We have a 12 month old whippet who I’ve beginning to believe is never going to grow up!
He’s very good when we’re around, spent a lot of time training him – took him originally to puppy classes and now continuing his training with weekly agility.
Walked twice daily, one first thing in the morning and a longer one in the evening – with a play session after dinner.
He is left in the day (please no ‘shame on you’ comments – it’s reality I have to work) I do check on him at lunch times, and he’s left no longer than 4 hours at time – he also occasionally comes with me to work.
He now has run of the house as he figured out how to jump the baby gate.
He has good days and bad days – he recently spent a lot of time with my dad’s dog who we were looking after, and Wolfgang was good as gold didn’t touch a thing in the house – was it bliss for a short time!
We provide him with toys (stuffed kongs, chews etc) which he doesn’t touch until we come home again!
He’s slowly but surely destroying the house, I put everything away that I think he’ll get his chops on, but he always finds something – despite having plenty of other suitable things to chew. Today I got in and he’s chewed the door frame and I’m pretty sure he’s figured out how to jump on the kitchen worktops as he's pulled things out of the kitchen sink.
We’re getting a second puppy soon, and I’m aware that dogs learn by example and I don’t think I can deal with double trouble!
Any suggestions of how I can stop him misbehaving when we aren’t around?
I’m not prepared to create him.