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Question what should i do??

i am a student so i have classes from 7am to 2pm.. i was wondering what i should be doing with my goldie during this time. i usually keep him in a confined area until i come back home. is that bad?? he keeps scratching the door and being destructive! any toy i give him is destroyed by the time i come back. any suggestions..??
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I can't offer advice since I'm home so much except that you might want to post again during the day when the site is busy. It's pretty quiet here in the wee hours of the morning


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If you're closing him into a small room, using a baby gate instead might help. I'm not sure how old he is but we use it for diesel and we place it just high enough he can't jump it and just low enough he can't get under it. We put his bed in with him along with his water and some toys, a chewy works great, and he is good to go!


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Use a crate. Allow him to have indestructible toys like a kong or nylabones. Get a dog walker to come exercise him of drop him at doggie daycare a few days a week.


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Might want to invest in a crate and an x-pen.

Also have someone stop by the house around 12 to have him fed and be able to let out and stretch.
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I agree, crate train!

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Crate training worked great for us! Also, it might help to have someone stop by during the day to let him out for a walk to get some of that energy out.
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How old is he? 7AM-2PM isn't bad at all for an adult dog, but for a younger dog, the 7 hours may simply be too long to expect him to amuse himself and sleep.

General principles:
crate train and work on making the crate a happy, mellow place.
lots of exercise before and after crate time
stimulating toys for crate time (like a hard kong with peanut butter painted on the inside and then frozen)
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