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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 09:02 PM
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house freedom depends on the dog and your training.
when my dog was 4 months old he wasn't crated.
from 4 months to 8 months he was fine. then at
8 months he decided to eat the house and everything
in it. from 8 months to 1 yr old, maybe longer, he was
crated when we weren't home. after that he was out
of the crate 24/7 and there was no problems.
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Out of the crate at night at 4 months. She was out of the crate permanently between 6-7 months. We had some potty training issues, if it wasn't for those I'm positive she would have been out of the crate permanently much earlier. She doesn't destroy anything, but she does move my pillows around on my couch everyday. I think that she puts them where she wants them so she can sleep comfortably. When my mom was dying the dogs were alone a lot while I was with my mom, sometimes they held it 8-10 hours. I prefer to have them out every 4-6 hours. They did very well when I needed them to.

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Ours has had entire freedom of the main level of our house since she came home at 8 weeks. She has our two cavalier king charles spaniels to keep her company so she has never destroyed anything except the countless squeaky and fury toys we leave during the 8 or 9 hours we are at work. The floor is hard wood so the month of puppy pad training wasn't too bad. She is now 5.5 months and waits until we get home to potty outside with the very occasional accident. We have never crated her, or our other two. If your dog has company and you have patience, I don't think there is ever any need to crate. I have never done it and owned many dogs. Firm guidance, lots of patience and accepting there will be accidents is all that's needed.

If you have guides your dog when you are with it to not destroy things I'm sure she will be fine.

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As I was chatting with my breeder about Beau's tendencies to get into imaginative trouble in the house, well, everywhere, she said his mom was somewhere between 3 and 4 years old before she could trust her. I can see that. I just heard last week that his uncle was caught walking around on the kitchen counters and trashed a garage before that.

At least he is mellow in his crate. I have had others who were fine around 6 months.

Oh the housebreaking part was easy. He was I guess 10 weeks when we got him? Never had an accident. Not one. He is 18 months now.


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Nala was easy to house break and was totally house broke by 11 weeks as far as going potty goes. We let her sleep out of the crate at night by 5 months. However I still have to say " leave it" far to many times at nine months to allow her freedom of the house when we are not home. Fortunately we are rarely away from home where she is crated for more than 3 or 4 hours.
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It all depends on the dog.

My girl Tessa was the perfect puppy. House trained by 9 weeks and totally trustworthy in the house by herself by 12 weeks.

Of my current pack only 2 are 100% trustworthy alone (day or night). Everyone else is crated when we are gone for more than an hour.
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Glad you said that, Lauri because it makes me MUCH more
comfortable saying Tamsen was out of the crate (and wasn't
a dog to ever go back to it) and trustworthy at 12 weeks, too!


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