Separation Anxiety - Destruction of Home and Crate
I feel like I'm finding problem after problem with my little guy.
He is now 7 months old. When he reached about 5 months old we started having to crate him when we leave because he became destructive and would chew our walls and molding when we left him loose in the house.
We finally got him to the point where I say "Go in your hut!" and he runs right in all excited because I give him a kong full of peanut butter and other goodies when he's in there. And he only gets those toys/treats when crated.
However, a few days ago he started something new. When I come home from having him crated he has shoved the plastic pan of his wire crate out of the crate completely. I also noticed that he is getting these irritated raw spots in his snout. I wasn't sure where he got those from until today, when I came home and he had shoved the plastic pan out of the crate again (even after I put a 10 lb weight in front of it) AND he has bent the wires at the bottom of the crate. So I'm guessing the raw spots on his snout are a result of shoving his nose through the wires to try to escape.
So, clearly this crate (Midwest Life Stages wire crate) won't be lasting me much longer.
If I cannot leave the house with him loose or crated, what do I do? I feel it is separation anxiety. I saw somewhere that Clomipramine supposedly helps with anxiety in dogs but I don't feel that great about drugging him.
He gets exercised at least 1 hour each day (usually 2 thirty minute walks).