The thieving dog strikes again

United States
December 28, 2008 3:05pm CST
I don't know why shilo is a clepto. She has her own toys. She has bones and chewy treats. Yet she feels compelled to steal and destroy. She stole the advent doll off the door and destroyed it while we were gone yesterday. I was livid!!!! Now she is going for the quilts hanging on the wall. She is also eyeing my brand new cell phone holder with the brand new cell phone in it. She has stolen lots of yarn and crochet projects that I have managed to get back before she destroyed them. She is horrible about this. Like I have said she has her own things and lots of them. She does this bad behavior thing when she wants to go out a lot but not only then. We have to watch her like a hawk and she acts up A LOT if I leave the room. Just once I would like to go to the bathroom without all hec* breaking out. Anyone else have a high need dog like this lol? She will be one year old next month.
8 responses
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
29 Dec 08
It seems that Shilo has behaviour problems. She seems that she wants more time with you and thus she is protesting by behaving irreponsible. I would consider putting her in a dog cage while you are away so you would stop her destructive behaviour. What breed is she? © 2008 Ronaldinu
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• United States
29 Dec 08
She is an Akita. She will be in the cage when we leave from now on. We aren't gone very oftn but when we do go it can be for several hours. I am getting ready to go back to work though as tax season begins soon. my daughter is also looking for a job so I need to get Shilo's behavior controlled before then or mom will not be able to handle her alone. We are getting a trainer collar for her so that we can modify some of her behavioral issues.
• India
29 Dec 08
Oh Wow!! That's terrible! My Tina is the same; she is almost always confined now, except when I am around to supervise her. I give her enough exercises, but darned if I let her romp around the garden unsupervised. She will destroy everything. This sure sounds like hyperactivity to me. Is she getting enough exercises? A big dog like that might need loads of exercises. You must simply wear her out with exercises. A tired dog is always a well-behaved dog. I also read somewhere that hyperactivity can be cured by medication. Talk to your vet or a dog trainer about it, and see what they see. If your dog is hyperactive, she will continue wrecking the house unless you do something about it. She might also be suffering from separation anxiety. So, when you are not around, she would act them. In this case, you need to take help from dog experts. Wish you loads of luck with your big four-footed darling. :) Cheers and happy Mylotting
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• United States
29 Dec 08
I hate to even think about putting her on more medication she is already on a lifete regiment of Proin50 for her urinary incontinance (she is only 11 months old we discovered the problem when she was 4 months old we did get a full refund on her from the breader because of the lifelong meds she will have to be on). She is slightly hyper and needs nice long walks to keep her calm but with the rushing around for the Holidays we have been negletful of that. The backyard runs are not enough for her she needs long walks up and down the streets. So today she starts back on her walks.
@vampgal (26)
• United States
2 Jan 09
My dog Hank used to do that when he was really young. Now he just barks a lot and wants to be treated like a king.
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@rusty2rusty (6768)
• Defiance, Ohio
2 Jan 09
Sounds like she knows how to get your attention. Even if it is bad attention. Just like a kid when they want attention, they will go about getting it. Even if it is bad attention. The hard part is breaking them of the habit once they get the bad habit. My dogs don't take anything. But one thinsk he has to in between my husband and me at all times. Even in our bed. He will whine if he doesn't get his way. I take him and put him on the floor every time and tell him thats my spot. As I don't play. I have even went as far as putting him out of our room. As he is suppose to me my sons dog. Lol.
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• United States
31 Dec 08
It sounds like separation anxiety to me. I find out if I do not walk my dog everyday or almost everyday she acts up more. What I have learned is they need to use their muscles and get their exercise. I also need to get my exercise. I wish we had a doggy park near so I can let her run and throw the ball. Have you thought about taking her to a doggy park and letting her run some energy out? I also let Daisy may go into the bathroom with me if I do not she tries to scratch down the door. She sits with her feet at the side of the tub and watches me shower. Silly girl.
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
29 Dec 08
I forgot to say, try to exercise her a lot. It depends on her age. Go for long walks. Try not to be away for long hours. Try to arrange with a neighbour to take her out if you are away for long hours. this might settle her anxiety.
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
29 Dec 08
Hi sweet~I'm sorry to hear that shilo is being such a bad girl! She seems to be trying to get your attention for some reason. I don't think that she is puposely doing it to be bad. I have had cats that did things like that and I couldn't ever figure out why except to get more of my attention and that's what the vet said. There was no other logical explanation. She still is a baby. Even at one year she is still considered a baby so I'm not sure that will be the end of her mischeivous behavior. I wish I knew what to tell you. I'm sure she loves you and doesn't mean to make you angry. All I can say is try giving her a bit more attention and see if that helps?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Jan 09
Sounds to me as if Shilo is bored! Would it possible to make her an outdoor run so she could work off some of her excess energy before she destroys your house completely? The worst act of destruction my partner's dogs ever committed was when he left them in his van and they ate his steering wheel! It still has chunks missing.