I have had my rescue, Flynn, for 6 months and he is about 2 years old. I just moved. In my old house, Flynn stayed in my room while I was at work because he got into stuff when I let him roam the house (he would knock stuff off the shelves looking for food and once tore into a bag of flour...yes, I do feed him enough.)
In this new house I left Flynn in his crate for the first 2 weeks while I was at work because of the new adjustment. Then I made him his own room with a TV, his bed, and toys (the house is still empty.) I left him there all week while I went to work with no issues. Then, Saturday I did the same thing. He had a peanut butter Kong and the tv on. I was only gone 1 hour and he tore up all the carpeting by the door :-(. What gives? Was this too much too soon?
I just hate the idea of leaving him in the crate all the time. I'm not sure what I need to do better in order to have him not tear stuff up. My last place was hardwood so I'm not sure if he didn't know but I kind of doubt that. I'd like to eventually be able to leave him alone in the house someday. I'm not sure how to train this sort of thing.
Whenever I leave he shows me his belly and has sad eyes, but I don't think he has separation anxiety because if I tell him to go in the crate he'll go, he's just sulky about it.
How can I train my dog to have freedom and be responsible when home alone?