our puppy is 13 months old. she is crated all day while we are gone. i would like to leave her out to play, but i am not yet certain she can be trusted. how can i tell? we do leave her free on weekends, if we are going out, but the longes she has been out w/o a potty break is 5 hrs or so. i am very reluctant, b/c at about 7 mos, she was being kept in the kitchen an dste the lineoleum floor. she was teethign, but still. i am even more reluctant, now that the floor is new... there is no way we could stop home during the day, and i have no neighbors that are home either. my bf is convinced she will chew on the furniture. im not sure why he thinks that, b/c in the 10 mos we've had her ive never seen her attempt to chew on the furniture. i wonder if she could, or would, hold her potty for that long. she holds it in her crate, but if shes out running around, playing with the cat, i worry. i hate cleaning up accidents! (who doesn't?) also, what can i get her to keep her attention during the day? b/c a king, or buster cube, once the treat is gone, so is her attention. plus, at 12 lbs, if she eats a kong filling or buster cube treats, theres no more appetite for dinner and dog food, and thats not good. sorry so long and discombobulated...thanks for any advice!
You have to break sure she is completely house broken first, try having her out while you ARE there so you can keep an eye on her and see how she reacts for however many hours you are planning to leave her unattended. Correct her if she does things she shouldn't be doing, so that she can remember that even if you aren't there. Most people would suggest you never leave a dog out like that, unattended and I probably would at least make sure she doesn't have the whole house to herself, or you might find a surprise tucked away in some corner. If you have a fenced in yard, that's probably your better bet. I used to leave my dogs out in the yard for hours at a time if the weather was good, and the worst problem I ever had was that they would dig every now and then. A hole in the lawn is much cheaper to repair, than a chewed up leather sofa, however.
try it in baby steps first. first try it at a hal an hour at a time when you run out to do errands and such. as she is trusted extend her periods of time alone until she can be left alone all day. i personally wouldn't leave the dog outside all alone. there are too many things they can get into and suppose one day she decids to hop your fence?
I'm with scout. Do it gradually and in a confined area. I won't leave my dogs outside when I'm not home because you never know. I have posted vefore about the time someone took my Samoyed pup out of my back yard. Just too risky, although I know people do it all the time.
we are up to about 5-6 hours on the weekends. i would block off the upstairs, so she'd be confined to the living, dining room and kitchen. she is great when we are home with her, and really only potties once or twice, at most during the day. that would be my only concern, not the furniture. ven if i had a fenced yard, she's 12 lbs. no way id leave her out on her own. she'd be hawk food in no time. any suggs on things to entertain tham for a while (other then the cat...)
we started snowball out roaming free this week. so far so good. i dont think the cat is too happy about it, though. an dthey somehow managed to get themselves locked in the bathroom together yesterday. i couldnt find either of them, then i heard these sad noises from the bathroom.... there they were, like peas in a pod, trapped in there. goof balls...
Minnie's at 8 months now, and I am just starting to let her roam when I am not home. After I make sure the garbage can is in the bathroom, of course! The longest I've left her is about 30 minutes, and she seems to be doing okay with it - I'm just afraid that she and the cat will get into it (they do alot) and the cat will end up hurt before I return. regarding where I let her roam - she has the kitchen/dining room area and the living room, the bedrooms and bathroom are off limits
Toby is 7 months, and I was wondering the same thing. I think I am going to confine him to the kitchen or a small area with a gate and maybe a puppy pad in case of an emergency. Is this not a good idea? I mean about the puppy pad. I have a friend who's pup is 8 months old and he will go potty outside when she is home. If she isn't home, she will leave a puppy pad down and he will use that. It seems like a great situation to me. Now that school is starting, my son won't be home to take care of him in the day, and I hate the thought of him being in that crate for so long. (I work all day)
we tried her at 7-8 mos old. a disaster- too much puppy left in her- she ate the linoleum in the kitchen. resulted in me getting a new floor. so we crated her. then we started slow- 30 mins here, an hour there, then longer and longer, up to 5-6 hrs at a time. the cat has a door to the basement so i dont worry about that. just make sure your pups are done with the chewing phase- or you may be sorry when you get home. i was more worried about accidents than chewing, but so far, so good...knock on wood... and instead of confining her to the kitchen we let her have the downstairs- all the upstairs is locked up. and i leave the radio on, and fill buster cubes, kongs, hollow bones, or some of them to keep her occupied.
Are you suggesting that I should wait a little longer? I can still crate him if I need to. I don't want him to destroy my kitchen. I would be more afraid of him eating something that might make him sick, like the floor or cabinets.