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what do I do about my lab/pointer mix?

I'm actually asking this for my mom. She has a 1 1/2 year old female lab/pointer mix that keeps on scratching the walls up...pulling up the carpet...chewing around doors (through drywall!)... and refuses to be crated. She's 85 lbs. and they just can't get her in what so ever. She is housebroken when they're home, but not when they're gone. She thinks the dog may have seperation anxiety, but not sure how to handle it. When my mom and her husband are home, she's a perfect dog. Her husband wants to get rid of the dog, but my mom say's "no way!". They both have full time jobs... what can they do to help the dog learn not to do these things anymore?

Asked By: caviness - 3/10/2010
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Answered By: cycnos - 3/13/2010
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I don't know an immediate answer unless you have the money to hire a dog whisperer but I suggest you start watching that show or get the dvd's out of the library he teachs people how to put a stop to these problems see if you can find his website he might have a Q & A section.
Answered By: goodvibes - 3/10/2010
 
Can you tell us how much exercise this dog gets on a daily basis... More
Answered By: Annabelle - 3/10/2010
 
the 2 problems are that this dog is still a puppy and the breeds are very high energy.i have a close friend that has a chocolate lab w/ the same problem. she finally had to take the dog to the vet and have it medicated for anxiety disorder. that helped alot. Do you or your husband walk the dog alot? I think that would... More
Answered By: preemption - 3/11/2010
 
it might make it a little easier, but shouldn't be absolutely necessary. When you say "coax" it makes me wonder if the encouragement was too overwhelming for this dog. If she tends to be anxious, make the training very low-key. The door to the crate should always remain open during the initial training. Ideally... More
Answered By: Bee - 3/12/2010
 
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