Escape artist Coton de Tulear
I'm hoping you guys can give us some ideas from your experience - thanks in advance!
My 5 mo old Coton de Tulear, Argus, hates to be left alone when we leave for work, and he is an escape artist supreme.
Argus is not wholly reliable with the paper training yet (mostly, I freely admit, due to lack of consistency in training) so we need to keep him in the kitchen (cleanable and fewer dangers/less potential mischief) when we're away.
When we first got him, I got a little exercise pen for him, the kind that hooked onto his crate/cage so that he'd have a nice little space for sleeping, playing and could have his pee pads a ways away from bed and food. It was under two weeks before he learned to climb out of it. I got a baby gate and let him roam the kitchen, but it didn't take long before he was over that too. We had some success for awhile with large sheets of corrugated plastic board, but no matter how we secured them he managed to get them pulled away from the wall enough to chew on them and squeeze past - even when combined with the baby gate. Finally we installed a 3.5' plywood sheet recessed so he couldn't chew, and I don't yet know how, but sure enough he's getting over that too.
I've been trying to follow the advice of various books and info websites regg: reducing his anxiety at being left alone, but it doesn't really seem to be helping much. If I could train him, or reduce his need to escape enough, to stay in the kitchen it would be far preferable to constantly trying to up the barrier.
I've been reading about crate training, but don't really like that option because we can't get home to let him out early or often enough for him to meet his 'business ' needs - hence the paper training.