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I'm needing suggestions, but I'll admit right off the bat that I have already rejected the most practical ones, which likely makes me seem a little crazy ;P
After being a stellar pup for more than two months, Quinn started to chew things when left alone. His favorite is magazines and newspapers, which believe it or not, I'm fine with. The problem is that little-by-little, he is expanding his tastes and today I came home, after being gone about 4 hours, to find a chewed edge in the living room area rug. Not good. We have been hoping we would get past this stage unscathed, but I'm afraid I will come home one day and it will be the sofa or the chair or both. Not having the puppy months with him makes this a bit of a challenge, and his size makes it even more challenging. Here are my reasons for not doing some of the obvious...
Crating: At this point, I don't really have the time to condition him to a crate--even if I could find one big enough, which I doubt.
Confining: There isn't a room in the house that I can use for confinement, and even if I could figure that out, I would never confine Gracie with him (she needs to be able to escape his playfulness when he gets overwhelming) and I think Quinn would tear down the door if Gracie isn't with him. He loves her.
Kongs: Tried this with observation and after he cleans out the filling, he tends to toss it around until it ends up under a piece of furniture. An almost 3 ft., 100+ lb. dog trying to extricate a Kong from under something is a very scary thing.
Exhaustion: This is the best answer, but unfortunately not always possible before leaving. In the morning, we have the "no exercise around meals" rule to deal with. It's restricting.
So I am hoping you creative people might have something I haven't rejected yet! Also, do any of you have any chew toy ideas that would be safe with no humans around? My fear of choking my dog is bigger than my fear of a destroyed sofa.