I have a 3 yr old pointer that was rescued from a shelter in NC, he was in a shelter for a few months and ended up in CT which is where we picked him up.
He has seperation anxiety, and we found this out quickly. He crate trained very well and after the first week on the work schedule he settled in nicely and stopped being destructive. (the first two days he broke out of the crate- snapped the metal, ate everything in my house, etc...) For 1 whole year he was fine, didn't chew up his blanket in the crate, had a PB filled kong and an occasional marrow bone to keep him busy during the day. We go for walks 5 days a week (long hikes, run's, etc). It slowed during the winter, but are now back on schedule.
He's the perfect dog 99% of the time... great with kids, dogs, cats. Just the seperation issue.
We took him with us to a family members rental house in Cape Cod last year. Was fine for a few hours when we went to dinner one night (he was crated). Next day-Came home after a breakfast outing and he had shimmied his crate to their bed and pulled the blankets in and tore it all apart. Explain that to your SO's Aunt.. "Sorry my dog ate your bed.." ... learned not to leave him alone in strange places! Makes for fun vacations... NOT.
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago, we moved into a new house. It was a slow move (renovating) so he's been with us at the house for several weeks prior to the big move while we were working on it. (we did this knowing he has issues in new houses.)
He has a new invisible fence which he loves to run in our 2 ac property. He learned what the 'beep' means very quickly, and is a big baby.
Back to the problem- Friday I got home from work and he started shredding his blanket in his crate (little tiny itty bitty pieces.. good thing he doesn't swallow them.) I thought it was abnormal, but maybe he heard something outside that set him off. Monday, same thing- come home to shredded blanket. Tuesday I left him without the blanket because I can't keep buying blankets! I come home to this: He ripped apart the tray in the crate (yes this is a new havy crate we got for this house since his old one was bent from when we first got him). Shimmied his crate to where the rug was (2' away) and pulled the rug in, shredded it (thank god he didn't get my wedding photo album on the coffee table). Pulled his new dog bed inside and shredded the filling (can't see it in the photo- it was around the back... the bed started off being 4' away from the crate on the very edge of the rug. He pulled the rug- got access to the bed). Miraculously he was still in the crate. Ne he wan't trying for the bones, they are always scattered all over the house and hasn't been obssesed with them. The crate was bent, all metal clips were broken off, we had double ended snaps and zip ties that were broken off. (we learned that he needed the crate re-enforced!). He's lucky we are putting new flooring in- he scratched the oak floors up bigtime...
Now- what makes this dog do this all of a sudden... 3 weeks in the new house and he's perfectly fine until now. I'm so stressed I don't know what to do with him. I told my DH that I bet he ate his way out of his house in NC and that's why he was a stray..
One thing-I think the cat may be tormenting him, I did find her milk cap toys infront of his crate Friday.. so if that's whats happening I dont blame him. She's psycho since she can't go outside (happy laps-tearing around the house, meowing. She's 1/2 Siamese so she's very vocal, and a polydactyl that knows how to use her thumbs!). Today cat is locked upstairs, I took dog for a 20m walk on the trail (can't go any more since it's pitch dark). I gave him Quiet Moment pills (that never seem to work), and a frozen marrow bone (which I stopped giving him since he would burry it in his blanket, and try and push it out of the crate (and would usually succeed, with broken clips and a bent crate). I don't know what else to do. Pheromone collars/sprays did nothing. I was so stressed last night I feel sick to my stomach... what else can I do? I just don't understand how he can be fine for so long and then this? Nothing has changed in our routine??
Thanks for reading this novel, please help.