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Patience, patience patience that's all that I have to say. We left today for lunch around 2 hours. When we returned Lilly decided she wanted to learn how to use the GPS that was wrapped underneath the tree for Robert. Thank goodness she only chewed the box, of course not leaving the instructions. Robert is livid I don't blame him at this point I should not be having this issue anymore. I really don't want to crate her but I am running out of options. She suffers terribly from separation anxiety. If I leave her outside she digs to the ends of the earth, if I cover the doggie door and leave her in the enclosed pool area she chews the plants. I can only imagine her running around with all of her goodies growling and having such a blast until we get home. She knows she is bad but she can't help herself. Any of you that read my last blog the "wrath of Lilly"  it's a crap meet to see what she had done when we return. Robert is running out of patience, he accepts the 2 of them (Lilly and Maggie, Maggie the Jack Russel mix 6 years old she is out of this type of behavior) because of me and knew we were a package, I guess really my only answer is to crate her. I don't work, so I am really not gone that long and when I am not for more than a couple of hours. So here I go online trying to find an even larger crate than I already have, the million dollar dog for sure!!!    

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Comment by Janet Vreeland on December 25, 2013 at 3:42pm

Thanks all for all of your comments and input. I have just been leaving her in the back with her huge yard to run and the pool area with her pillow and a roof over in case it rains. Thank goodness we live in a warm climate. She digs but I would rather have the digging than the house destroyed. I am sure by 3 years old she will be out of this, she is already better at 2 but I will hold my cool and love her anyway.  

Comment by Janet Vreeland on December 25, 2013 at 3:38pm

So here we go, Robert opens his bag now that used to be a box for the GPS. I thought I had all of the pieces when I re-wrapped it, oops not so, the suction cup mount is gone. I looked in her favorite hiding place under the tree in the back yard, nope, so now we have to buy another one, so he can use it. He has such patience with them ( he is not a dog lover) because I love my dogs and he loves me!!! Merry Xmas doodle lovers!!!    

Comment by Mandy Potter on December 24, 2013 at 3:52pm
I could never leave gifts under the tree as Cookie would get into them. She will even pull the decorations off the tree. Needles to say when I leave the house I always so cookie proof it. Even thing she may be tempted to get put it in the room or away so she doesn't get it. My doodle cookie is super big and tall so she eye level with almost everything. :)
Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on December 23, 2013 at 1:56pm

What a sweet Granddaughter you have, Kathy... That's a very cute story.

As for all the other destructive behaviours of other Doodles in the Family, sorry to hear about all the episodes. I think Pedro was crated when we were away until he was about a year old, after that he had run of the house and he still managed to destroy a couple of things (including baseboards that had already been replaced) but he is so much calmer now. It will get better, whether it's caused by anxiety or boredom, but patience and consistency I think are really key. 

Hang in there! Loving paws to everyone!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on December 23, 2013 at 7:55am

I think children understand more than we realize. I'm sure she loves Spencer and would forgive anything he did. How sweet.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on December 22, 2013 at 11:32pm
What a kind heart Aimee has! That is really a pretty mature response for a 5 year old...I'm impressed!!
Glad everything worked out. :)
Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on December 22, 2013 at 11:24pm
Whew! So Spencer has escaped unscathed! I showed Aimee her lovely card that Spencer mutilated with all the pieces taped back together and told her that Spencer did it. She looked the card all over, front and back and didn't say anything at all. So I quietly said "Are you upset about your card?" She said "you are really good at puzzles and taping, Grandma, and Spencer is still a baby, but I think he might be on Santa's list to get a warning this year." (She got a warning note from Santa last year). It's probably good they are so cute!
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on December 22, 2013 at 9:58pm

We put Pemon in his crate still.  Just don't think we will be able to trust him, even though he is almost 4 years old.  But a funny think happened the other day.  I was out having lunch with my friend and Mark had to go out so he told Pemon to go into his crate, which he does all by himself and guess what!  Mark forgot to lock the gate.  When he got back home Pemon was still in his crate where he left him.  They are super smart!

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on December 22, 2013 at 1:15pm

I agree with you about the exercise. They are much better when they are tired. Sadly, our snow has all melted and it has rained steadily for the last 3 days. Nothing but a sea of mud everywhere. They were just groomed yesterday, all white and fluffy with almost clean beards - no win situation here I think. LOL

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on December 22, 2013 at 11:37am

oh gee, it's one thing when they are destructive with your own stuff. There isn't anything wrong with using a crate. I know it is difficult to work this in, but if you can get her some good hard exercise before putting into a crate or safe room, it might calm her down. I had an over active, destructive husky that I took to a hill nearby and threw a ball so she would run up & down the hill. This wore her out at least for a couple hours. At age 3 she finally calmed down and quit being destructive.

Good luck with Lily and I hope the rest of your holidays go much better.

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