I was gone for not quite 2 hours and they trashed the spa cover!
Ok so paint picture......... Up at 6.15am for a one hour walk/run. Home to breakfast of a chicken carcass each. I headed off to work 7.45am, the OH went to town. He got home at 9.45am. He pottered around inside for a while then went outside, did a little training and playing with the pooches. Left home again around 11.30am, from which he came to visit me at work then headed out of town to work himself. I got home from work about 3.30pm, so they were alone for around 4 hours then. Everything was in order no dramas. I did a bit inside for 20 minutes then outside for a run around for half an hour, then did some training, then had a game, then gave them some chicken mince each. Bout 5pm I had to head back to work, I was gone til about 7pm, got home and they had destroyed the cover, as I come through the door from the garage I could see them at it on the patio.
So.... I scolded them very harshly verbly and smacked each on the snout. Then the neighbour popped over as he keeps a very close eye on them for us and heard me scold them so asked what they'd done. I showed him and he was mortified, I think more so because he hadn't heard them to stop them sooner. While I was talking to him Lilly went and layed on it and started chewing at it again, so I picked a piece up and wacked her on the nose with it, again scolding no verbally.
They new very well they were wrong. I don't like 'smacking' etc, unless it's a correction in the act which thankfully i cought them this time.
They had toys, they had been run around, they had been trained, they had been good all day.... so now I don't understand....... what were they thinking.