I'm a long time lurker but have joined up for some help.
We have a 6 month jack russell cross. She goes to work with my partner during the day, and is free to run about his yard. Is walked before bedtime and is shut in the kitchen/dining room while we are in bed.
She does this with no problem but I think it does upset her a little.
The problem is when we want to go out. For example to the supermarket or out for a meal. She finds it distressing. We understand but we want to make it easier for her.
She will be destructive but doesn't howl.
We have left the radio on, given her our clothes, she has loads of toys and we walk her before leaving her.
Friends have recommended crate training. Is she too old to start this? And do your dogs find a crate comforting?