I am home during the day for what I would consider a decent amount for a single, working person. I am having a problem with my 2yr old Doxie Geno getting into things while I am gone.
Normally, he doesn't destroy anything or gnaw on anything, but sometimes he does (like my surround sound speaker wires yesterday).
I don't like to crate him because no matter what I try, he gets very upset and barks all day. I have even tried to make him sleep in it at night, etc (which he does, no problem). But as soon as you lock the door and leave, he barks.
If I pen him up in the kitchen he also gets frustrated.
He is generally on his best behavior when let out, although he will do things like pull place mats I have on my coffee table off, pull wires, pick up books/magazines, etc.
He has quite a few toys, to include a Kong which I fill every day (adjusting his food intake to compensate), which he seems to play with. However, he is just a curious dog.
Is there any suggestions you can give to keep him occupied with doggy things instead of people things?
I have tried apple bitter, but that wears off and isn't something I like to constantly spray on electronics. Besides, if he just drags things about, it really doesn't stop him from doing so.