(Closed) So this is what happens when my dog is left alone..

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 18
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsUNClover:  Oh Mylanta! I hope by box you mean crate, and if you don’t you need a crate, lol. And if it was a create, you need a better crate. I don’t know if I could handle carpet destroyed like that. Stuff, meh, it’s replaceable, as is carpet, but carpet would send me over.

Post # 19
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh wow, that is one big mess. I have a puppy who looks very similiar to her (especially with the brindle) and was quite destructive when we would leave her alone. She had a lot of seperation anxiety. It was so hard to stay mad at her because she was (and still is) so darn cute.

She has gotten much much better now (she is 2 and a half years old) but sometimes still does have her moments.


Post # 21
10362 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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@MrsUNClover:  AY yai yai!! I read your post after I posted, typical me. We had a boxer that would slip out of her crate and destroy our house when I was growing up. We would put bungee (sp?) cords around it to stop her from slipping out. Now that your pup discovered that they can get out (even tho you left the bottom latch undone) she might still try when it is latched. If she does… bungee cords. 

Post # 22
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Haha, some of us just have more adventureous dogs! I went to bed last night and heard my mini-schnauzer running around so I knew something was up. Usually our lhasa-poo snaps at him until he goes to bed, but this time I heard her bark and he was still going nuts. I went into the kitchen and he had pulled some delicious paper towels out of the trash and made sure to scatter them in little pieces all over the kitchen. We keep both of our furbabies in the kitchen during the day, because otherwise they’re destroy the house.

Post # 23
5473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Awww, these things happen.

This is what happened when DH put a Christmas present on the table… where he somehow thought our GREAT DANE couldn’t reach it:


On a positive note, the coffee beans she ground into our beige carpet made the house smell AMAZING for about a week!

Post # 24
11736 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That is straight up separation anxiety and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  A dog I fostered had this issue and it was horrible.  She could escape out of any crate (which can be extremely dangerous for them) and climb up over 3 high stacked gates (she was a tiny 10 lb dog) to get to the door, where she’d try and dig her way out.

ETA – just read your update about leaving the crate unlocked.  Hopefully that was the issue, but if she manages to escape while it’s locked, definitely look into treatment for separation anxiety.

Post # 25
9126 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Yikes!  I’m not sure I’m ever going to be ready for a puppy….

Post # 28
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

OH the joys of puppy-mommydom.  It happens to all of us- my Bruno is smaller so thank GOD he cant climb onto a lot of things (but we have to pull the chairs away from the table and bar when we leave bcasue he will climb up on the kitchen counter to eat things) but he can still destroy. He was about 5 lbs in the below picture- left him alone for about 45 minutes.  Incredible.


Post # 29
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@MrsUNClover: Is it the kind with two latches on the door? I’ve learned my lesson with leaving one unlatched, too. We only keep one of our dogs in a crate, but he’s so freaking smart. He’ll watch you and knows if you dont latch something. If you leave the bottom unlatched, he’ll crawl through the bottom. If you leave the top unlatched, he’ll squeeze through that. 

Darn smart dogs! I’m glad you’re not freaking out about it. My Fiance would have had a heart attack if he came home to that.

Post # 30
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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@MrsUNClover:  Ooooh lawd, I’ve been there! You’re getting an awful lot of responses telling you to “crate train your dog, dammit!”, because apparently no one read your original post very carefully, where you mentioned that you crate her 5+ times… 😉

I’m glad you were able to laugh it off! She’s young, and shit happens. Unfortunately, having to replace the carpet is an expensive “oops”, but you’ll never accidentally leave the crate open again!

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