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Old 10-28-2012, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default When Did You Fully Trust Your Dog(s) In The House?

When did some of you fully trust your dogs in the house unsupervised or are their some of you who still can't trust your dogs not to get into trouble unless you are able to watch them?

For me I wasn't able to leave my oldest dog in the home unsupervised until about 4 months after I adopted her. Now I can stay gone all day if I have to,and know that the house will be the same way as I left it.
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Pups were about 7 months old when I trusted them. I did short sessions first to be sure they were reliable.

Kacie my rescue was good from day one, though I did crate her for a few months to be sure she was trustworthy. I've only come home to accidents a few times. One time they killed a lovebird that escaped his cage and once a houseplant was dug up. They are all three out in the house on a daily basis unsupervised. I'm really, really lucky!!
If necessary, the dogs are fine crated...and I do have a couple set up so they can go in one when they want. When I leave in the morning, one of the dogs~usually Karlo or Kacie will go into a crate just out of habit, it's funny how they get set in their ways.
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I've never left my dogs in the house unsupervised. They'd probably be fine, but we have a chain link pen in the garage with a dog door to a secure outside run, so there's really no need to have them stay in the house. Also, I have two cats, and when we're gone THEY get the run of the house.
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Pup is a 14 months old and not trusted in the house. She is house-broken in that I KNOW she wouldn't pee/poo unless I kept her inside for too long. But I do not trust her to not chew up things without supervision.
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My oldest was adopted at 10 months, never needed a crate. The golden was potty trained at 12 weeks and never chewed anything...he was out of the crate really early, but he had the option of sleeping in there any time he wanted. The GSD was out of the crate at night at 4 months, it took her about a week to figure out night time was sleeping time, not chasing the cats time. The GSD didn't care for the crate from day 1. She was in there until she was about 6 months or so. Now all three dogs and the cats have free roam of the house when I'm not home with no problems. On days that I'm off work all they do is sleep, so I'm guessing that is what they do when I'm at work.
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Oh, to amend to my response, my dog sleeps with me at night and not in her crate. I trust her at night but not when I am not home.
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still dont fully trust mine she has her own bedroom if i can't watc her tho


i think her czech/belgian just mature later i am guessing after 3 she will mature more I hope.

Wonder if others noticed the same type of thing.

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Duke is 100% trustworthy in the house. When I got him at 2 years old, he was already that way. He's one of the best house dogs I've ever had. Even after bringing out his drives and picking up his energy levels... he is still a perfect gentleman in the house. We still crate at feeding time, while we are at work (unless I have a short shift or if our work schedules are opposite), and still 70% of nights. However, from the time we get home to bed time, he's out... even if we have to leave the house.

Zira is almost 2. I still do not trust her at ALL! I'm not sure I ever will. She is not a house dog. If her mind isn't working, she's destructive. You have to watch her like a hawk. Not an easy dog to handle in the house.

Storm.... most likely, never. She's trouble.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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my dog was out of the crate at 4 months. everything
was fine untill he turned 8 months old. then he decided
to eat the house and everything in it except for my GF
an I. from 8 months old untill he was 1 yr old or 1&1/2 yrs
old he was crated. he was only crated when we weren't home.
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It is hard to remember, I'd say about 5 months old. She really did not destroy anything, it was more about the potty training. When Molly was along with my daughter when she was a puppy, Molly would make a collection of things in the upstairs hallway while my daughter was taking a shower.
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