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My 9m old great dane has recently started to pee in the basement when we leave for the day. He is gated down there with water and room to roam. He has stayed in small areas for months while I got to work with no issues. He then started with chewin on my personal items and now has added peeing. It has just started over the past week, but hasnt been everyday also. I am not sure what to do?

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Courtney,

We have a saying for Great Danes...NO FREE UNTIL THEY'RE THREE. Which basically means they do not get free roam of the house, or any space until they are three years old. Although your Dane may look like he is an adult, he is still a baby, and his brain will not mature for at least another year...if not more. I would highly encourage you to 1) Pick up his water when you are gone, trust me, he won't die of thrust. This is actually what might be causing him to urinate. He now has a much larger bladder that can hold more water, so he drinks and drinks and drinks...and then he has to pee, but has no one to let him out. I would also suggest that you get a colossal crate and put him back into the crate is he is chewing things up. It can take that one time for him to swallow the wrong thing and that can cause a blockage in the intestines, which not only puts his life in danger, but also your bank account. A surgery to remove a blockage can cost anywhere from $1,800-3,000. Finding a $200 crate is a small price to pay rather then paying for an un-necessary surgery. Give him some more time to mature, he is getting bored and doing things just because. Dogs can definitely chew when they are anxious or nervous, but most dogs chew because they are bored. I hope this helps!

Paula

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I have a great love for this breed, and although this is an "expert" forum, no one person can be an expert in all issues in any breed. It takes a lifetime of learning, with new information becoming current and relevant often. I am happy to share the knowledge that I have, and if I cannot answer your question I will be happy to do research and ask peers in the breed for their knowledge and advice. I can answer questions on temperament, health, training, breeding issues, genetic issues. I will not answer questions about how to breed your pet and add to the pet population. I am a firm believer that the experts in the breed should breed, and families should enjoy their dogs from reputable breeders.

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Show Exhibitor, Rescue Coordinator, Kennel Mananger, Training Manager, Partner in large Dog Training and Behavior Consulting Firm. Own/Train, actively Show the breed for over 10 years.

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American Rare Breed Association, Cane Corso Assocation of America, Great Dane Club of Milwaukee, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Therapy Dog Institute Evaluator

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Basic Trainer, Intermediate Trainer, Advanced Trainer, Off-Leash Advanced Trainer, Behavior Modification, Behavior Modification Specialist, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator of the American Kennel Club, Veterinary Assistant, Kennel Manager, Adoption Coordinator

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