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03-01-2014 02:38 PM
Sitz&Platz It depends on the dog. Dexter has had full run of the house at all times since he was 6 months old. He wasn't crated, except for the first week. But he's an exception, if you say no to something once, he understands and doesn't do it again.

My lab had free run of the house after he turned one, and then he ate our couch. So he went to solitary confinement for a few months when he stayed home alone, and after that he got his freedom back. Never destroyed anything again.

My Maltese was crated for the first 2 years, not because she was destructive, but she took forever to be housebroken.
03-01-2014 11:29 AM
Prediluted We have had Sadie for about three weeks and she does not have full run of the apartment at all, thought she will get there.

We have been slowly increasing her free time, and just home alone in the crate time. When we first got her and we left she would pace like crazy and work herself up into a panicked loud crying frenzy. As she learned we are coming back, she will still pace like crazy and then counter surf. Leaving her in the crate keeps her much calmer and doesn't let her work herself up by pacing everywhere.

She has been improving though, so I imagine eventually she will have full run of most of the place, if not all, one day.

Just slowly increase there alone time to build your own confidence and theirs.
03-01-2014 11:20 AM
Twyla We went through a couple of different trials of leaving uncrated at night, got into things, ended back in the crate for a bit, then tried again. Now they are successfully out of crate overnight.

As far as leaving out of crate when we are out. Both are crated, simply because .. well Woolf being Woolf <sigh>. Woolf also likes to push Shadow hard sometimes to play GSD style and she isn't having it. I'd rather be here to step in and stop it before it goes further then her telling him to back off.

As far as potty issues, neither have regressed once trained. Even during the time Shadow was dealing with UTI and stones, she would bust before having an accident.
03-01-2014 11:13 AM
vicky2200 With all but one of my four dogs, they had free run around 6 months old. I just removed the dangerous/expensive items from their reach and went from there.

Although many people on here do not agree with my methods, I have found that it works (for me and every dog I have ever had) to correct behavior after you get home. For example: I come home and the dog ripped to shreds the bag of newspaper. I would point to the paper and say no, or bad. It worked by 6 months of age with every dog except Daisy, simply because she loves trash. It took her until about a year to leave the trash alone if it was put up (she can reach it, but it takes more work). If I leave it down, at 4.5 years old, she will still get in it every time.
03-01-2014 11:05 AM
MichaelE Lisl finally has free run of the house when I'm not home after three previous failed attempts.

I don't think she was mature enough to handle that amount of freedom when she was younger, but she is now 16 months old and is doing fine.

She has been potty trained since last February, but I couldn't trust her not to get into things while on her own until a month or so ago.

In fact, on Thursday of this past week I finally folded up her crate and stowed in in the garage. It's always there if needed, but I don't anticipate that happening.

I have worked very hard with Lisl to teach her what was hers and what was mine and that she is never to touch anything in the house that doesn't belong to her. She's very smart and I'm glad that it has clicked with her.

There is a lot of stuff here for her to get into if she really wanted to, but she's been a very good girl for me.

03-01-2014 01:13 AM
boomer11 mine has had full run of the house ever since he could hold it for more than 4 hours. i find that when people are home then he is lively and is a brat to get attention but when he is home alone he'll just nap and content to lay around. now at 10 months he is home from 8-5 with no problems. my house is one of those houses that is cluttered with all kinds of stuff laying around too.

i think CONSISTENTLY showing them when they are little what they can or cant play with is important. fair but firm is also important. exercise when you are home with them is probably the most important.
03-01-2014 12:56 AM
llombardo I haven't had one that has gone backwards. Once they earn the right out of the crate they have free roam of house. I have 5 dogs and only one in a crate. I put the garbage can away because the oldest has always had an issue with that, so I just remove it and that takes care of that. Robyn does grab my shoe and sleeps with it, she doesn't eat it, but she keeps it right by her. The cats also have free roam. Every now and then I come home to them curled up together. They don't have accidents or eat anything while I'm gone, if they did I probably wouldn't know who it was anyway.
03-01-2014 12:54 AM
Shaolin I don't allow full run of the house unless someone is around. Chey got into clothes detergent that was up on a washing machine and was sick for a week and Abi gets into everything, even things that should be too tall for her to get into.

There's too many hidden nasties that I think are hidden that the pups find their way into. I'd rather be "mean" and keep them kenneled versus them getting into something. Chey got into the detergent and if it weren't for noticing we were down a lot of the little Pods things, we never would have known and wouldn't have done a vet trip until it was too late.

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03-01-2014 12:49 AM
Originally Posted by Annie2320 View Post
Personally I would never allow my dogs full run of the house, all of the dangers, plugs and wires just for starters. From your message i read that you will never fully trust them and will always worry about what they are getting up to. My dogs all 4 are confined to the kitchen, all possible dangers are removed, theres nothing left lying about otherwise it will be destroyed. They have their beds, toys (kong filled with treats and sealed with peanut butter and then frozen), each other, plenty of water, if its a hot day I leave the window open for them and the radio. My dogs are happy and they sleep, the neighbours never complain and they dont even bark when i come home. When I did let them have run of living room and kitchen I lost track of the destroyed stuff cos the next time it would be something else I hadnt thought to move and it was getting far too expensive. Now i know they are happy, secure and safe and that means we are all happy. Good luck!!!
Question: you don't think its dangerous to have 4 dogs confined to one room? Even a bigger kitchen puts them on top of each other and then treats and toys are thrown into the mix ? I think that could be dangerous.
03-01-2014 12:36 AM
Chip18 Back in 2000 when I got my first dog I restricted his access till he was potty trained. His first day at home he destroyed a remote control. In retro spec it looked like a chew toy.

Eight hours was to long but that was it no potty accidents no couch eating, no counter surfing perfect. New puppy same deal..well the Boxer/Pitt mix did go nuts on a new bundle of paper towels and toilet
paper left on the floor!

Those were my Bully Mix and Boxer and Rocky my GSD 7 months same deal was allowed out with those guys and no problem at all.

The one thing they had in common was Sit Stay Down and recall, I never used a crate had never seen one!
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