Some of you may remember that I have 3 dogs, and I got the 3rd about a year ago. He's a pomeranian mix that was rescued from a puppy mill so he came to us at a year old, not potty-trained, and completely unsocialized. He's a wonderful dog, gets along great with the other 2, and generally does very well with the potty training... but he can't really be trusted while we are gone, so we have been crating him. The other 2 are fine while we're at work so we leave them out, and we crate the 3rd dog in the bedroom.
Last week, he figured out how to let himself out of the crate.
I came home, and there he was. Figuring it was a fluke, we crated him again the next day. I got home that afternoon and not only had he let himself out again, he had also scratched up his muzzle a bit too... just rubbed the fur off of it and rubbed it raw, kinda like a rug burn. It's not that big of a deal, but now I'm worried that he could actually hurt himself trying to make a break for it. But, if we leave him out, he poops on the floor.
What would you do, if this was your dog? Keep in mind that pet-sitting and/or doggy day care is not in the budget.