All those discussions I keep reading online about Shibas not to be trusted on their own has made me nervous about leaving her at home by herself. Maggie is pretty good about not destroying things around the house. The only thing she has semi-destroyed are my slippers and a cardboard box. I guess we are blessed with such a good dog for a Shiba. In any case, I will be going back to work after having spent almost 3 months everyday at home with her. I purchased a Carlson pet gate with cat door which has proven to be very effective. She has the whole kitchen to roam around, which I'm sure she won't be too happy about.