You will need to crate Duke when you leave the house, he is still a baby. You would never leave your 2 year old home alone, you would get her a babysitter-so consider a crate your dogs babysitter. Another option would be gating off one room-kitchen or bathroom. As far as him stealing your daughter's food, why not have your daughter sit down to eat-it's much easier than you chasing him, while he's chasing her, then getting mad and yelling at him. I would also suggest some obedience classes-I just had a private lesson with Ty's trainer/behaviorist to go over some of his "teenage" behaviors and I have seen a huge improvement with Ty. I am not ashamed to admit that I was the one who needed trained on how to train Ty. Yelling and nose-tapping are not effective methods-you want to spend less time on telling him "no", and more time rewarding him for good behaviors. I hope some of this helps-since Ty is 8 months old and my daughter just turned 4 years old, I can relate to some of the craziness right now! Good luck!
Jody-Proud Boxer Mom
Tyler: 3-13-05 Fawn Male
Peyton: 11-16-04 Brindle Female