I got a 7 mo old GSD and he's got some serious separation anxiety problems. When we first got him at 2months he had a crate that we put him in while we slept or just for training purposes.
- Ignored his whining
- Gave him his own space (not always giving him attention)
- Gave him his toys to play with
- Gave him attention when he's calm and behaved
- Exercise him 2hrs a day!
- Train him (stimulate his brain)
He never destroys things in the house while we are home. We've never gave him attention or rewarded bad behaviors because he would never do it while we're present in the house. Whenever we leave we come to a giant mess of things destroyed or thrown all over the ground. This is getting exhausting and expensive!
He has not been destroying things even a month ago but has recently picked up on this. He hasn't been neutered yet and we're getting him neutered this upcoming Wednesday.
How do we fix this issue?