I feel really bad because my puppy who is 5 months has NEVER been confined all day and now that my brother in law has moved out we have to confine her while we are at work. I was wondering if you guys think it's better to confine her in bathroom or if it's better to leave her in her crate. The crate is a nice size and very comfy but also thought that I could put her in the bathroom with the crate so if she wanted to get in it she could....my only concern is if she will chew up the cabinets or the woodwork. I have a chew detergent spray that I could put on everything, but it really didn't work on her leash so not sure if it will work on anything else. What do you all think I should do? I just feel so bad for my puppy!!! Thanks!
She seems to be pretty well potty trained so I think she may be ok in th bathroom. Plus I do have pee pee pads although she's never used them. I just feel so bad for her to stay in a crate for so many hours.
I would keep her in the crate, and see if you couldn't find anyone willing to let her out midday, or if you get a lunch hour coming home to do so. If she is housebroken, a better option might be getting a x-pen and leaving the crate inside of that. But Im sure that she would rather be in her "den" all day with some toys, maybe a stuffed KONG or something to chew, and meet you when you come home in a good mood happy to see her,than to be confined in an only slightly larger area alone all day and be met by a momma who is grouchy because the furniture has been chewed on! The chewing phase won't last too much longer, then give her more household freedom. BTW at 5 months old and almost housebroken, now is NOT the time to be introducing "pee pads." It will only cause more problems.
I would use the biggest x pen I could find. I don't like to see a dog crated up all day, that's why I don't sell my dogs to people with both working. X-pen, or gated part of the house, that's my opinion.
Unless you know she can FOR SURE go the entire time you're gone without a potty break don't crate her. If you crate a dog longer than they can physically hold it, they just have accidents in their crates. I never crate a puppy for 8+ hours until after they are 8-12 months (until their bladder and bowel are developed enough to be able to hold it that long) Especially with a small/medium breed dog. I like the X-pen idea and agree with Pen. That would be my recommendation as well. Invest in one, set it up in the middle of your kitchen or laundry room, and I would leave the housebreaking pad down. Paper training isn't as evil as some make it out to be. It's a great way for you to tell a puppy where accidents are allowed. I do this with all my puppies when I have to leave them unsupervised and they don't ever confuse the housebreaking pads with actually being allowed to potty inside.
If you can find someone to let her out midway through the day, that's great too.
My rule of thumb is ALWAYS that if you find your dog is crated more than it's outside of the crate then you shouldn't have a dog. I always cringe when people contact me looking for a puppy and say they plan to leave their puppy/dog crated the whole day AND put the dog in a crate to sleep at night. Most people would never buy a puppy from a breeder who crated their dogs for 20 hours a day - BUT a lot of pet owners think it's okay to crate their dogs at home that long. Dogs are den animals that like their crates - but especially with puppies - there is no good reason to crate them that long and it kind of voids the benefit of a crate. If they are crated longer than they can physically hold it, they have an accident, and then they start thinking it's okay to soil their crate because you've given them no choice.
Really, I don't crate unless I can hear the dog cry to let me know they need a potty break. For me, the crate is more about teaching them not to soil where they live and to teach them to communicate that they need to go outside. Most dogs will not soil their bed if they know they have another option. Mine are really good about once they figure out that when they cry, we go outside. So I find that within a couple of weeks I have a puppy who reliably lets me know even when they are loose in the house, that they need a potty break.
And I have no problem with people who work having a puppy - but I think they have to have the proper set up for that puppy to be well adjusted and happy. Crating most of the day and all night is not it. One of the first questions I ask a potential puppy buyer is where they plan to keep their puppy/dog when they aren't home. There is a reason why.
I'm really lucky for the fact I live so close to work and can go home for lunch. So She gets a potty break and gets to play for about 40 mins midday. Also she did great in the bathroom yesterday. She didn't have any accidents. Whoo hoo. I had a bunch of toys for her to chew on and play with. I got some new toys that are called Busy Buddy and it keeps her busy. Also, this morning I got up and took her on a nice walk. I plan on letting her run around the yard at lunch and my hubby and I always take her on a walk after work. So I think she may be alright. I figured I needed to take her on a walk in the mornings to burn some energy she may have.... Thank you for the advice everyone!