GunMom wrote:Munkos wrote:My beagle did this as a result of separation anxiety and boredom. We exercised her a lot, but not in the right way for her (nose work, finding things, etc) We had to treat her like a pup for about two years, crated every single waking moment that we didn't have our eyes on her and only her. She'd eat the carpet, swallow things whole, she's thrown up plastic and made herself bleed doing so. She got impacted and needed enemas and x-rays and laxatives from swallowing grass clippings.
She's good now, but it was a matter of teaching a strong 'leave it' having many appropriate things for her to chew/eat (kongs, nylabones) etc, to help keep her busy and sloooooowly giving her more freedom out of the crate and unsupervised. She's been uncrated since she was 2.5 but only in the last year and a half has she had freedom of the whole house....if given the chance there are some things she will still eat whole so we have to keep them away.
It was purely behavioral for us, and took a lot of time (and frustration and mistakes on our part!)
She trained us good though - our puppies are NOTHING like she was, and I can't figure out if it's because they're just not that way, or if we have the house so proofed that they're not able to!
Yeahyeah, Eris is the first dog I've ever had or met that has had this problem.
We tethered her to our belt loops for awhile, but she's seemed to calm down. The difficult part, is when we're sitting on the couch and she's napping, she'll randomly decide to wake up and counter surf in the kitchen until I hear her. I wanted to buy one of those door-way blockers, but our kitchen entry-way is so awkwardly shaped. Would you know of any that have adjustable sizes?
We JUST started a nose work class with her this wednesday. I'm excited.
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This pet gate will fit most situations. But, PB's are good jumpers and climbers - my female pup, Mina, has been able to climb and jump our baby gate since she was about 4 months old, and our old guy could jump gates and climb no problem
You can line your counter top with cans, attached to one another with strings, and fill them with rocks or pennies - they'll come crashing down when she puts her paws up on the counter, then like alyssa said, consequences with or without humans present. Tape up the openings though, you don't want her thinking she hit the jackpot when they come crashing down and spill out.
I'd also start training her to stay out of the kitchen all together if that's possible.
Bells would be a good idea - Coda taught herself to slink so that her tags on her collars didn't make any noise and walks slow enough that her nails didn't click on the lino. It's quite the sight to see, bells probably would've been more difficult for her to silence.
You could also attach a long line to her in the house, something light - when she lays down for a nap, hook it up so you can still sit across the room and feel it if she moves, or whatever you need. Obviously not practical all of the time, though.
Good luck, I really do understand how frustrating and scary it can be. It literally happens in seconds and we had many many close calls while we were trying to get this figured out. We had to be really, really vigilante about watching and crating her.