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Old 04-21-2006, 12:44 PM   #1
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Ok, so I come home today to my favorite pair of shoes torn up in pieces!!! I have read other treads and I know that this has happened to some of you. I am probably going to sound like a meanie,but I don't find this cute or acceptable. Every single day I have to do through a routine and pretty much put my apartment on lockdown. I have to put gates around all the corners of the walls because they chew them, I have to put the house plants on the counter because they tear them up, I need to make sure I leave nothing of value out etc..... I want to know what some of you have done to correct this behavior. I cant put them in crates because my male yorkie wont stop barking! Our neighbor complained one day when I came home from work saying that he was barking allllll day and wouldnt stop! I wont even buy new furniture, even though I desperately need some, for the fear of coming home to teeth marks all over it! I feel that I should be able to leave something out without it getting ruined!!
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Yep sounds like you have Yorkies. lol Sorry I know how it feels to come home to stuff all chewed up. Mine use to do it all the time, The good news is , They stop once they get older.
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Ok, so I come home today to my favorite pair of shoes torn up in pieces!!! I have read other treads and I know that this has happened to some of you. I am probably going to sound like a meanie,but I don't find this cute or acceptable. Every single day I have to do through a routine and pretty much put my apartment on lockdown. I have to put gates around all the corners of the walls because they chew them, I have to put the house plants on the counter because they tear them up, I need to make sure I leave nothing of value out etc..... I want to know what some of you have done to correct this behavior. I cant put them in crates because my male yorkie wont stop barking! Our neighbor complained one day when I came home from work saying that he was barking allllll day and wouldnt stop! I wont even buy new furniture, even though I desperately need some, for the fear of coming home to teeth marks all over it! I feel that I should be able to leave something out without it getting ruined!!
Really a crate or a xpen would be the best option for their safety and to keep them out of stuff. Is there any way you can confine them to a certain area of the house like the kitchen? As for the barking, you can cover the xpen or put some toys and chews in there for them, but yorkies bark... it's just what they do. good luck
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I know how you feel. I came home one day and my labs had tore up my entire couch. I mean the WHOLE thing! They even pooped all over it. Weird because they had been potty trained for over a year. I can't think of why they did this except they were both puppies. Now that they are older they never do stuff like that. Good luck and sorry I don't have any tips
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How old are your pups? Chachi use to be real destructive with his chewing but as he got closer to a year old he got better. Now he will chew an occasionaltoy left on the floor but he leaves our shoes alone.
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It is just a stage, he is probably teething. But have you tried Bitter Apple? Or if you caught him chewing on something he isn't then remove him from the item and gave him something you want him to chew like stuff toy. If he does play with it reward him, and then after a while maybe he will get used chewing his toys but mommy's shoes.
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I understand that yorkies bark. The thing is that my male yorkie will bark allllll day, he will not stop. I have tried putting them in the kitchen and the same thing happened. I dont think my neighbor would have complained if he only barked for a little while, she told me that it was pretty much non stop all day long. This is why I am so frustrated, I have no clue what to do!
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Ok, so I come home today to my favorite pair of shoes torn up in pieces!!! I have read other treads and I know that this has happened to some of you. I am probably going to sound like a meanie,but I don't find this cute or acceptable. Every single day I have to do through a routine and pretty much put my apartment on lockdown. I have to put gates around all the corners of the walls because they chew them, I have to put the house plants on the counter because they tear them up, I need to make sure I leave nothing of value out etc..... I want to know what some of you have done to correct this behavior. I cant put them in crates because my male yorkie wont stop barking! Our neighbor complained one day when I came home from work saying that he was barking allllll day and wouldnt stop! I wont even buy new furniture, even though I desperately need some, for the fear of coming home to teeth marks all over it! I feel that I should be able to leave something out without it getting ruined!!

You sound exactly like me before I took Wookie to training!!!!!
I was about to rip my hair out.

This is what I do now. Wookie is 100% being monitored. He is teathered to the coffee table when I lounge.. I can see when he needs to go pee/poo the second he even thinks about it.. If im doing something in the kitchen.. he is on a leash in the kitchen... if im walking around, he is attached to me.

This may sound weird.. but it works 200000000% wookie doesnt tear anything up.. he never used to be potty trained.. now it's been two weeks and only one accident!

My trainer told me that dogs act out like that (crazy, and tear stuff up).. because they are stressed and they don't have rules and they dont know what is right and what is wrong.. so they just go crazy. Wookie used to be EXACTLY like you describe.. now, he is sooo loving and respectful. I've had him back 2 weeks from the trainer, and he is mellow and loves to just be around me now matter what im doing.. even though he is on a leash.. and he will slowly earn his privileges.. if I cant watch him, he goes in his crate.. he doesn't whine, because he knows its a good thing... His crate is positive.. he still hears me around and sees me going back and forth.

It's stressful to them when they dont have a routine and dont know exactly what you expect of them.

I hope this helps.

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I have two yorkies and both are 1 year and 4 months old. My female is more destructive than the male. I feel bad leaving her in a crate and not him. I have tried bitter apple but it seemed as if they liked it!! lol
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I appreciate everyones advice! I think I am going to have to get a trainer as well Dena. I think I have tried everything in my power and now it time to put it in the hands of a professional. I just ordered Cesar Milans book and Im hoping that it will help me out some!
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I would confine them in one area when you are out and puppy safe that area-easier than the whole apartment. You can use bitter apple or some other deterant spray for areas you don't want chewed. X-pens are good too. Leave toys like stuffed kongs,bully sticks, treat balls so they have something to do. Have they had a walk before you leave,or a play in the garden? A tired puppy is a good puppy when you are out.Otherwise, you have to get used to putting things up high or away.Shoes left out are an invitation-we had a similar problem with my dd's stiletoes! How old are they? They will get better-but lots they are allowed to chew,rotated so they don't get bored and exercise is the answer to that puppy need to chew,chew,chew!
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Hobbs did the same exact thing when we first started crate training him. We couldn't keep him locked up anywhere with a babygate because he chewed through the babygate and then learned to jump over it!! We settled on crate training because he too was tearing up stuff. To make him stop barking, we put a dark towel over it to make it dark and put the crate in a dark room with the TV on. Also put a recently-worn Tshirt of yours in the crate with him. At least if he does bark, the towel will muffle the sound. You could also try putting the crate in the bathroom with the fan on to muffle the sound. The only thing that is going to keep them from tearing up stuff is if you confine them when you aren't around to watch them. There is no way to cover an x-pen with anything to muffle the sound bc it is just too big. My advice would be a crate. Just make sure that you DO NOT let him out when he does bark bc this will only teach him that barking will get him out of there, then he will never stop barking. Crate training requires a lot of patience, but I believe that it's the only way to control an out-of-control, barking dog like Hobbs. It only took a couple of weeks for Hobbs to learn to love his crate. Now he is very peaceful to live with.
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mine have never chewed anything up - until last month, my brand new 300.00 leather jacket. the worst part - i was sitting on it while on Yorkie Talk and, of course, my little boy was on my lap and i didn't even notice how he was amusing himself.
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I appreciate everyones advice! I think I am going to have to get a trainer as well Dena. I think I have tried everything in my power and now it time to put it in the hands of a professional. I just ordered Cesar Milans book and Im hoping that it will help me out some!

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I think your best bet is some kind of pen, something that gives them the illusion of freedom so they don’t bark and whine. I used a baby playpen while Ginger was small. You can get them used, real cheap at yard sales. Everyone here uses x-pens. I have no experience with them but they sound really cool—better than the playpen, because over time she was able to jump out.

As far as being able to leave stuff out…forget it. That luxury is not one of a puppy owner. Lol
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