Hell demonic biting doberman!

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Hi, well I've got a 8month old doberman, and well I love him and such but sometimes he wont listen to me and when I go to work I come back and find each time something terribly bitten..

He kind of destroyed my bed, my dad's bed and just today the leather couch we had and were sleeping in due to our beds being totally destroyed by him..

My dad is thinking of taking him away, to another family but I don't want to cause I love him, I buy him enough toys to bite but he keeps going at the same stuff and making it worse.. Is there any way to kind of stop that behavior? I know he's a pup but there's a limit into destroying furniture ^^ 

 

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Kennel the dog while he cannot be supervised at all times.  And give him plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.  Remember a tired dog is a happy dog!

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Have you tried crate training? Bellas only 4 months old and she would chew everything if I ever left her alone. They will chew & destroy anything in their path.. well at least mine will if left alone. The crate has done wonders for us. Anytime we are not with her to correct her bad behavior - such as chewing furniture - clothes - or whatever. We always place her in the crate. She stays there until we are home with her.

When we are with her, and she chews furniture or items that are off limits so to speak we tell her NO in our serious tone, and hand her a chew toy. I have drapes that were custom made all through our house. So for me this was a big NO-NO. I was so worried about the drapes and she doesn't even seem to care for them. If hes doing this in front of you & your dad I would suggest you correct him, and be consistant. She will continue to test you. More than likely he is doing this when your not paying attention to him or not at home and by the time you find him or see it, at this point it will be to late to punish him because he might not understand why he is in trouble. What I have learned from this forum was to always correct them during the act - and let them know it's not ok. If you do it afterwards well.. your little man may not understand why hes in trouble. 

Like I said if your leaving him at home alone - I would highly suggest leaving him in a crate or a bathroom... but still in the bathroom your toilet, shower, walls, and so on will not be safe.. ha Bella has had her eye on a loofa scrubber thing we have in our shower for the past few weeks, if we ever leave the shower door open.. it's a matter of minutes and she has it in her mouth. They are intelligent dogs. Bellas spends her mornings in the bathroom as I get dressed for the day. She has watched me leave the shower door open, and not attempt to go in. But later during the day, if we are eating dinner or she is supposed to be playing with her toys she would sneak off and first place she headed to was the shower. She remembered I left the door open she was just calculating the right timing to get that loofa she has been eyeballing.

I also found some interesting things in her play / sleeping area. She has an area beside our bed at night that she sleeps on her pad ( we use a baby gate to block her in)  she has all her toys in this area, and her crate is open to her to use if she wants. But I was cleaning it up the other day, and to my suprise the little princess has been hiding her golden treasures. She had a stash of random items hid between the nightstand/ wicker basket. All her other toys she openly plays with are out so we can see.. it was when we were not looking what she really played with. She had hidden a flip-flop, small empty lotion bottle, sock, a destroyed roll of toilet tissue, and a small attachment to the vacume. My My they are smart dogs!

Just be consistant.. and one things for sure.. there are no demons in your beds or sofa! He has already got them out :O) 

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I understand your dad's frustration, having your home destroyed by a dog is not easy to handle.  However, it's not your puppy's fault that he is mouthing his environment.  Toys or not, this is often a sign of a dog who needs guidance!

First thing -- get a crate.  When you are not home, put the puppy in the crate.  You can research proper crate training techniques online.  Your dog should never be crated for more than 8 hours without a break, as an ideal. 

Also, what are you doing with your puppy when you are home?  You can be constructive and teach your puppy manners and boundaries.  Giving your puppy a job around the house makes them more focused.  Find something you want to teach your puppy and work on it.  It can be basic obedience, or more advanced tricks.  You can find many many MANY free resources online.  I have found youtube to be a great source for finding something fun to teach my dogs and they break the behaviors down for you for free.

Be respectful to your father and tell him that you are researching ways to manage your dog, he will most likely respect the hard work you are willing to put in.  Giving away a dog because it is acting out from not being properly trained or handled is not a fair thing to the dog.  If you don't think you can give the time and dedication that your puppy - and dog - will need for then next 10 years you might want to consider finding him or her a proper home now rather than when he's 2 or 3, is totally uncontrollable, and not likely to find a forever home.

Think about your dog's best interest.  Look into training and research and get on top of this now.  You can do it.  This is a great place to find guidance but ultimately reading a forum and doing the work is up to you.  Best of luck.

very well put Jes.

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Thank you Jess.. You always make so much sense..

Rhonda~~ vacuum cleaner attachment???

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Thank you Jess.. You always make so much sense..

Rhonda~~ vacuum cleaner attachment???

Makes you wonder what the attachment to the attachment was.

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Thank you Jess.. You always make so much sense..

Rhonda~~ vacuum cleaner ???

Makes you wonder what the attachment to the attachment was.

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Jes YOU ROCK!!!