My dog is pissing me off. Help!!!?

I have a year old lab/greyhound mix that has an enormously large backyard, lots of soft and hard chew toys and 3 friends to play with (one dog, two cats). He won’t stop chewing my blankets, garden decor and other things. He also won’t stop digging. And it’s not that it’s hot or that there are animals we need to worry about. It is totally pissing me off and I have no idea how to stop it. I have tried putting him on a lead and he just digs holes around him bc he’s pissed off. We have tried giving him the run of the backyard with a warm place to go to sleep in. We have tried many things. HELP!!!
I have tried keeping him in the house but then he chews on blankets, gets in the trash.

I would love to take him to obedience training except that he know how to sit, walk on a leash, and all the fun tricks they learn at training.

What kind of punishment is acceptable?
I appreciate the feedback. To those whom think I shouldn’t own dogs…. I absolutely love my dogs however I feel a little overwhelmed and that is why I have asked for suggestions. Nicole I don’t appreciate your comments as I love my dog and I spend as much time with him as I do my toddler. He is very well taken care of it is just when I am at work that these things happen. Then I come home having to clean up after his mess or repair blankets because he got bored during the day.

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13 Responses to “My dog is pissing me off. Help!!!?”

  1. draco.dominia Says:

    Stay-Out (spray that you can buy at petstores)
    Obedience Classes
    Bitter Apple
    Bitter-Yuck

    There are many ways to stop a dog who is digging and bitting on things he’s not suppoed to

  2. kittenslayer Says:

    have you tried keeping him in the house, or taking him out to an obedience or agility class? What about taking him on long runs to burn off some of his energy and frustration?

  3. Schatzi Says:

    Regardless of the size of yard, number of friends, types of toys, he is probably bored. Do stuff with him. Take him to obedience classes, go on walks and runs, play with him.
    If everyone is as pissed off as you describe, I can’t imagine that staying home is much fun!

    Edit:
    So, many people are suggesting additional exercise and training. You seem to be opposed to that. You were given the same answers when you asked the question before. What exactly do you want people to tell you, then? And, you cannot punish the dog for something he did hours before you got home, so, the answer is no punishment is acceptable.

  4. NiCoLe i love my Chi cena! Says:

    If you get mad or "pissed off" at an animal for behaviors YOU should have trained him not to do, then you dont need him. Givr him to some 1 to take care of him that will love him and not get "pissed off" at him!

  5. puppylove Says:

    bring your dogs in at night and keep an eye on them while they are in the yard to go potty then bring them back in the house. don’t have a dog if you are gonna put it outside all the time. wait you go outside the dogs come inside.

    please answer my question http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgcDTTTyG5l5roAfbmByolXsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071211174128AAk2ceT

  6. TKS Says:

    He needs to exercise and burn off some energy. A large yard and playmates aren’t enough, especially for a young active dog. Can you take him to the park or for a walk? Obedience class or agility are great suggestions too. He is digging and chewing out of boredom/frustration. Unfortunately he just needs more activity than your other pets.

  7. lovemydogs Says:

    Labs are good dogs but unfortunitely these are all lab traits. With the proper training this can be fixed.

  8. Jiminy Says:

    Greyhounds were born to run, labs were born to work. You need to challenge this dog. Putting him in the large backyard will not burn the energy the way he needs to. He’s bored and that’s what is causing him to chew and dig. It’s not only his body that needs exercise, but his mind needs it too. Obedience training will help not only him, but it will help you get ideas of different things you can do with him. I know it can be frustrating. Just be calm, try not to get angry with him. It’s really not his fault, it’s in his blood. Something you can do, for example, is try hiding toys behind trees or other places and have him find them. Then praise him lots and lots when he does find them. Have fun!

  9. BC1980 Says:

    I was told once by a vet, and I checked with several other vets to verify the best way to get a dog to stop digging. I have a lab/beagle mix, and she tore up my yard. The reason why I asked several vets is because I thought it sounded cruel, but here you go. Fill one of the holes with water. Take the dog to the hole, and put their nose in the water. Here’s the tricky part. Keep enough of their snout out of the water that they can still breathe through their mouth, but make sure that it is far enough in to cause some discomfort. You should only do this for a few seconds. The dog will learn that it’s not good to dig holes, and will relate their experience with the water to the action of digging a hole. I only had to do this twice with my pup, and NEVER had another problem. She’s 5 years old now, and the most well behaved dog I’ve ever seen (Just to ease your fears that the dog’s not going to be well adjusted). Labs & Greyhounds both are known for digging, so this is a common problem. If you’re not sure, or if you don’t get any advise that helps, check with your vet, or call a local vet, they are likely to help you if you ask nicely for advice over the phone. Good luck!

  10. monicat79 Says:

    Dogs can’t just live behind walls and fences. They need to get out and experience new sights and scents. They need to burn off mental and physical energy. He is experiencing the same things every day and is mentally bored and destructive. If you walked him for an hour every day, I guarantee you his problems will begin to go away after a week.

    Help him to experience the world the way he was designed to and your troubles will be history.

  11. LaHoma K Says:

    Although it appears that he has started this by engaging in the destructive behavior, Cesar Milan would probably say that the two of you are caught up in a viscious cycle of him pissing you off, you projecting negative energy onto him b/c you’re upset, which causes him to be even more unstable.

    When he does something that is unacceptable, perhaps you should do something to distract him and let him know you are the boss at the same time. Maybe do that thing Cesar does w/ your hand spread out…..you say shhhttt (like shushing someone) and put your spread out hand on his neck so he feels like he is being bitten on the neck. Dominant pack memebers do this to subordinates. OR…you can try it on the leash and just go shhhttt and give him a quick jeck to take his attention away from the holes, etc.

    Do you take him for walks? Take him for walks and make sure he stays behind you or at your side – even as you go out the fromt door for the walk. This is very important for dogs and if you’re not walking him outside the fenced yard, then maybe he’s just bored and frustrated.

    Ummm, watch some Cesar videos on youtube or on National Geographic channel on fridays at 8pm. :)))

  12. qatskrtch Says:

    both these breeds are high energy and you happen to have two in one.
    try running the dog with playing fetch, jogging, long walks or you could go as far as constructing a rabbit pull. i don’t know the correct name. it’s where you construct rope, pulleys and engines of some sort, tie a flag to the rope and the dog chases the flag. you could also set up an agility course as you have so much room.
    if the dog is left alone in the yard it will find it’s own energy releasing things to do.
    if you don’t want him to dig then go outside with him for a while and when you see him start to dig then correct him. tell him no firmly and redirect what he’s doing by giving him a toy.
    it takes a while. if your looking for a quick fix I’m afraid you won’t find one. if you can’t do the training yourself and can’t deal with the dogs behavior then maybe you should look into finding it a different owner who can.
    I’m not criticizing, just stating the obvious. if you want a more relaxed dog try something like a basset hound.
    good luck.

  13. suzie s Says:

    Well that is quite a mix.. just about as opposite as you can get.
    Labs: very active, loyal, easy to train, thick coat, confident, tough
    Greys:lazy, stubborn, thin coat, can be shy, fragile
    Both are loving and eager to please, make great family pets, adore their owners, etc…

    You don’t punish Unless you catch him in the act, you can’t correct him. If you do catch him, a firm no and if you need more, a squirt with a water bottle are acceptable discipline.

    Remember that he is just being a dog and not trying to be bad.

    My first thought would be he needs more exercise/time/stimulation. If you are meeting those needs, consider separation anxiety. If sep anx is the case, read up on the techniques that are recommended. Both labs and greys do well with crate training.. just do it correctly, and never as a punishment.

    Oh and to the answer who said greys are an active breed.. the only thing my greys do between short occasional sprints is actively hold down their beds! 🙂

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