I've been leaving Simon out free-roaming the house for short intervals of time lately -- he's 6 months, he needs to start learning.
He's been VERY good so far -- no potties, no bad deeds, none of that. Till now.
Today he chewed the door that leads to the garage. Chewed it up pretty bad. (My mom, who was in the living room, didn't even NOTICE!!!!) That's the door I left through, and I'm pretty sure he was trying to get to me. I was only gone about 90 minutes, the max amount of time I'll leave him out at this point. Any longer, and he's crated.
My mom now thinks he shouldn't be left out any longer. I think I need to make adjustments -- bitter apple on the door, perhaps a baby gate across the door so that will be what he chews (though I'd spray bitter apple on THAT as well). I want him to learn to behave in the house when I'm gone.
I just don't get the separation anxiety from him, though. He's NOT really that much of a snuggle/velcro dog. He's very independent and, frankly, half the time he acts like it doesn't even MATTER if I'm here when I'm home. He's more interested in my other dog than in ME when it comes down to it. So why is he freaking out when I leave? Especially when my mom is HOME (he loves my mom) and so is my other dog, and he can sit with either one of them.
I guess I just don't understand what prompted this. He was doing SO GOOD till today! :(