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Help! We have a Thief!!

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 12:59 PM
I hope someone can give me some advise on what to do with a year old Norwegian Elkhound that just steals whatever he can reach.
He won't do it when you are right with him but if you are not in a room he hauls everything from loaves of bread, margarine containers, coats, boots, hair brushes, telephone books whatever he can grab on to and takes it outside thru the dog door.
When you do catch him the act he knows he is bad..he will drop it and run.
Soon we won't have much left for him to take out..we have no mitts, hats, brushes.
Has anyone ever had this problem or can anyone offer some advise....

luckypenny
December 11th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Ahh, Ava is our food-and-whatever-is-on-the-counter/table thief. Lucky is our dirty laundry thief :rolleyes:.

The only suggestion I have is to simply put everything out of reach :o. Can you limit his access to the whole house if you're unable to keep an eye on him? I'd rotate his toys as well so he doesn't quickly become bored of them and put them away right before he loses interest.

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 01:21 PM
It is kind of impossible to limit his access..pretty much an open concept..I keep the bedrooms off limits during the day now..toys..what toys they are pieces of cloth in the yard..he chews them up even the ones that say they are "sturdy". If they aren't in our yard the little terrier from next door comes thru the fence and steals them for his yard! Oh and did I mention this dog loves underwear!!! I have figured out I have to put the dirty laundry basket on a shelf to keep him out of the underwear!

luckypenny
December 11th, 2008, 01:32 PM
I bought one of those vintage laundry hampers at a 2nd hand shop that has a heavy lid so that Lucky couldn't get into it. You can also try a wooden toy box. Have you tried giving him a large raw bone to chew on? That ought to keep his mouth busy for a while. Or a frozen stuffed Kong (the black ones if he's a power chewer)? You can actually feed him all his meals out of it.

And then there's exercise. Chances are that if he's getting enough, he'll be happily dozing :cloud9: rather than looking for trouble to amuse himself with :evil:.

Love4himies
December 11th, 2008, 01:36 PM
I hope someone can give me some advise on what to do with a year old Norwegian Elkhound that just steals whatever he can reach.
He won't do it when you are right with him but if you are not in a room he hauls everything from loaves of bread, margarine containers, coats, boots, hair brushes, telephone books whatever he can grab on to and takes it outside thru the dog door.
When you do catch him the act he knows he is bad..he will drop it and run.
Soon we won't have much left for him to take out..we have no mitts, hats, brushes.
Has anyone ever had this problem or can anyone offer some advise....

Post some pics first, then we will give advice :mwaha: :D

Seriously, don't have any doggie experience, just wanted to say hi and ask for pics.

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Exercise isn't what he needs...they have 4 acres and they run all day..we have the invisible fence and with the other dogs they are in and out all day..just when he comes in he gets something and is gone with it! Bones are a problem because then they fight over whoever doesn't eat their's first but I do give them lots of raw bones...Kongs are another story...I have bought so many of them..and who knows where they are...I start him off in the house and then he takes off outside with them too. I have a large dog run that has access to a heated barn and I think he might be getting aquainted with it soon!

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 01:40 PM
I have never posted a picture...not real good with computers but I will try!

clm
December 11th, 2008, 01:54 PM
Our dogs will steal what they can reach as well, they're especially fond of gloves and DH's hats. :laughing: We keep everything that might interest them out of reach. Have been doing that as long as we've had dogs, so it's second nature. Remotes, absolutely anything edible, kleenex, laundry, litter boxes. You get used to it, although once in a while you slip up and they run off with a good leather glove on you and the chase is on. :laughing:

Cindy

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 02:06 PM
This is the first dog that has ever done this..nothing is sacred..he steals the toilet paper, klennex, and yes my remote got it last week! Ok so I guess just getting used to putting things up but oh so frustrating when you work from home...you look up a phone # go to look after something come back and your phone book is gone!
So glad to hear it isn't only Gunnar that does this...thought I had some kind of whack dog on my hands....and he isn't even mine..it is my son's dog that he brings to work with him and goes home without most nights.

mona_b
December 11th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Has he always been this way?.Was he ever taught the "leave it" command?

Since you work at home,maybe cut down the freedom he has..You can tether him to you for a while. This way he won't wander and get into things..;)

You can also set him up....Have him on a leash,put a few things on the ground and see if he goes for them..If he does,give him the "leave it" command..He leaves it,praise him.

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 03:13 PM
I'm not sre you could tether this guy...he is as strong as a bull...it would be a fight...and yes if you tell him to leave it he will...like when you catch him he will leave it down.
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SIL
December 11th, 2008, 03:16 PM
Shirley...I don't have any advice for you but just wanted to say that your doggies look beautiful...so furry and cuddly:lovestruck:

hazelrunpack
December 11th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Oh, beautiful dogs, Shirley!

A year old, this thief? Brier just turned two and is exactly the same way. However, he recently moved on from his 'paper phase' (toilet paper, paper towels, newspaper, Puffs) and has moved to more solid stuff (sticks, plastic items, outdoor ice chunks). This is sort of a normal phase and we're hoping he grows out of it! It's getting better, so there's hope for Gunnar, too! :thumbs up

At least he doesn't chew the furniture (or does he? :eek:)!

Working on 'leave it' is an excellent idea, and 'drop'. Good luck. Maybe he and Brier can join Kleptomaniacs Anonymous together. :dog:

Love4himies
December 11th, 2008, 05:29 PM
You have 3 dogs? :cloud9: I thought you only had one. They are beautiful :lovestruck: :cloud9:

shirley1011
December 11th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Yes we have already started today with the leave it...and he did chew furniture..think we are past that one...just moveable items now!
And we have 4 dogs...but only 3 Elkhounds..one is a rescue we did last year..Jack a black shepherd/collie who has been an angel since the day we got him45250

hazelrunpack
December 11th, 2008, 06:19 PM
Aw, he looks like such a sweetie!! :lovestruck:

Tundra_Queen
December 11th, 2008, 07:39 PM
Hi

Is there a way u could muzzle him until he learns not to steal?

Debbie

mona_b
December 11th, 2008, 08:16 PM
What a handsome boy he is...;)

The only thing I think would help is the tethering...When you say you can't tether him,I take it he's a puller?

How are his commands?.Is he good with a "sit/stay" or "down/stay"

He really does need to be closer to you so he can be watched.

Some dogs outgrow things,some don't..:shrug:

Some how you need to set him up. He needs to be caught in the act to be corrected.:)

As for the muzzle, there really is no need for one in this situarion...It's more about the training...:)

free
December 11th, 2008, 08:35 PM
we have a 5 yr old airedale who still steals things when he's in the mood. the only good thing is that he can't go outside with the stuff. if food is not far enough back on the counter he has taken it but shoes are his favorite they all land in the dining room.

Diamondsmum
December 11th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Aww WTG Shirley in posting the pics :)

They are beauties for sure:thumbs up