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So I have a 6 month old Weimaraner puppy and he is the best dog I've ever had except when he's alone. I'm currently not working so I'm at home with him most of the time but when I had first gotten him I worked full time. I've tried to crate him but he would freak out to the point I would come home to a bloody swollen face. I then tried a big pen that took up most of the room which he learn to jump over. So now he has free run of the house but he likes to destroy almost everything. And I have no clue how to get him to stop. He's the perfect dog when he's with me, I get compliments on how well he behaves for being so young and being a Weimaraner all the time. He just has this one flaw! And I've tried everything, I just don't want him to get into the wrong thing when I'm not home and get sick.
 

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I do have a large yard and my boyfriend and I are very active. We take him everywhere with us so he definitely gets to burn his energy. I believe his problem is separation anxiety which is known with the breed. But I just would like any idea on which direction to go to ease his anxiety.
 

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Leave lots of things to entertain himself with while you are gone. Yummy items to lick, things to gnaw on (bones, peanut butter filled kong, food puzzles, etc). Also...if you are gone for a while, I prefer doggy daycare. My pup loves to play with other dogs and it tires him out, so it was a good solution for us some days.
 

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If you are currently not working revisit the crating. Go slower this time with lots of treats and short times when the crate door is closed.
You might even feed him in there with the door open, so he learns to associate the crate with positive experiences.
 

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Did you take the time to properly crate train him before leaving him in the crate? As Lucille said, you may need to take a step back and re create train and incrementally get him used to being on his own for short periods of time. And as Turtle11 said, leaving yummy items or toys can help give him something to do.
Do you exercise him before crating? How much mental exercise does he get?
 
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