Hey guys, I thought while I'm on here I might as well ask about Lego's behavioural issues and see if there's anything else I can do to help nip these in the bud.. I always appreciate some new insight when it comes to training methods Her first one is that she seems to have developed a fear of strange men coming into our house. It started a few weeks ago, when my roommate brought over his friend who is a self proclaimed "dog person". Basically, this guy was just a wannabe gangster idiot who almost got himself punched by my boyfriend with his behaviour. Lego came from an abusive home, and therefore can be a little nervous about meeting new people, so she needs slow introductions. She doesnt cower or hide or anything, she's a typical bully breed dog and is very forward, but she just frightens easily. I usually ask people to come in and ignore her, but this guy burst through the door and started yelling about how stoked he was that we've got a pitbull. Instead of noticing her nervous barks at him and backing away, he rushes towards her, spread his arms, swooped down at her head to try and wrestle (no intro first) and starts yelling about how he "loves pitbulls". Lego PANICKED.. She growled, tucked her tail and ran into the corner where her bed was, looking terrified. The man continued to advance on her.. He noticed they were both wearing matching red bandanas and so he thought it'd be a good idea to ake his off and start whipping her with his while she was in the corner. Needless to say I lost it on him, and poor Lego looked so terrfied that I'm sure if I hadn't been there to stop him, she might have snapped at him. Now, Lego is a very social dog.. In fact, I've been told that her only issue is that she loves SO intensely that it can intimidate people a little bit. She's never shown any signs of dog or human aggression since I've owned her, but unfortunately due to the negative stereotypes on pitbulls, even if that man had gotten himself bit because he was torturing her, she would be blamed. That being said, I CANNOT have people coming into my home and scaring/harassing her until she finally reacts (and it takes a loottt to push her over the edge), so I informed my roommate that his friend is no longer allowed around here. It may sound unfair, but I can't risk having him come over and hit and corner her until she snaps while I'm gone. So that pretty much started it all.. Since then I've noticed she's super wary of men who walk in. She runs to the far end of the house to her bed, grumbling and looking pretty scared the entire time. Basically I just need to know if I'm doing this right.. So far I just tell the visitors to just ignore her and let her come to them. When she makes that move on her own, then they can offer her treats, but still keep the physical contact to a minimum so she doesn't shy away.. Until she gets comfortable. Is that a good way to go about dealing with this? I'm pretty mad that all it took was ONE idiot to go about ruining my social butterfly of a dog and making her so scared, so I want to fix it asap! My next problem is the reason I joined this site in the first place - destructive tendencies. Lego is affectionately known as my little tornado of destruction. When I first got her, she came from a home with 20 other dogs, and owners that couldn't care less about her. She had a bit of food/toy guarding issues - which I assumed was understandable, coming from a home with so many dogs.. But we ended up fixing that and she's muhc better. The other issue she had was separation anxiety. If I left her alone for something as short as going to the bathroom, I'd come back to my entire room torn to shreds by an anxious little dog who couldn't stop whining until I was by her side again. It's gotten way better, but I still didnt trust her home alone, so I used to crate her when I left. Then one day, out of no where, she decided that she was terrified of her crate.. refusing to even go into the same half of the house as it, and peeing herself and screaming/head butting the kennel door if I tried to put her inside. I have NO idea what caused this, she's always loved her crate, but it really upset my boyfriend and I to watch, so we started trying to leave her loose while we were gone. For the first two weeks she was amazing. Never so much as touched anything in the house while we were gone. Lately though, she's getting into anything and everything she can.. Even if we just leave her to go get coffee, we come back to either garbage, groceries or furniture shredded across the floor. She's taken to shredding the couch that the landlord had put in the livingroom, and even though she's been punished, I sometimes still find her back shredding that same couch.. Evem if I'm still home, but just have my back turned. She doesnt do this every time we leave, but enough that I'm getting ridiculously frustrated. After talking to some people on a pitbull rescue forum here in Vancouver, I came to the conclusion that she's probably bored, as well as that she desperately needs to be locked up while we're gone until she can earn our trust again. So basically, my ideas to stop this are to buy her some interactive toys to help her to use her brain while she's playing by herself, and hopefully to tire her out.. As well as to start teaching her more tricks, and to buy her an Xpen - since she's so terrified of her crate. I'm hoping these solutions will work, because as a student I really can't afford to keep buying new furniture... but I'm hoping you guys might have some additional adivce to offer me?