Girlfriends nephew just got back from Army in Italy with wife, 18 month old son and 2-3 year old Irish terrier. They lived in an apartment before so the dog is completely used to being inside, sleeps in their room, on the couches all the time etc. We were doing our best to deal with that but there's a huge issue everytime we all leave. They have a dog carrier cage like for an airplane(it's how she got over here) and they put here in that in the garage and she goes nuts the whole time we're gone. If we get back before they do we have to let her out or she goes double nuts. Today we ate lunch first, when I let her out she ran into the house before we realized she had peed all over the inside of the cage and had it all over her legs and feet. We quickly got her out but she won't let me try to clean her off. I hosed off the cage and right now I have this dog going nuts outside scratching up the sliding glass door. We rent the house. They don't seem to grasp how crazy the dog is going, I texted them and they said it's ok she'll be fine just don't let her in. I'm actually afraid she's going to break the door. They eventually got the point but it'll be well over an hour between when they got the point and when they get here. I just steam mopped the wood floors but this obviously can't go on. Is this a must take dog to obedience school issue or is this something they can work with the dog on their own? Right now it's a major issue, the dog is going to destroy the rental situation for us and they don't really have a plan B. I can't even get the dog back into the cage to keep her away from the door, she's so worked up I'm afraid she'll accidentally bite me, and remember I'm still rehabbing from knee surgery so I'm nowhere near normal strength. I kind of suspect it's a dog obedience school issue because frankly I think a big part of the issue is they treat their dog so much like a human, that the dog is not the whole issue, they need to hear from dog experts what's actually reasonable and what's going to cause them problems. If they had the dog in an apartment or a another rental(we rent from my gf's sister) they might have already been evicted because of the dog. This is about the 5th time since they got home (3 1/2 weeks ago) that they have left the dog alone for several hours, but this is by far the worst she's been so it's not a case where she's getting used to it. When we came home we felt bad not letting her out of the cage but once I did all hell broke loose, in hindsight leaving her in the cage would have been better but I didn't realize then she had peed all over it.