I am new to this board, so please excuse this post if someone has already had this problem and solutions are available.
My husband and I just adopted a German Shepherd, Gunner, from the local humane society one week and two days ago. All I know of his story is that he is roughly 4-5 years old, neutered male who was roaming the streets. I, or he picked us, for multiple reasons. One, is that I had a Black German Shepherd for 9 years, who was recently put down due to degenerative myelopathy. I loved how loyal, willing, beautiful, protective, and their personalities, and many many many more. Second, Gunner seemed to have a connection with me. He would always keep eye contact with me, plus two other girls were messing with him at the humane society and as I was walking around he would not keep his eyes off of me. Third, he was just so handsome and I had to have him.
He is fitting into our life just fine. We are teaching him patience like sitting and looking up at us before we give the okay for him to eat. Sitting and waiting before we put the leash on him and go outside. He needs some more work, but is progressing very well as we are starting some at home obedience. However, we have one problem that has occurred. He is kennel trained, as for when we are not home, he goes in (we are in the process of moving in less than two weeks so when we do, we are hoping he will be able to have free rein of the house). He knows that the kennel is his den/home/safe spot as he goes in it willing on his own; so it isn't a "bad thing". Even when we leave, he does in it without giving us a problem but once we leave he becomes an escape artist and tries to get out (this recently started happening). One time we when we came home he was out of his kennel. With zip ties holding the sides from him breaking loose (it is one of those wired crates) but he is biting and pulling the bottom part of the kennel. We have tried the peanut butter in the kong, a bone type deal that is suppose to last long and keep a dog busy, but it doesn't work. I understand that he needs to stay active, as we are trying the best we can until we can move into our new place; but we want this to stop. He is the type of dog who will not chew on chewies until someone is home, so is out of the picture. I have been looking at mental stimulation toys, but do not want to spend an arm and a leg if they don't work.
Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?