He's not left for long. Approx five hours once or sometimes twice a week.
Some weeks he's not left at all.
I leave the radio on and give him a kong full of frozen cat food. He has the cats to play with as well! Which he seems to do a lot of when we're home.
He has full run of the dining room, kitchen and hall as its all open plan and also up the stairs and landing. Living room door is shut.
He's always scratched at the carpets outside my bedroom door and dd's bedroom door. So bad now that there's an inch of no carpet in places on the landing by both bedroom doors. He never scratches at the living room door.
I've tried putting heavy books, etc in the doorway but he just scratches near the books instead.
I don't want to leave the doors open as he does sometimes chew clothes and has wrecked a hoodie and a onesie of dd's as well as chewing some soft toys.
I did approach a dog walker but as the day he's left is a different day every week they said they couldn't do it as they'd never know where they were. I'm in a small village as well so I don't think they relished the idea of driving here just for me.
Could try a stair gate but I don't really want one that's there all the time.
Will have to investigate if there's any retracting type ones. If not it'll have to be a travel one though I suspect he may just scratch a hole in that. We used to have one with previous dog to keep him out the utility room/cat food and he managed to wreck it in days!
Perhaps you could just get a piece of hardboard ( or something similar) that you could block off the stairs with and then it could slip under a bed / behind a door when not in use . We used a thick piece of cardboard to stop our dog going in the downstairs loo when we were painting .
Also I don't know what the dog will be like with someone coming in the house when I'm not there. He's not the friendliest of dogs though this is improving. It's taken six months for dh to be able to come in without the dog going for him.
A neighbour used to let my last dog out but she's scared of this one.