Ginger is exhibiting some new behavior that is disturbing and causing me much anxiety- to say the least!
My apartment is basically a square, ginger is allowed to stay in the back half of the apartment with a gate blocking her from the front half. Its plenty of space for her, she has her crate in there, her water, and a couch to lay on. Let me preface, the couch and kitchen counter (bar area w/ stools) is basically the 'wall' that the gate is leaned on.
2 days a week, someone comes to the house no more than 4hrs after I leave and spends the rest of the day with her till I come home. The other 2 days I take her to day care to play with her friends, and then on fridays she comes to work with me.
Of course if we go out, she stays in that back half. Up till she was about 9 months she was crated, then I left her in a smaller gated off area and now in this area. I leave her with a treat, and the tv on. The treat is mostly to distract her attention from me heading out the door, I dont dilly dally I basically book out the door! She always knows when Im going as she sees me getting the treats ready and she runs into her crate.
2 weeks ago, I went out, as I was waiting for the elevator, I hear her little paws close to the door! I was amazed how did she get to the other side of the gate. I figured she just jumped over.
NOW, about a week ago, I hear this AWFUL cry as im waiting for the elevator, worse than I ever heard. I always get nervous that somethigns happened so I wait around, I hear another few crys that are SO loud and so sad, I had to go in. Lo and behold theres Ginger standing on the kitchen counter! Of course shes all happy and butt wiggly that i came back. She got up on the stool and onto the counter. I think she was crying so bad bc she was afraid to jump down, even though it seems shes done it before! Last night I went to dinner with my husband, came home and there she is again on the counter!
My husband thinks I should let her roam the entire apartment. I dont. Shes 2 and trustworthy, I just dont see why she needs to have access to the whole place and think its important she knows thats her area. Do I start to crate her again? for her own safety? I worry she might fall and break a leg and no one is going to be home for 2 hrs. I did go out and moved the chairs/stools, and found her on the same side, so I know I can move the chairs each time and i'll prob be ok.
I wonder why shes doing this now? And she never did it before? Also it seems like its at random times, not on the weekends but during the week.
Thanks for reading this, any advise, suggestions or experiences would be appreciated!