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Thank you! Victoria has helped us out a lot too!
I have to disagree with you, Marley knows when he’s done something wrong. Give a dog more credit. I believe they have the capacity to reason just as a human does. Perhaps not as well, but they do. You’re entitled to your opinion and I’m sure your philosophies on dog training have worked for you and your dog. However, our forms of punishment have worked. And, since this post, Marley is out of his seperation anxiety stage. Thanks to some suggestions that people have posted.
I agree Christina!
Marley does know who’s in charge, and has from day one! When we’re home he even looks to us for permission sometimes! I really think he was just lonely, and that was what was causing him to act out so badly. So far the only thing he’s done was chomp down a loaf of bread from the table while we were gone. But, he knew that was a no-no and only did that once now that he has buddies!
Marley doesn’t get a big performance when we leave or return. Everything goes pretty smoothly. When we come home he just prances around like he’s done nothing wrong. After 10 – 15 minutes we take him to whatever he’s torn up, scold him and sometimes he gets a pat on the hiney. (you can say anything you want to about that but I know what works in discipline for my dog) After that’s done, he gets a lot of love and our day finishes as normal. Music/TV hasn’t worked. But thank you for your story!
Actually, a friend was the answer. We’re currently living with my husbands parents. They have a Brittany Spaniel and Marley does AWESOMELY with her. We can leave when-ever without him attacking their bread/food/couch!
Our family is big on outdoor activities. Marley and I go for 3 to 5 mile walks/runs a day. He also gets to play with other dogs now and runs in the yard with our horses. I understand that most people go automatically to thinking “oh they just don’t exercise him enough!” But, that’s not the case here. And, as the weather keeps getting increasingly better, he gets even more outside time. 🙂
Sounds just like Marley!! He eats anything he knows we use or like!
I’ve tried that as well, and he tends to just not look for them. 🙁 I think he might be better if we had a companion for him. He’s really well behaved when left alone with another little buddy. He just gets so bored so easily!
I’ve heard the Kong toys are amazing. We tried a metal crate as well, but I guess the metal was pretty thin cause somehow he bent his way out of it. He’s a strong little guy as well as persistent! If he doesn’t fit somewhere, he tries to squeeze through! We’ve tried rawhide bones and such, but he goes through one of those in fifteen minutes usually. But, I’ll definitely be getting him a Kong now! Thanks!