I have three dogs. Two of them are little angles and never do anything bad. The third is a dog that I adopted 2 months ago as a six month old puppy. He was named Bear and I liked the name so it stuck.
Bear loves me and I love him. He also loves to spend time with me and I do him. He is constantly with me when I am home and he is an adorable sweet lovable well behaved pup. The problem with Bear is when I am not home he turns into Mr. Hyde.
When we are together Bear treats me well and I do the same for him. We do everything together since I have no choice he is always there. When I leave Mr. Hyde likes to rip up everything in view.
I once left Bear in the house with my other dogs for half and hour. When I came home after just a half hour Mr. Hyde pulled down everything from the counters and tables and spread them out on the floor. The plants did not stand a chance and nether did my soil covered carpets. I was mad and thought I could handle it. “Bear” I said “don’t do that”. He looked like he was paying attention so I left it at that.
Next time I left Bear was left in the house with the other dogs and it was a repeat performance with Mr. Hyde removing all items on counters and tables. My plants were in recovery after the last attack and this time they died. I put Mr. Hyde outside for awhile so he could think about what he did.
One day I had to leave again and Mr. Hyde showed up a third time. I finally got smart and put him in a kennel every time I left. I hated to do it but it was the only way to save my house and the other dogs who had to suffer through the Mr. Hyde tirades from Bear.
Bear does not like his kennel yet he follows food into it every time without a fuss Then I lock him in without as much as a push from behind. Bear gives me a sad look as I leave and then barks until I get back home. I never leave Bear in the kennel for more then 4 hours and I feel guilty each and every hour.
I think eventually Bear and I will work this out. It will take us some time.
Before you adopt a dog find out what the dogs quirks are. Every dog has them and decide if those quirks are something you can handle. You are not doing yourself or the dog a favor if you adopt a dog you can not handle.
Compared to some problem dogs Bear is a mild case of problems. Some dogs have tempers and bad behavior that can not be controlled. Find out what problems a dog has before taking the dog home and do what you can to help the dog overcome the problems.