I have two large dogs, a 5 year old GSD (Maverick) and a 1.5 year old Lab mix (Rocky). Bear with me here, as I'm still a relatively new dog owner (Got Rocky first, as a pup, and Maverick joined us in April). So what may seem obvious to you isn't so clear to me. They're both very happy here since we have a big fenced area for them to run around. They spend most of their days outside and on our back porch, which is usually left open for them. Even when it's cold, the porch is fairly sheltered and they can lay on rugs. When it's bitterly cold, yes, I bring them in, but that's not usually an issue. So whenever they want they can run in and out, play with each other, bark at the neighbor's cat, etc. Then at night, they both sleep in crates in our lower-level family room. The problem is that when it rains, our yard gets very muddy in spots, and Maverick (the GSD) LOOOOVES to play in the mud. Boy oh boy does he get filthy! Rocky stays pretty clean. Maverick doesn't like to be indoors. He's gotten better about it over the months we've had him, but still prefers to be outside and gets quite anxious after a while. He gets very upset at our cats, too. Rocky, unsupervised, tends to chew on things. Toys, chair legs, the firewood stacked by the hearth, shoes, whatever. Yes, we give him rawhide to chew on. It works for a little while, but if Rocky feels ignored he'll sneak off and find a toy or a slipper to see if we'll notice before he destroys it. So when it's raining, we keep them on the back porch and let them out occasionally to do their business, but call them back in before Mav has a chance to get muddy. Maverick is well-behaved on the porch. He watches the windows carefully, barks a lot, plays with his Kong, and snoozes. Rocky is BAAAAD. Rocky has chewed up the arm of our new resin wicker loveseat, ripped the buttons off the loveseat cushion, and today he tore apart Maverick's bed. I know Rocky is bored. We try to spend time with them, especially on rainy days -- they're just like kids, of course -- but this isn't always possible. I mean, you know, I have work to do! I can't spend my whole day playing with the dogs. They have plenty of toys and they have each other, so it can't be too bad for them. I could leave the porch open even in the rain and let Maverick get muddy as he wants, then just wash him off before he comes in for the night - we do this often. He gets the porch muddy too, but it's not difficult to clean. But that doesn't solve the problem, because Rocky doesn't want to go out in the rain anyway. Even if the door's open, he'd rather stay inside and chew up the furniture. Ideas? thanks!