Adopted a Britteny/Lab mix who was crated except when let outside and abused.?

Bella is 1 1/2 years old and we have had her for six months. Whenever we leave she destroys anything she can get to and we come home to garbage covering the house. She sneaks down to the basement to go to the bathroom, even after we just let her out 20 minutes earlier. I think that if we crate her while we are gone this could give her security and structure. My family thinks this would be mean. any help, at wits end with the dog.

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2 Responses to “Adopted a Britteny/Lab mix who was crated except when let outside and abused.?”

  1. Amanda says:

    aw good for u

  2. Flamedance says:

    Crate training is probably the best. It’s not cruel, as long as you let the dog out to eat, and have a nice big bowl of water for her when you let her outside, so she gets that, too. Crate training worked for our dog, and she never made a mess, and was very well-behaved. As long as she only stays in the crate as long as it takes to train her, it should be just fine.