This is going to be long FYI. About 3 years ago a puppy bully breed dog was born. After about 4 weeks this puppy was taken from his mother, and sold to a lady. This lady had no idea what she was doing, and had no time for the dog. She cuddled him and then locked him in a crate once he was no longer cute. This young pup spent 24 hours a day locked in a metal crate without bedding in a garage even in the harsh northern winters. If the dog messed himself, he would have to lay in it until the lady came home from the bar, if she came home at all. After a year or so, lady could not keep the dog any longer, and put him on Craigslist. No one wanted the dog, he was a bully breed and not cute anymore. He was at that awkward teen stage. I knew the history of the dog, unfortunately the owner and knew that if he didn't find a home (or even if he did) he would end up in a shelter, and put down. He is not aggressive, just a handful. So I took him in. I was afraid a new owner would not get the whole story, and just deem him a bad dog and dispose of him. I didn't want to see that happen.
I am home all the time, have a small farm and a warm home for him to sleep. I cook him food, and make sure he is taken care of, but he is driving me nuts. I need help. It took two years, but we finally got him house trained and crate trained. He is needy, very needy. Has to be touching me, laying his head on me all the time. He loves to destroy just about everything. His bedding will be destroyed if I do not watch him ever so closely. Nothing works to correct his behavior. Shaking a can full of pennies, screaming, calmly reprimanding, time out, shock collar, ignoring... NOTHING. The only thing that slightly works is a rolled up newspaper, but then he just jumps away from the paper and keeps being naughty. At times I swear he gives me this look like "ha ha you can't get me".
Sometimes it is really funny, but most of the time it is not. I have worked with young children as well as special needs children, and I mean no disrespect but sometimes he acts like he is special needs. He is smart, and knows when he has done something wrong, but just doesn't care. He is not aggressive, but rather sweet. He is just very naughty and I don't know how to correct that. I have had many dogs, but none like him. He is a little more mellow when we can play fetch outside, but it is 11 degrees here and about 2 feet of snow. No one wants to be out there playing fetch. Does anyone have any suggestions? I love him, but he is a challenge and am just wondering if there is anything that would help us all out.