sleep without a crate? She is 1 years old right now, and she is pretty well behaved and does not go to the bathroom in the house. We are moving soon so I was thinking of giving her full roaming access to the house (except living room and dinning room) Also she can walk without a leash when she is in a heal, so she is very good on walks. But the thing is she loves to steal things and when she does take them she will growl at me when I am trying to get it away from here (I am working on the growling part) Also, how do I convince my mom to let her roam around the house and sleep without a crate. My mom doesn't want her to because we will have brand new furniture. I was thinking of buying baby gates to block off the two rooms she will not be allowed in. I feel bad for her because she doesn't like her cage and seems like she is lonley in there. So when should she be able to sleep without a crate and have full roaming access?
Or should I block Nala's room with a baby gate and then later on block the foyer and dinning and family room so she could have access to the kitchen and her room and then slowly unblock the other rooms. But I will never let her in the dinning and living room when no one is in there with her. So it will be blocked off for the most part.
If you feel she's ready the go ahead but since your mom doesn't want her to I suggest you get baby gates like you said to block off the areas she's not supposed to be in.
I have used baby gates on all of my dogs and they work fine for me. I currently have two gates, one is the kind that you just put in a door way and the other can be turned into different shapes, including a play pen.
They are pretty inexpensive and last for a long time.
I know that I'm probably breaking all sorts of rules, but we already let Bijou have free reign of the house at any time of day and she's only 5 and a half months. I can't remember the last time she had an accident and she's not really much of a 'search and destroy' kinda dog.
Plus, the house is pretty well puppy-proofed.
I say put up anything you really care about, gate off any areas with easily stained carpet, and go for it!
Thanks. The only problem with the new house is that in the downstairs area there are no doors except to Nala's room (aka guest bedroom) and bathroom and secong stair case and pantry. So I will have to buy a lot of baby gates.
I think I will crate her for the first month in the new house. And I am going to keep everything off of the counters so she doesn't have anything to steal. And I will have her toys out for her. Anytime I see her take something off of the counter I correct her. She still has a puppy brain so she is a little mischevious at times.
we just started letting snowball sleep with us when she turned 2. snoop (20 mos) cant because he's too wiggly. and our bed is too small for 2 people and 2 dogs and my bf refuses to give up his spot and go to the couch. ha ha. but she is confined to our room only when we are sleeping. but she has free roam of the house during the day, as shes been trustworthy since about 12 or 14 mos old