We recently adopted a 5-month-old Blue Heeler mix. We don't have much info on her past, but it seems like she was poorly trained and both spoiled and ignored at her previous home. She's too smart for her own good and very mellow, but she has some bad habits and struggles with attachment issues. We've jumped right in to crate training her but are beginning to realized that we've moved way too fast. She's torn up a blanket and her crate pad the few times we've left her alone for 2-3 hours, and today she somehow managed to move her crate halfway across the room. It seems like a bit of situational separation anxiety. That said, we plan to move back to square one and begin a proper weekend training plan on Friday. BUT we must be away from the house for 7 hours tomorrow, with a short potty break around 4 hours in. What should we do to leave her safely and avoid major stress for the people and the dog alike?
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