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Okay, I have a lot of background information, so bare with me, please.<br><br>
Avery is our almost 2 year old doberman-coohound mix. My husband adopted her from someone he works with who didn't have the means, the know-how or the compassion to be a responsible pet owner. They lived in less-than-favourable conditions and often had couch-surfers and what not. The dog wasn't treated very well, this was evident to us when we went to pick her up, and she cowered, ran to a corner, tucked her tail and peed when my husband tried to leash her.<br><br>
As an interjection, I was very against bringing this dog into our home (at least permanently). She came to us the day after we moved into our home (Our first home, we bought it) and I was 14 weeks pregnant at the time. She was a 6 month old puppy. I didn't have the time or the energy to put forth into training a new puppy. I wasn't against adding an older dog to our family (We already had a 5 year old Lab X), but a puppy was beyond what I was ready to invest my precious energy into.<br><br>
But my husband promised me that he'd deal with it all- cleaning up the pee on the rug, having her vaccinated and spayed, etc. So I digressed. Shouldn't have done that.<br><br>
We've had Avery for just over a year now, and in that span of time she has:<br><br>
-jumped the barriers we set up for her (she is deer-like in body shape) and eaten literally everything that she could get to- she can reach our upper cabinets in the kitchen, open them and help herself to everything on the lower shelf<br><br>
-she has gnawed off a large chunk of baseboard in our front entry way, the bannister going up the stairs and the decorative railings that enclose the loft portion of our bedroom<br><br>
-she has pushed out the fence boards in our backyard and taken herself for a walk down the street and plunked herself down in the middle of a busy intersection and completely HALTING traffic in all four directions.<br><br>
-She ate a rock in January, it blocked her intestines, she completely ruined our carpets upstairs and down with the unbelievable amount of putrid smelling vomit, and then it cost us $3000 to have it removed<br><br>
And last night she ended up at the emergency vet AGAIN, had eaten something that disagreed with her, had a serious case of diarrhea which led to severe rectal bleeding (I know, gross, sorry!). I had her crated while I met a cousin for lunch, got home and our home REEKED of poop, and went upstairs and she had pooped all inside her crate and she was COVERED in it, so I had to manouvre the crate down the stairs with her in it and out the door and hose the both of them down.<br><br><br>
We don't know what to do about this dog. She is a very nice dog, she is SO GOOD with our daughter, she is loving and gentle and for the most part quiet (Though she is a hound and has separation anxiety and when crated alone has been known to howl) and has a very good grasp on basic obedience (sit, come, lie down, walks fabulously on a leash, and believe it or not, knows "leave it"). But it's as if she has a hole in her stomach or some strange obsessive compulsion to eat EVERYTHING. We absolutely have to watch her like a hawk or she has to be in her crate. We cannot even trust her to be unsupervised while we go to the bathroom, or if I have to go upstairs to change my daughter's diaper or put her down for a nap, or else she WILL eat something.<br><br>
We've even tried humane muzzles. She got into the cat food while wearing it, clogged up all the holes with the wet food, and then shook, trying to get it out and got cat food on EVERY surface of our bedroom.<br><br>
We are at wits end with her. We can't afford the seemingly never ending vet bills from all the stuff she eats (Edible and non-edible) and it's only a matter of time before she eats something poisonous and we don't catch it soon enough.<br><br>
What can I do about this dog? This sob story puppy that I didn't want int the first place but that Ic an't bring myself to rehome since all my life I've believed that people who rehome pets are irresponsible pet owners and we aren't! I just don't know what to do anymore...
 

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I don't know a whole lot about training and we haven't had those problems with our dogs, but just wanted to say that my now 11 1/2 year old dog has been difficult since nearly the beginning. lol But she is also the apple of my eye. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It sounds to me like she can live a happy life with your family, though I'm sure at tmes it will be frustrating.<br><br>
I can relate to the vet bills and general exorbitant expenses. Our dogs seem to be always in the wrong place at the wrong time. The summer before I got pregnant with my first child, we were in the mountains in New Hampshire and they caught a porcupine. My little guy was two the last time we pulled a quill out of Ruby! And in between we spent hundreds on the initial de-quilling and had several different episodes of quills coming out badly and in need of serious medical attention. She even had to have a surgery where they took her eye out to get a quill that was pushing out through it. Wah! A couple of summers ago my other dog did $2000 worth of damage to a house we were renting for the summer (trying to make some money by teaching a class in another city so we could pay for infertility, gah!) because he was freaked out by the fire works on fourth of july. Just this week we spent $450 at the vet because Ruby had a hot spot and inexplicably peed in my car on the way to the vet. So most of that bill was to get to the root of the incontinence, but apparently it was just a fluke bc all the tests have come back fine and there's been no more accidents. They also seem to have these episodes only when we're close to the edge anyway. I'm sitting here holding my breath that our water won't be turned off before friday when dh gets paid.<br><br>
Anyway, just wanted to say both that you're not alone, and I know it can really sting to pay those bills AND I bet you'll feel like it's worth it in the end.
 

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It sounds like you have a smart dog with a good amount of energy. How much training and exercise does she get on a daily basis? Also, what does she have in terms of chew toys of different kinds?
 

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She's walked every day. We have a huge off-leash park practically just out our back yard, so we walk nicely on leash to it, run run run for an hour or two depending on the weather and we walk nicely on leash home.<br><br>
She gets a bully stick every day, but she'll level one in 5 minutes.<br><br><br>
I don't understand the compulsion that she has to eat everything. She gets fed twice a day, at regular times, and a high quality food (Orijen). But she AMWAYS thinks she's hungry.
 

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bumping up because today she dug up my vegetable garden and ate everything.<br><br><br>
It was fenced.<br><br><br>
I can't do this anymore.
 

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Wow, that sounds really very difficult!! What about trying something like Rescue Remedy for dogs? Maybe she has an anxiety disorder because of her puppy experiences with the old owner.<br>
If that doesn't help, I would talk to the vet about an actual anti anxiety med trial.<br>
My friend's dog goes nuts even hearing a tiny noise that kind of sounds like thunder and can bite and chew through an amazing variety of things.<br>
The vet gave them different meds to try and they finally found one that really helped.<br>
good luck, it sounds like a very hard situation!
 
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