Saffi is just under seven months old and has definitely hit adolescence – she has been chasing the cats no end, stealing things around the house, pushing the boundaries and fighting for more independence, chewing everything in sight and generally being a bit of a daemon dog ; ).
Marcus came home yesterday from work around 6pm – Saffi would have been by herself after day care for 2.5 hours. She’d somehow got past the baby gate in the hall and upstairs. Marcus found poos and pees in most rooms, the contents of our bins all over the floor, chewed cotton wool buds, my (expensive) make-up brushes shredded in the bathroom, the washing pulled off the clothes horse and downstairs the contents of the cats’ litter tray was everywhere… she’d clearly had a brilliant time in our absence!
I’ve been trying to work out if we have inadvertently contributed to her rebellious behaviour. In the last two weeks we’ve stopped crating her in the afternoon and overnight. She seems to love the freedom but I’m wondering if we need to go back a step until we can teach her to amuse herself less destructively. Also, Marcus and I have been busy recently and I can’t help thinking that we’ve neglected her training and lack of mental stimulation is leading to boredom.
Seeing, and having to clear up after, her antics has given us a bit of a kick up the bottom. She has been such an easy dog to look after up until now – I hope we haven’t left it too late!