I have the luxury of a room for my dogs, with a doggie door leading out to the backyard, and an air conditioned dog house. My GSD has never been kenneled, but I rescued her as an adult, and she never had a destructive bone in her body. My Husky was rescued at about 8 months of age, and that monster was crated ASAP. He chews EVERYTHING. He literally chewed the frame off the door, inside and out. He ate 2 couches. I couldn’t even begin to list all the individual items he’s destroyed. So he was kenneled any time he wasn’t in eye sight of me. Sometimes that was up to 8 hours. I’d start feeling guilty, and leave him out with my GSD, and come home to chaos. He finally stopped chewing stuff inside the house after we removed everything but the couches from their room. So he went on a spree in the backyard, and literally ate 3 young trees in our backyard, and digs holes about every 6 inches from each other, and made our backyard a massive tripping hazard. Back to the crate for him! He’s just one of those dogs that turns destructive when we aren’t around. I stopped feeling guilty about kenneling him after the second couch, and after he ate half of the sprinkler system out back. So even with the perfect setup for a dog (inside and outside access at will), he still gets crated. He just can’t be trusted.
He goes to agility classes 3 times a week, an obedience class once a week, and is the smartest **** dog, smart enough to act perfect around everyone, and turn into Cujo when left alone.
I wouldn’t feel guilty, as long as they are getting exercised regularly. And yes, it sucks when you’re sick, or life has plans you weren’t aware of until it smacks you in the face, but that’s life, and they won’t suffer for it. Half the time my husky chooses his kennel himself, and goes in for a nap. He wouldn’t do that if he hated his kennel. It’s his den, and he brings toys and treats in and makes his own little world in there. I have found for him, he has to have a kennel cover, so the only part of the kennel visible is the door. He hated it when it was just the metal bars everywhere. As soon as I made the cover, he was happy as pie going in. I know some dogs prefer to have full view of everything going on, but some do prefer a less open den.
Your dogs are gorgeous, and don’t look to be lacking. Stop punishing yourself for something out of your control, and enjoy them when you can. No need to lose two couches in the process! Lol