Griff, 9 months old. You may already know he is quite the project, being strong willed, yet doing very well (petting myself on the back
). Lately he has become more destructive inside. More so than when he was younger when I could easily leave the two alone out of the crates for about an hour. I like to think that he gets enough training, play and exercise. We have an outdoor kennel and he seems to love it there, more so than inside with Deja. The two do get along well. Good reversed play and seemingly enjoy each others company.
I have observed that in the house: he is restless (not lying down unless on a down-stay, chewing on himself, picking up stuff), being annoying to Deja. Typical behavior of a bored dog. In the outdoor kennel, that I can see from inside the house, he observes the surroundings, never barks, is relaxed and doesn't chew himself. He lies down, gets up, rummages around a bit and lies down again. The indoor floors are oak and with a woolen rug. The outdoor kennel has rubber stall mats. He doesn't chew himself while crated inside.
He can easily spend hours outside in his kennel without an issue and when I get him he sits nicely waiting to be let out. Is always happy to see us (Deja and me). My plan was always to have the two living with me inside but he is showing me more and more to be an outside dog most part of the day. If deer are racing through the yard he doesn't even give a yip.
Should I give in to this and keep him mainly outside during his non-work/play hours or work on his inside-the-house-behavior? He has shown to have a good off button, but only outside in his kennel. He will be inside at night though.
I find him an incredible interesting dog like no other I have had, fostered or worked with.
What do you all think about this?