leave their dogs home alone - taking walks without them, taking a drive, etc.
It's not too late to crate train. I would go back to treating him like a puppy. Introduce a crate or "puppy safe" area and train him to happily be in that area. Make it a fun, safe, happy place for him. Feed him meals in there. Put him in there during the day when you're home with a good chew. Encourage him to nap in there. Start taking small trips out of the house (maybe 5-10 minutes) with him in there so he gets used to you leaving and coming back. Don't make a big deal out of it - simply put him in, and when you come back, don't make a big deal out of it then, either. Just come in and let him out. If it's separation anxiety, you don't want leaving or coming home to be a production. You would want to basically ignore him when you come home a bit, so it's not a big, gushy, "OH, I can't believe I left you!" thing. Just yep, I was gone, no biggie."
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT L1V L1E L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG DOG TKN WAC
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