Man, I'm having the hardest time figuring out what to do with my dogs during the day. Everything I've tried has backfired in one way or another.
-leaving them in the backyard = lab/bordie collie mix digging under fence and escaping. Pit/boxer mix barks at the dogs behind me non-stop and rubs his chin on the fence in the process until it bleeds. Sigh.
-leaving them inside the house = lake erie on the floor along with a couple of small mountains - if ya know what I mean. Can't have dog door because of cats. (don't want cats outside as I live on a busy street and one of them is a real climber - she'll be over the fence in a heartbeat). Plus I've ended up with various items destroyed when I leave them home alone unattended.
-Leaving them in the garage. Pit/Boxer is ok but lab/border collie finds things to destroy - last time it was my cordless drill and the weather stripping on a door.
-crating - worked well...until... lab/border collie crapped all over the inside of the crate, broke out of the crate hurting herself in the process, and then proceeded to drag said mess ALL OVER THE HOUSE. That was a pleasant scene to open the door to. I almost just turned around and left.
-chaining the dogs in the back yard. Uuugh - so many problems starting with it seems pretty cruel. Lab/border collie almost hung herself. If they're too close together they tangle each other up.
I've finally gotten to the point of just throwing them in the back yard and hoping it works out, but I find myself stressing about it during the day.