I have a 7 month old border collie dog who as he gets older is getting more destructive. Whilst some occasions such as one of us going out to work and the other not on the scene I can recognise as separation anxiety but other times such as this morning when I was having a shower dog took a few more bits out of a jacket he's already trashed. Even though he'd had company, been on the garden and been fed had toys around and only left for about half an hour. This lunch we went to a local pub [normal sunday activity] and left him in the vehicle, we came back about half an hour later to find cover over gear lever pulled up and over the gear lever, well chewed, mobile phone holder chewed, pair of plastic sunglasses pulled out of door pocket and chewed, previously it was my husbands disability card which has to be displayed trashed. Now my plan to deal with that is to have a stash of raw hide bones so as to have one ready to give the minute we leave, to get him over the initial "oh my god everybody's leaving me" moment. But am I encouraging his behaviour? Is it a case of if I start this and then don't have one to give its going to be a problem? Now I know he's teething still but its at the stage that unless I am up early every morning to occupy him something will be destroyed, I already need new dining table & chairs he's almost destroyed them. It would be impossible for me to leave him in the house alone even for 15 minutes, there'd be nothing left of my furniture by the time I got back. I'd also like to check with you to see if its normal to have to get up at least once a night to toilet him. I got out with him to ensure he does a no2 before coming back in [otherwise it would be a quick wee and then straight back in, then a while later he'd get caught out & mess in the house]. Now winters here standing outside at 1 or 2 in the am in PJ's & dressing gown is not my idea of heaven!! Even then I can't guarantee success sometimes we'll stand out there until I'm so cold I have to go back in, he'll just sniff about do a wee and not do a mess and again get caught out later. Now I am just attempting to resolve this by not feeding after 3.30pm other than a chewy when he'd normally be getting his 3rd feed about 5pm. It was successful last night and I plan to repeat this evening. Although this is our 2nd BC from being a pup, we didn't have these probs from our last one who died at the grand age of 15 earlier this year. The only trashing I remember him doing was a foam cushion and we often used to leave him in the house on his own. After his teething I still had furniture left!! Obviously its me not understanding my dogs needs but how do I go about resolving this?