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11-Month old Boxer Chewing Furniture When Left Out

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My wife and I have been trying to train our boxer to be able to not have to go into his crate when we leave the house. Sometimes he doesn't touch anything. We get home, cushions are on the couch and nothing is destroyed. Other times he rips apart the cushions or finds something else to chew.

My wife and I want to leave him out of his crate while we are at work like we do for our 10-yr old puggle. But his behavior is too erratic for us to feel comfortable, even for an hour. Sometime we can leave for 3-4 hours and he's good. Other times it could be an hour and things are destroyed. We would fill their kongs but my older one has been alone for so long she gets territorial with anything concerning treats and other dogs.

We feel HORRIBLE putting him in his crate while we go to work. We had our puggle trained to be out of her crate when she was younger than him at his age.

Any tips or advice on what we can try?
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Crate him. You will feel a LOT worse if he ingests a piece of foam cushion and ends up dying of bloat if you don't catch it soon enough... or decides one day to gnaw a light socket or a light cord.

I used to feel bad about crating when I went to work. I learned that for some dogs that structure actually seems to help them and they are happier overall.

That said I created another option. I have a full size 5 foot X 10 foot six foot high kennel in my basement along with another 4 foot X 6 foot kennel with an attached 3 foot by 4 foot crate. I also have a Great Dane (700) size Vari Kennel crate along with miscellaneous other size crates. If I am going to have several late work days and/OR if the weather is horrible cold (so dogs cannot be outside in kennels) or it is horrible hot (again.. not good to leave them in outside kennels) I have these other options in the warm or cool dry basement. I rotate my three dogs through these kennels and crates. Just a thought if you want to set something like that up if you have the room.

The object is to keep the dogs (and my things) safe.
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