Hello everyone...this is my first time posting here.
We have female doberman mix, just over a year old (13 months) named Kava. We got her in October of 2009 as a young puppy and up until now, she has been an absolute angel; she hasn't so much as nibbled on a shoe!!
This week, however, Kava started exhibiting some uncharacteristic behavior. She has twice taken pillows down from the couch (which she does not go on) and destroyed them, and also chewed up and destroyed a baseball cap.
We have always given Kava plenty of exercise. A typical day consists of two walks in the morning (one about 15 minutes and the other about 1/2 an hour), then she is typically home alone from about 10am to 3pm after which she gets another fifteen minute walk, then about an hour or so at an off-leash dog park, and then another 1/2 hour walk in the evening.
There haven't been any changes that we can think of that would cause a change in behavior.
Kava has always been a really good sleeper and has slept on her dog bed in our bedroom. There were 3 nights this week, however, that she didn't sleep in our bedroom, but slept on her other dog bed downstairs.
She has had full roam of the house for about 6 months, and has never done anything like this. I plan on keeping her in the kitchen behind a baby gate while we are not home from now on until we figure this out and correct it.
Does anyone have any ideas why all of a sudden she is acting this way and what we can do to correct it?
Thanks in advance!!