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>:(
So I though crating was going well. She stopped pooping inside it for the most part, but now she's taking things to  diffrent level.
In her crate she is allowed chew toys to help curb boredum during the night. Well as of this morning she has shimmied her crate away from its usual position and next to a laundry basket. I can only fathon how she did it, but somehow she managed to grasp articles of clothing with her teeth and partialy pull them inside. Then she tore them to shreds. She did this to a pair of my jeans and my daughters new sweater from her grandmother. I'm so upset...I had to walk away and go for a smoke...after I have quit for 5 months! I feel like once she improves on one negitive behavior, she picks up another. Two steps forward...three back!

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Wow that Dallas of yours is a clever one... its always the the smart ones that cause the most trouble! ;D I remember my Soleil would drive me crazy with the stuff she would get into... I would think I puppy proofed the room for her and she would show me how wrong I was. I would leave thinking "good there is no way she can get into anything she is not supposed to now" I would come back and find that she... shred the dish towels.. got on the kitchen table.. got in the sink.. etc. and I still have not figured out how she managed to cause so much trouble in such a short amount of time.    But you can't get frustrated over it.  It does get better... Keep with the crate training...  Learn from your mistakes... I'm sure you will never leave a laundry basket anywhere near the crate again... and remember it does get better, and you will have what you consider set backs but try to keep the different issues isolated, the crate training has helped with her potty training.  Chewing on things she is not supposed to chew on is a completely different issue. 
Soleil will be two this month and even though she is fairly reliable she still on occasion reminds me I can't forget she is a puppy at heart.  Yesterday out of the blue she decided that one of the couch pillows should be taken off the couch, out of the slip cover, moved to the floor, emptied of it stuffing and the stuffing should be used for her bed for a nap. :o  This happened in under ten min.  She has never done anything like it before!  All i could do was laugh.  One of the sacrifices dog owner make, some things will get ruined along the way, whether by accidents or naughtiness.  But having a wonderful and clever dog makes up for any ruined item, in my opinion. 

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Thanks so much for the encouragement. :P

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These problems are likely due to anxiety. I get the feeling that before you had her she was kept outside and away from people.

It might sound odd, thinking a dog is having anxiety issues, but it's fairly common. In nature dogs are always with their pack mates - always. So domestic dogs need to learn that it's ok to be alone in the other room over night, or whenever else. Likewise, it easy for a dog to develop anxiety with being alone (separation anxiety) and react in many interesting ways.

Some of this will improve over time with proper care. She'll start to feel her place in the home and get used to things.

Some ways that will help her overcome these problems are training, exercise, and bonding - all essentially the same things. You should of course be training her regular obedience. Giving her simple well-learned commands like 'sit' and 'down', and giving her praise for doing them will build her confidence. Taking her for walks or playing in the back yard will develop her role as a subordinate member of your pack, since in nature this is something dogs do a lot - walk and run places together.

Training and exercising will help develop a bond which will build trust and confidence. Once she is confident and trusts you, her anxiety will be minimal and these random behaviors should stop. I know it can be frustrating - believe me.

But - if you keep up with training, don't let her see you get upset (pack leaders don't beat their heads against the wall), and remember she's just a dog - she will shape up. And in a few years you'll miss when she was this horrible and confused little girl.

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I get the sense from your post that her crate is in the laundry room. Consider moving her crate into the bedroom where she will be closer to you. Eventually, when things settle down you can leave the door open and she will sleep in there on her own all night. She will also be a comfort to you at night.

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If it makes you feel any better, my girl is an underwear and sock thief... For all intents and purposes, she should have been dead or in surgery at least a dozen times for the number she has digested/regurgitated.  She might have gone after the clothes because she was anxious and they smelled like you.  Back to the comment rgreen4 made about where she's sleeping.  These dogs are just happier the closer they are to you... She might be annoying and keep you up the first couple nights until she gets used to it, but usually it's worth it in the behavior improvements to suffer through the adjustment period :)

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For some reason, my Dobies over the years have all had foot fetishes. I had one that loved to lick my bare toes, and they have all just loved to carry a sock around (and chew on it of course). When I buy socks I buy several pair all the same color, so I can eventually put the odd ones together to make a pair. The only solution is to put them away immediately.