My puppy is four months old and we have crate trained her since she was 6 weeks old. We keep her in the crate during the day while we are at work and she sleeps in it at night. Fortunately my brother in law has lived with us since Mandy has been with us and he works 2nd shift so she is only in the crate from 8 am to about 10 am and then he leaves for work about 2:30 pm that puts her in the crate from 2:30 pm to about 6:30 pm. My BIL will be moving out on May 3rd so this will put her in the crate much longer then I would like but I really don't want her to destroy my house if we left her out. My question is at what age do you start to leave them out of the crate during the day to test them? How long of a period should you leave them out? Should I put her in the bathroom with a baby gate first? I just hate the thought of her being in her crate from 8 am until 1 pm when I go home for lunch then back in the crate from 2pm to 6:30 pm. and then having to sleep in her crate at night. That just seems like too much time in the crate. So if I could start testing her and seeing how she does left out of the crate while we are not there I would feel so much better. What are some of your suggestions? Thanks a bunch!
what time does she go to bed and what time does she get up? thats a long time in her crate but i think she can handle it. Cassidy (my puppy) is prolly in there that long and shes fine w/ it. shes even in her crate sometimes when she could be out and running about.
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We started at this age leaving Albie out during the day. We started by babygating him in the kitchen with the crate in there and door open while we were home, gradually increasing the amount of time he spent in there, then tried leaving him there while we left for brief amounts of time. Unfortunately he didn't take to that very well, so now he is still in the crate while we are gone. We will try again when Dora is more trustworthy, and then maybe he won't feel as anxious being out alone. If we are going to be gone for long periods of time we take them to my mom's house and my sister puppysits them. We also looked into a dog sitting service, but they like going to visit their Aunt Beez in the country on the weekends Nikki and I both work.
At 6 months, my youngest puppy cannot be out and about when I am at work. He still will pick up anything off the floor and try to chew on it. I don't think that's too long, as more than likely he will be sleeping anyway when you are gone. Definitely, make sure you take him outside alot and give him lots of exercise when you are home, to balance it out.