Weaning Lisl from the Crate
When Lisl was five months old she figured out how to open the latches on her crate. I couldn't figure out how she was doing it and I still haven't.
While she was out she behaved herself for the most part. I have cables and signal wire running around everywhere, expensive instruments and recording equipment as well as what you would find in most normal homes today.
She didn't bother any of it. But, she loved to remove the laces from my Adidas shoes for some reason. I don't know why she would do this and not eat up the shoe as well, or any number of other shoes and work boots that I have.
I couldn't train her not to do this after four sets of laces in these shoes so I just started closing the door. I didn't want to do this as I wanted her to be able to have free run of the house but I didn't want to have to closet my shoes in a private room.
Last week I started trying to wean her once again out of her crate. At 11 months she has matured and is more disciplined than she was six months ago. I still keep the door closed to the room with the shoes and boots.
She hasn't chewed or drug out anything. She has left my books alone (three different book cases), cables and instruments are fine, and furniture has been intact. She has a large amount of toys to choose from and a lot of things of hers to chew on.
Last week and the first part of this week I would leave her alone no more than four hours at a time. Yesterday I increased that time to five and a half hours. Today, she will be alone for four and a half hours, and then I come home for dinner and then she will be by herself another five and a half hours.
I leave The Weather Channel on for her and a living room lamp. She's very excited to see me when I come in the door in the evening and I'm very proud of her potty training and her overall behavior in the house alone.
She hasn't had an accident in the house since she was three or four months. That is the least that I worry about when she is alone.
I thought I would let you all know how Lisl has been doing lately.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf