Why is my dog acting out?

I have a 7 month old yellow lab/Bassett hound mix. I don’t like the idea of kennels so I keep her confined with a baby gate when I’m at work. She did well until recently. She has begun knocking the gate over(she runs at it full speed). She then chews up my rug and urinates everywhere. I’m concerned mainly because this is a new problem. I give her most of my time when I’m home so I don’t think that’s the problem. She also has things to chew on. Help?

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    8 Responses to “Why is my dog acting out?”

    1. eharri3 says:

      By starting with a lower level of confinement due to your irrational aversion to crating, you’ve trained your dog as an escape artist. You’re helping her practice escape behavior and perfect the tactics. You will be amazed, when they get enough practice they can get stuff like this down to a science. She probably figured out exactly where to hit the gate, exactly how fast she needs to be going, at what angle, etc…

      A dog really only has two choices when confined: Accept it and learn to like it, or defeat it. Most dogs who aren’t naturally calm and who haven’t been trained to accept it will test it. If there is give and they can get out even once, it teaches them that they don’t have to accept confinement. EVER. By the time the owner gets over their distaste for crating and finally tries it because the dog escapes everything else, you end up with a noisy, frustrated dog who attempts to break out of the crate or hurts themselves trying because all barriers now automatically put them in ‘escape mode’. Dogs with anxious or destructive tendencies need a crate. They need the crate first, not as the last option in line after lower levels of confinement have failed. Otherwise let them run free and accept the consequences. When the crate comes last, after you’ve put your dog in an escape mind frame and given this barrier frustration time to develop, you need to take extra time (maybe a couple weeks) to introduce it properly. Associate it everything awesome in that dog’s life and get them to the point where they willingly go in on command before you ever actually close the door. And I wouldn’t waste money on the cheap wire thingies they sell at Petsmart. I had a dog make quick work of two of them. You need to go straight to a good aluminum or hard plastic airline crate, something where if the dog tests it for a bit they won’t find any ‘give’ that encourages them to push harder.

      IMHO baby gates are for babies. For dogs they are little more than a challenge. It may work for a little 10 pound poodle with no leaping ability or strength but even then you might be surprised what that little dog accomplishes if they have enough time to think about it and try some different things.

    2. 68whisk says:

      Tire her out before you leave her by herself at home and give her those raw hides that could last her for hours. Btw, kennel training is very good. It makes house training so much easier and also potty training. A dog is more likely not to pee in a small confined space and after a few times, you won’t even need to lock him in the kennel. I trained my 6 month old pup with it and he didn’t like it the first few times, but now I don’t even have to put him in there. When I leave my puppy, he roams around freely in our apartment and doesn’t act out, he automatically goes into his kennel when he’s by himself because he knows he’s supposed to be in there. Kennel training is not cruel if you leave the dog in there for just a minimum of 2 hours. Dogs actually will look at their kennel as their own protected space if you don’t use it to punish it.

    3. Aileen Davalos says:

      you can take her to the vet so they can check them

    4. Andrea says:

      Welllll…it could be a few things. lol if you dont mind answering some questions i could probably help you out.

      1.) How many hours do you work usually?
      2.) Do you walk her regularly during the week?
      3.) Have you changed your life routine lately that she’s not used to?
      4.) How does she act when you are about to leave for work?

      just from the info you put in your question i can infer some things:
      she may be getting bored, restless, or irritated. (hence knocking over the gate and chewing up other things besides her own toys)
      she may have some separation anxiety? its common in a lot of young dogs or puppies. they are used to the owner being there so when you leave she freaks out. (can lead to urinating and/or destructive behavior).
      she feels under stimulated meaning during or throughout the day she gets bored with her surroundings or the toys shes given.

      I actually have a female blue heeler who went through the same thing. Of course australian cattle dogs need lots of stimulation and attention, and i did my best but she continued…
      I would say, depending on your situation or if you can, maybe try and see if theres like a "doggie daycare" in your area. By that i mean, not a kennel, but a place where she can go outside and play and socialize with other dogs. I did that with my puppy, i would take her like 2 times a week while i was at work. i’d pick her up when i got off and i noticed she was much calmer. by getting a lot of her energy out during the day she was much less destructive and seemed happier.
      im not a pro at this but like i said ive been through similar situations so maybe my opinion will help.

    5. Fred Rembert says:

      I have a very, very active dog. She is only 12 months and loves to run, jump, and chew. I purchased a garment called Petnets. I originally got it to keep her shedding hair off the rugs, and my car seats. It is a full body jacket made of mesh net fabric. It is safe, comfortable, and ventilated. When I put it on my dog, it acts like an anxiety blanket. She calms down and chills out. She loves wearing it. I got it from http://www.yourpetsnets.com

    6. crazymess101 says:

      Sometimes when a dog is left alone for a long period of time and very often a dog will act out like that try sitting down with her when you get home from work and play with her and give her extra attention and I would try putting her in a bathroom with a blanket and food and water so she can’t get out or some kind of room that you can shut the door 🙂 good luck

    7. Common Sense says:

      Shes fighting the man? im not sure psycho analysis in dogs is possible

    8. Bonzie12 says:

      she’s bored bored bored and is trying to find things to do. she is also obviously not housebroken yet either hence she is going to the bathroom when she needs to go. Now would be a great time to start crate training your dog. You also need to get her more exercise. this breed is very very active and needs at least two walks a day (from 45 to 60 minutes in length) as well as running and playing with you or possibly other dogs at a dog park for an hour or two. giving her your time, and giving her exercise are two totally different things.

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