So Duke is six months old now and occasionally when I'm gone destroys things i.e. cardboard, movie cases, etc. Well I'm more than fed up with it and I know that the only solution is to crate him. Firstly I don't have a problem with crating, Lucy was crate trained. The only reason why Duke wasn't is that I live in an old house converted to apartments and the walls are really thin and I don't want him whining while I'm gone, which I know he'll do if he's not with Lucy. So what I'm contemplating doing is either getting the XXL crate for dogs up to 150 lbs and putting them both in it (Lucy is 45 lbs and Duke is 13) or getting 2 crates and rigging them together. I know that neither is an ideal solution but I have to do something I'm pulling my hair out!
My MinPin Madde likes to chew things up when we are gone, so we crate her. My Yorkie Crackers likes the crate, he lays in there all the time and it was His crate before Madde came. So when I go to put Madde in there Crackers wont get out, so I just put them in there together. They like eachother, so it is no problem. Its a large crate that my Huskey can fit in, so they have plenty of room. So I think it is ok to put your two together.
I considered the x-pen but I have 2 problems with them 1 being that Duke is a notorious escape artist and I just know he'd find a way to climb out of it. (lol I'm just picturing him climbing onto Lucy's back lol) and my other problem is actually my best friend's problem. We're moving in together in a couple of months and she's demanding that I crate Duke bc she's worried he'll mess up the carpet(which is stupid bc he's never messed up carpet but whatev) other than that an x-pen would be fantastic
They have tops to xpens and xpens come in all different sizes. http://rvtravel.com/rvtips/xpen.shtml I would crate the dogs separately when you are not home, at least while he is still a puppy, so your other dog can have a peaceful time while you are away. They can still see and hear each other in order to keep each other company, they would just have their own space.
Work with him, and get him used to his crate/xpen under all circumstances. Starting with while you are at home and doing house work, sitting right there... bed time... time to eat... this way it's no big deal when it's time for him to settle in, or if someone else has to watch him down the road. Wouldn't hurt to give him a command like "settle" or "bed".
I would also give him his toys in there. Some things to keep him busy like toys with peanut butter or cheese in them that take some time to lick out. Throw his toys in there and make him fetch them out. Close the door randomly and feed him treats in there so he understands he is allowed to play with things in his area.
Be very strict with your things, if he shows interest and starts nosing around, I would take him out for a long walk to tire him out and throw him in there with his toys to burn off that energy.
lovinmylucy, you could put a crate in a large xpen with a roof to it. No dog can get out of there,and he won't want to because Lucy is with him. The ones with the roof are square or rectangle, and one side opens, or you can open both. I'd give it a try. Good luck.