Hello! I just rescued a chocolate labrador retriever named JoJo about a month ago (June 12, 2012) who is between the ages of 5 and 7 and is overall a very sweet boy! He is not aggressive in any way and gets along well with other people, animals and kids. JoJo has alot of energy and I try to help expend it by having a dog walker come in the middle of the day each day to take him and my other lab (who is perfectly well-behaved) for an hour-long walk and I go running in the park with him almost every day after work. We have begun obedience training and he is doing pretty well with commands. My main problem with JoJo is that after several weeks with no issues, he has begun rooting around my apartment and getting into random things when I am not at home. So far he has eaten (and spread around the apartment) raw rice, he has shredded a boatload of plastic grocery bags, he destroyed a nearly empty container of crazy glue that he got out of an unlatched tool box and he found and decimated a bottle of dog vitamins that I had forgot were in a bag in my closet. JoJo is a very food-centric dog and I suspect that the things that he is getting into are things he smells and gets curious about. It seems like he keeps finding things to get into that I didn't realize were even there or would be of interest to him. I feel like I can't anticipate what he will get into next and I am obviously concerned about his health and safety potentially getting into things that might harm him, but I am also frustrated with coming home to find the messes that he makes while I am gone. My apartment is very small and has an open plan with very little storage space, so using a baby gate is not an option. Crating JoJo for the first few days he was with me made him more agitated than not crating him, so I got rid of the crate. I keep trying to be patient and keep perspective, reminding myself that JoJo was in shelters for longer than he has been with me. But I am here on this site because I could really use some words of advice and reassurance from anyone else who has adopted or rescued an adult dog. I am hoping that this is just a phase in the course of him settling into his new life with us. It's natural for him to be curious about his new environment and I fully respect the need to keep the apartment as puppy-proofed as possible, especially where food-related items are concerned. The trainer said that the reason he is just now starting to get into things and make messes, as opposed to doing so when I first brought him home, is that dogs suppress their instincts and behaviors at first when they are rescued or adopted. I just wonder if the situation will improve with time and JoJo will eventually be less curious about the 'hidden treasures' in my apartment. I also wonder if the fact that he is doing it when I am not there suggests some sort of anxiety on his part? What is normal for rescued dogs? What should I expect and what should I try and do about his behaviors? Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks!