I will try and keep it short (or at least I think I can
A week ago, we bought a 10 week old french bulldog male puppy. The first day, he was so docile and calm, we thought we hit the jackpot with him. However, the second day, as he became more comfortable with the apartment (no backyard), he started doing whatever he wanted. We ordered a crate a week and a half ago, but it still hasn`t arrived so crate training was impossible for us. He slept in our bedroom, on the floor, the first nights and last night (after fully puppy proofing the apartment) he slept on his own bed, in the kitchen.
Here comes the problem: in 2 days I will be going back to my 9 to 5 job (I can`t afford any more time off and neither can my husband) and we are afraid of him constantly barking and destroying stuff like the fridge or kitchen furniture while we are at work. Also, he gets very aggressive towards his own bed (made out of a very tough material, which he destroyed in only 2 days). He has lots of toys made out of different mixtures, but they are simply not as exciting as the furniture or table.
Today, he redirected his excitement and aggressive biting towards the puppy pad where he normally goes willingly to pee on. When I took the pad away from him he kept pulling it with his teeth and at one point he jumped and bit my hand. I immediately went outside the apartment so that he understands he did something wrong and it calmed him down.
I try to play with him every few hours so that he doesn`t get bored but despite that, he still goes and chews everything and starts barking and growling (I assume because he is overly excited??). Also, he follows me around WHEREVER I go. It drives me crazy that he is so clingy because I know that it will be even harder for him to stay on his own.
Please help! I need to make sure he can be on his own when we leave for work as opposed to staying worried all the time. Also, I cannot afford excessive barking as we live in an apartment building and no access to a backyard.
I appreciate any answer or suggestion!