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We just adopted a 1.5/2 year (best guess) pup from a rescue group. He's a Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepard mix (best guess). We've only had him for a week and I expected behavior issues, just looking for advice to see if I can speed things up.

Every time we leave the house, whether it's for an hour or four hours, he pees. He's never once pooped in the house. We always let him out before we leave and multiple times throughout the day. We are doing the basics, bringing him to the spot and firmly saying no, then taking him outside and praising him when he pees outside.

Also, the way we have our living room set up, the couch is between two windows and next to each side of the couch is an end table. He will climb onto the couch, onto the end table and tear up the blinds to look out the window. He does not do this while we are home, but we can see him in the window when we pull up. I'm not sure how to fix this as the behavior doesn't seem to happen when we're around.

I do not want to crate this dog. Our other dog cannot be crated (and doesn't need to be) and I don't want one dog in a crate and one not while we are gone.

Any suggestions or advice?
 
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