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help with bernese mountain dog?

HI! my parents have a 6mo old bernese mountain dog, and we are having a lot of issues. They bought the dog the same day i moved back in with my now 16 month old daughter. hes destroyed probably over a dozen pairs of shoes, and countless toys of hers. he has quite an affinity for my panties, which last week gave him a bowel obstruction.. so $4000 in emergency surgery later we are trying to figure out what to do. he went to obedience class and did well, although we are having trouble with him p****g in the house still. he will literally go outside and p*e and come in the house and p*e again. i mean it looks like a bucket of water spilled on the floor, and we closely restrict his fluid intake because of this. he eats anything he can get his mouth around, and yes he is crated when we aren't home and at night. any help would be appreciated, its just impossible to watch him 24/7 and the baby, and we have 2 other dogs. we are on the verge of feeling like we have to give him away- but theres nowhere to live that he can't eat stuff. we live in the cleveland area if that helps. oh and he's not neutered yet, the vet didn't seem too interested in it, would that help calm down some of the chewing?? first- the baby isn't left alone with him, just her things are accssible to him, theres nowhere he can't reach. he is taken for an 1- 1.5 hour walk every night... he has been tested for hormonal imbalances, diabetes, and x-rays to see if his bladder was in the wrong place... so its not a physical issue making him p*e as far as we can tell. he has kong toys and hard rubber ball with holes that a pig ear is in.

Asked By: gabismommy - 8/17/2008
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Bernies, as well as most other large breed dogs, are working dogs. It is in their genes to have a job and work hard. Unfortunately, most of us have these dogs as pets, not working dogs to haul hay and people and other crazy things. That being said, there is some wisdom in the idea of giving your Berner a job... More
Answered By: ReddyLee - 8/17/2008
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This boy needs to be worked physically and mentally! Get him into obedience classes and work with him each day out of classes. He needs to be walked every day. A bored dog is a destructive dog!
Answered By: Vet Tech - 8/17/2008
 
Vet tech is right - this dog needs a lot more mental and physical stimulation. Proper obedience classes (not the kind you get at PetSmart or wherever) will help, but you must also work with him at home. As for the neutering, I can't understand why your vet wouldn't be interested in that ... get him neutered asap... More
Answered By: allycmw - 8/17/2008
 
You need to get him some strong hard rubber toys. Please do not let him stay in the same room as the baby unattended. Here a baby was left for just a few minutes in his swing and in the same room was a 7 month old black lab pup and the pup killed the baby and it had to be put to sleep. You might use a squart bottle... More
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Answered By: goodgal_not - 8/17/2008
 
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