So, I manage a pet supply and do some rescue work. We took in an English Pointer, about 6 months old, planning on keeping him and he is wreaking havoc in our house during the day. I am pretty darn knowledgeable about most pets, especially dogs, (10 yrs in the store), but was thinking there are so many great people on here with ideas maybe someone has some different advice. The problem is that he is the size of a small lab at this age, and we are at work 10 hrs/day, and work over 1/2 hr away from home. So, I cannot in good conscience kennel him for that long of a period of time. Tried to put him in our basement, (which is mostly finished), but he chewed the bannisters and the built in gate at the top. He has plenty of chewable things that SHOULD be diverting him from trouble, not working. Somedays he only chews up something like a phone book, but today started on the stairs to our loft, mind you this is a nice house we only bought a yr and a half ago. I love Wally, but am scared to come home every day to a disaster. I believe it is seperation anxiety, but he is too scared out of the house to take him to work, which I have done with others. Any brilliant ideas for the otherwise good dog? When we are home he is awesome. I thought about the simulated pheremones, but he would probably try to eat the plug-in!!! Help! We do run him on our land at night, so he gets a lot of exercise, and my boyfriend is a hunter, I did all the research on the breed. He was on the way to the animal shelter, which is full of un-wanted hunting hounds....
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