Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
It is difficult to teach a dog something he or she should not be doing when you're not around. Lisl is a perfect dog in the house when I'm home. She never gets into anything. She brings toys to me if she wants to play inside or out.
Lisl was escaping from her crate at around 6-7 months. The first time or two she did wonderfully. No potty anywhere and didn't get into anything. The third time she got ahold of a stack of aviation charts and I had a new carpet covering when I arrived home. It looked like a ticker tape parade went through my living room.
I let her out by herself a few months later, and again no potty anywhere (I consider her 110% potty trained), but this time she went upstairs and destroyed a pillow from my bed, and snagged some tissues out of the trash can. Not the whole can, just a few tissues off the top.
She has since still been confined to the crate when I'm at work since I cannot trust her. She has since learned to stay out of the trash, but I still can't trust her out of her crate.
I think the real reason is boredom and if she was outside she'd probably be digging the yard up. There are toys everywhere to keep her occupied, but without me being with her, she probably wonders if I'm ever coming back and finds something destructive to get into.
Some dogs take longer than others, and some can never be trusted when no one is home.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf
An Unhappy German is a Sour Kraut!