8 Month Old Male Doberman - Cant leave him hom alone...

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Hello All!

I thought I would inquire as to why my 8 month old Doberman finds it necessary to destroy my house while I’m not home and how I might be able to fix this issue with the help of your knowledge and expericance!

Background: His name is Wilson, he’s a extremely intelligent dog. Training for the most part has been pretty easy when it comes to basic commands, I have even trained him to ring a bell when he has to go outside  ;) I’ve crate trained him since a puppy and just recently decided to start allowing him out while I’m not home (no more than a few hours). He’s still crated during the work week, and let out for 30-45min for lunch. I bring him to the dog park every weekend for hours at a time too.

All that being said, he’s great while I’m home. Doesn’t chew anything, never goes to the bathroom in the house, even when I’m not home... That’s why this is all so shocking!!

The past two times now, while attempting to leave him out he has grown demon horns and I come home to what looks like horror show  :o ! In fact, I thought the first time I saw it my house was robbed!   He has ripped molding off the walls as well and taken down large sections of sheet-rock. He destroyed pillows and blankets, shoes, even chewed through my closest door! He destroyed his leash and some gloves, reducing them to nothing more than small fragments.. The focus seems to be in my bedroom.. Bed sheets, clothing etc…  I didn’t believe it was him at first, being I’ve never seen him behave like that!

Is this just all spite for leaving him behind at home? I guess it doesn’t help that I normally do take him everywhere when I am home…

Now that you know the facts, does anyone have any clue on how I should handle this???  :-\

Thanks so much for reading!!

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I think you're dealing with two things here. The main one is that fact that dogs, especially puppies, get anxious when they're alone and find it soothing to chew on stuff and generally find busy work. The other problem is, an you've notice, is the active mind of this dog. If they don't have something to do they find something. You're story is common and LOL I've heard worse.

At 8 months Wilson is still very much a puppy. And males don't completely mature until around two years, at which time you'll notice a big change. So keeping him crated any time you're not there is still fine, until he matures and learns how to be alone.

I like to imagine how much fun dogs are having when they do things like pull up people's carpet, make new doorways, and strip furniture. We knew a couple who had two Doberman girls who did this. They answer was to keep them outside during the day. So the two girls made their own house outside. Seriously. The owners couldn't find their dogs at first - they had built such a spacious den, along with a nice long trench. This was in a suburb too. LOL

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:) Hi Wilsons mum.
When I am out I generally keep my almost one year old pup in the kitchen with a child proof gate up. :) This was fine when he was younger but as he became aware of his strength and his ability to knock the said gate down, i had to become more cunning and now drag the crate to the entrance so he cant get over it.
I also make sure he has lots of playthings to chew...kongs are great and keep him occupied until i get home. Some treats I only get out of the cupboard when i am away so he really enjoys those special times.
There's only one small hole in the wall...long story 8) and Q was five months old.
Good luck
PS Hey horse! What exactly happens at two? Do they just mellow out? :D

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Hey Q Tip,

I wouldn't say they mellow out. But, for males, around two years all that Doberman-ness starts being a more cooperative type of Doberman-ness. For example, a one-year-old Doberman might act belligerent and be too rough on the overly polite mommy-dogs, while a three-year-old Doberman might go pummel that bad little puppy for you when you say, "Go get the puppy!"  ;)

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:D Gosh i have a lot to look forward to. I think he is coming along nicely but he is still soooo a puppy and tends to bounce everywhere just like tigger from winnie the pooh :)

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My girl will be three in Jan and she still bounces around like Tigger when she is happy... I don't think she will grow out of it.  As far as leaving your boy out... I tried around 8 months without much success.  Eventually we managed to make this work but it took many months and crating and trying all over again.  Be patient it will work and buy everything in doubles till then.  I had a cute little door mat and was very grateful that I bought two because she destroyed the first one... Little sacrifices we make to have the best dogs in the world (I might be biased)  ;D