Starting to let your GSD out of the crate unattended
jasmine is now 19 months old. we crate her when gone but my hubby feels it isnt fair for her to be in the crate for 8 hours while gone which i agree. However, we have tried to leave her out before when she turned about a year old. We stated just letting ehr out in the bedroom and would leave for 10-15 mins thru out the day and come back and when she was good we would praise and treat. it got to the point where we could leave her when gone but at that point it would be 4 hours 6 at the max.that lasted a month and then she started ripping up her bed and ripping the tv cord out of the wall and eating the wooden arm of the futon all from being bored. Since we arent home to excersise her during this time i felt it was safe for everyone if she returned to being crated.
Well now he wants to try again and I am wondering if we can approach this differently. I want to get a few of the pannels of an x pen and put them around the things that she loves to chew on which can be dangerous so she cant get to them. But now im wondering if bored enough during the day if she would find other things like the wall or the cabnets etc to chew on Is there anything that she could play with during the day that can be done unsupervised?
I don't really like the idea of leaving toys or bones with her unsupervised.
And of course exsercising her before we leave is a must.
but i also kind of feel she is still mentally too young to handle being out
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreaciated