A little background, I've had Charlotte for 9 months now and she will be turning 1 in just 2 weeks. She is such a well behaved, outgoing, and smart girl. She has been crate trained since I brought her home. I would leave her locked in the crate, at first, during the night and when I was away. Now at night I leave the door open, and she mostly still sleeps in there at night (I tried to make it a safe place for her). As she has gotten a little older I started to let her out during the day, so that she wouldn't be kenneled all day while I was at work. This is my problem... she not only wines and barks (I can hear her outside) but she also has started shredding things. She has shredded 2 books, mail, notecards, tissues, and even a set of blinds. I'm guessing she is going through some major separation anxiety and I just don't know what to do! I tried leaving the TV on for some background noise, leaving toys and bones out for her to chew on, and we even have another dog there to keep her company. I have started leaving her in her crate again while I am away, just to make sure that nothing else gets destroyed. Has anyone else had this issue, was it just a phase? I would love to hear some suggestions.
A picture of the culprit for everyone :)