|10-26-2013 11:03 AM|
My GSD was crated at night and during the day until he was 6 months old. When he was 6 months old I left his crate door open and kept my door shut so he slept in my room with me. When he was 2 years old I took his crate away. He has been completely crate free for 2.5 years now.
My Dalmatian puppy sleeps in my bed at night and is only crated for 5.5 hours a day.
Can you puppy proof your bedroom and have your puppy sleep in your room at night with your door closed?
|10-26-2013 10:41 AM|
Crating is ok, but I understand why you don't want him crated every day. Maybe alternate crate and daycare days? Make sure he gets lots of exercise after a crate day, he'll be fine. Don't give him away for no reason.
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|10-26-2013 10:04 AM|
Could you try a dog walker? We looked into doggy day care but found a nearby dog walker who is cheaper, we trust more and comes to our house, and takes our puppy (younger, just over 3 months) on two 15 minute walks and feeds him lunch since we can't be with him from 8am-3pm a few days each week. She also offers one 30 minute walk or an hour walk with other dogs for when he gets older.
If you can give Max some exercise first thing in the morning before you both leave for work, and then have someone come mid-day to give him a break and then give him exercise/mental stimulation in the evening and on weekends... I would imagine he would be fulfilled and happy!
|10-26-2013 04:37 AM|
|volcano||How devoted are you to your dog?|
|10-25-2013 11:28 PM|
|Msmaria||I work 6 or 7 days a week. My kids work full time/part time and college. We take advantage of daycare, some days he will be there 8 hours, some days 4 hours and some days will be crate days at home or with me at work. You should see our calendar. Crate days we make sure to take him walking morning and night. We also go to training 1 to 2 times a week. Having to go to a class means i cant blow it off..lol. Its alot of work, but its possible to keep them happy.|
|10-25-2013 08:27 PM|
|10-25-2013 06:57 PM|
My 8 month old Russell goes to work with me everyday, but he is crated at work. He spends 90 percent of that time sleeping. I take him out to pee a couple of times while I'm working.
When he's home and we are awake, he is not crated. Bedtime, in the crate. In the morning while I get ready for work, he's out and about. I did this with my other 2 GSDs and it worked out fine.
If it was me, I would crate him while you all are at work, and have someone come over to let him out for a few minutes to stretch and potty. Leave him out when you are home, put him in his crate to sleep.
It's not forever. He'll grow up soon enough, and the crate won't be an issue. My girls are not crated when I'm gone.
|10-25-2013 12:20 PM|
Most dogs can tolerate this its just a matter of making sure the time they spend out of the crate is quality time. I personally try to make sure they are exercised a minimum of 30 mins off leash every day with training whenever the opportunity presents itself. I make sure to reserve 3-4 days a week where I can dedicate an hour in one stretch we go for a hike and do a full 1 hour of obedience training. And of course house time with the family when neither of the above things are happening.
The biggest realization I had... my dogs sleep during the day anyway. Even when I bring them to work they just sleep. And that's what they do in their crate when no one is home.
|10-25-2013 12:11 PM|
Crating isn't awful, we both work full time so both dogs are crated when we're gone. They're crated for a max of 8 hours with a 20 minute break in the middle, but they're giving lots of exercise, training, and play time. They're never crated more then they have to be and they're happy and healthy
I would rather crate and know they're safe then leave a puppy alone where they can chew and destroy and otherwise get into trouble. At 7 months your dog may be old enough to leave unattended but he may not be, Delgado is almost 2 now and still crated when we're not home as I know he will get into trouble if left more then 30 minutes, he gets bored and makes his own fun.
As long as the crate is large and comfy the dog should just sleep and doesn't care whether you're gone one hour or three hours. Personally I do my best never to leave them more then 4 hours but they've gone 6 before
|10-25-2013 12:10 PM|
Are you guys home in the evening to take care of him? A lot of the owners on here crate during the day and while they are asleep.
How about taking him to daycare? I just think giving him away because of the inability to take him to work during the day is a silly reason to get rid of him.
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