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Joined: 12/31/1969
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We just got a 4 yr old Boston Terrier that was caged and not fixed,the owner negelected to tell us why his wife didn't want the dog in the house,well I think we found out why.Torn holes in chair cushions,couch cushions,tore up the mop,tore bedspread,sexually attacks the cushions,HELP.Will having the dog fixed cure him of the biting the cushions and rambunchious behavior,don't want to spend a lot of money on him and still have the wild behavior.

Joined: 12/31/1969
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Having any dog spayed or neutered seems to help with some behavior problems. As for the tearing up things, keep plenty of rawhide chews and toys down for him to play with. Any bad behavior you see--immediately say "no" and give him a rawhide or toy in the place of whatever bad behavior he was doing. It is very time consuming but can be stopped with consistance. I am 60 yrs. old and have given all my dogs through the years rawhide chews with never a problem with any of them. Rawhide is natural for them and they love it. I also rescue dogs.

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Your little dog needs training, exercise and appropriate things to chew on such as bullies and pig ears. No rawhide as it can be dangerous. People do not realize chewing is a life long habit for all canine's in the wild, yet pet owners don't supply their pet with something appropriate to chew on every day of that pet's life. Just like you enjoy listening to music or watching TV to relax, a dog likes to chew to relax. It's great exercise for their gum and tooth health. Do not give your dog bones of any kind, no matter what anyone tells you. Small pieces can break off and get lodged in the intestines. Been there, done that and cost me $800 to fix my poor dog's stomach.

You should be keeping your newly acquired dog crated until he knows all the rules of the house and is properly trained. Google crate training online. Also google Ceasar Millan of National Geographic channel. He's the best in the business. Under no circumstances should this dog be allowed to sleep in your bed. The message then is he is your equal and he will not be trained if he continues to think you're his equal.

I speak from experience and the key is to treat a dog like a dog. Treating him or expecting him to act human is not fair to him and you'll just make yourself crazy.

Petsmart trainers at my store are a joke. I wouldn't bring any animal to the one in my area. All she does is giggle and give out bad advice. Find a real dog trainer through your local shelter, groomer or vet. Good luck.

Joined: 12/31/1969
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Petsmart training is great. Bitter apple is wonderful to use, also make sure you have 10-15 toys at all times. They should be rotated out about every 2 hours only 3-5 toys down at a time.

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With a dog as old as four, even if you have him neutered he has already made doing such acts a habit.
Does he do this even when you're home, or do these behaviors only happen when you're gone?