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Hello All,

I am new to the forum here and I am looking for help really bad, I have an 8 month old German Shepard/Pitbull/Rottweiler puppy. I have had here since the end of December and things have gone south. Ever since she has starter teething she has been chewing up all her toys that we get her so we switched to bones and she loves that. I have gotten her beds for her crate before only to wake up the next day to them torn up and the stuffing pulled out. I also have put blankets in her crate which she tears up as well. I have since not put anything in her crate and she was started chewing the tray at the bottom. Last night I took the tray out so she had nothing to chew on. Today I arrived home from work to find that she has chewed up a big section of the carpet all the way down to the plywood underneath. I don't know what to do at this point and I really need help fast. I'm not sure if the treat method would work. I was told recently that if I have her in her crate and I'm watching her and she isn't doing anything, i should give her a treat so she thinks "hey if I don't do anything then I will get a treat". Thoughts? Opinions? Again PLEASE HELP.
 

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Firstly, don't panic. Puppies can be monsters and everything you're dealing with is totally normal. It will pass.

I would look into purchasing cheap tiles, like flooring tiles, and putting those under her crate so she can't access the carpet. You were correct to remove the bedding if she just destroys it. Then I would purchase a kong (really 2 Kongs is ideal) and always give her a frozen (stuffed) kong when she is in her crate. Make sure to get the toughest ones available since she is a chewer. Basically, give her options to chew on inside her crate aside from the crate itself or your flooring.

Next, she sounds like she may be understimulated/under-exercised in general. What's your daily routine with her like? At 8 months old she can be going for walks, although not super long. Before you put her in her crate before you leave for work, make sure she has been fed and then walked, and play outside with her. Feeding her first will give her the opportunity to potty while you are walking her/playing with her. If she likes fetch that is perfect, if not look into getting a flirt pole for her. Then come inside and work on trick/obedience training for 10-15 minutes before she has to go into the crate. Mental stimulation can be 10x as tiring as pysical exercise, so don't discount that side of things. This routine in combination with being given a frozen Kong while in the crate should, theoretically, allow her to finish her Kong and then sleep most of the day while you are out.

Leaving a radio playing softly in the background may also provide calming white noise for her while she is crated.

The advice to give her a treat when she is in her crate and being calm is good advice, but will likely not in and of itself cure the problem. However it is a good habit to get into.
 

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Well, you've got a puppy that is a mix of three breeds known for being landsharks in the final "setting" phase of teething, so you have some work to do, for sure. As suggested, no bedding in her crate. A sheet of vinyl flooring under her crate is a good idea. Super durable, safe things to chew on are a must. Things like Kongs (the black ones) stuffed with some kibble and yogurt and then frozen, Benebones, Nylabones, and raw knuckle bones are all good options.

What does her day typically look like? What kind of mental stimulation and physical exercise does she get? The saying "a tired dog is a good dog" exists for a reason. Bored, under stimulated dogs can be destructive. Several training sessions throughout the day will work her brain, which can be more tiring than physical exercise. Puzzle toys (used under supervision) also work the brain. Walks combine physical exercise with mental stimulation.
 

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will only add how are their behaviors around food.. any upsets, do they miss meals, or picky.. sometimes if there is a health issue , digestive issue going on it affects their behavior and it's usually in an extreme direction , that is more then usual antics. A dog that isn't feeling well, especially due to inflammation in the body can act out in expressing it while dealing with the inflamation, then act fine when the body had calmed down, and it becomes a cycle until you identify what is causing the inflammation flare ups.. and the other is thyroid levels... only a full thyroid panel sent out to a lab is the best,, in house vet test are not complete.
 
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