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12-21-2013 08:01 AM
Angelina03 Rocco sleeps loose in our room since about 4 months. At 8 months I slowly began to let him loose in the house without us. I started with just leaving the house for about 5-10 minutes, then about 30 minutes, then an hour, and so on... Within a couple of months, he was staying alone in the house all day. He's even stayed up to 12 hours once (hubby had to go to hospital) and no mess whatsoever. I do close all the bedroom doors, make sure there is nothing out that he can get to, put the cats in the rooms, and secure the trash. I used to leave him a kong stuffed with marshmallows, but haven't in a while. I think he sleeps most of the day...

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12-21-2013 06:37 AM
Arlene/Archer As a matter of interest, we left him and the cat in last yesterday evening when we went for dinner, he slept on the stairs as usual, the cat was soundly asleep in the sofa in the living room. No problems with either of them getting along.
12-21-2013 06:34 AM
Arlene/Archer Archer has had free roam of the house since we got him at 13 weeks. Never had a problem with him chewing or doing anything else. We both work from home and always made sure he had plenty of calf ears and so on to chew as a pup, plus working from home meant we could correct as we went along. At 21 months ( as he is now) he's a gem in a house, and likes to sleep on the landing when we are out, so he can see through the glass panel in the front door. We've never crated him.
12-21-2013 12:28 AM
wolfy dog 1.5 years generally.
12-20-2013 10:46 PM
vicky2200 Dakota- probably could have when he was 8 weeks, but someone was always home with him until he was much older.
Ditto- 5 months
Daisy- 9 months with the trash put up
Weegee- 4 months

We generally start with small trips away and build up longer outings. I just pick up anything important/dangerous and leave them. When they are very young I might confine them to a room or shut some doors to keep them out.
12-20-2013 09:55 PM
dogfaeries Contemplating leaving soon-to-be-10-months-old Russell out tonight when we go to bed. He's a pretty good boy the majority of the time. I'm just a teeny bit worried he might want to snack on a chair while I'm asleep, but he will be loose with the big girls. All they do when the lights are out is sleep, so I think I might chance it. I have a dog door, so I know he'll let himself out if he needs to go.

I just want to sleep past 7:30, without having to get up to let him out...
12-20-2013 09:50 PM
Minoli I didn't clarify that he had free roam when we were at home/going to bed since about 4 months.

He has broken out of almost every crate he has had, so we have to put carabiners on all 4 corners and on the door to prevent it.
12-20-2013 08:30 AM
wolfstraum Csabre is 10 and Komet 2 - they still get crated when I am not home and leave them....

Not because of what they might destroy....but because I live in a residential area and people walk up and down the street, with and without dogs....they take affront to this. All territory they can see (and hear) is theirs....a loose dog in my front yard can cause such intense protest that I can see the window is not hard to imagine a broken window and a dog going through for everyone's safety, if I am not here, dogs are crated. They can be loose at night - but apparently there have been some loose dogs or raccoons around at 4am ish.....sigh...

12-20-2013 03:16 AM
Benson** Our past 2 GSDs were never crated and had free roam all the time, i don't think they destroyed anything (i was only a kid!), our current pup was crated for about a week or so and has free roam of the down stairs, during the day and night, when everyone is at work he's only alone for a few hours tops, 5 months old and so far so good, apart from yesterday morning when i came down to find kibble everywhere! My mum hadn't taken him for his early morning walk, thats the only time he's made any sort of mess at all

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12-20-2013 12:32 AM
Discoetheque Discoe started getting free roam of my room at night around 6 months. At around 10 months, I extended that to my bedroom, and the hallway at night. I think I began trusting her around the house at around 14-18 months, first for little increments (a couple of hours), and finally for full, 8 hour work shifts. A couple of times, I came home to things rearranged (plants moved, things taken out of one room and put in another), but only once or twice in 4 years time have come home to anything really destroyed (she took the tassels off a throw pillow, once).
I do have to put trash away, though. She likes to rummage through wastepaper baskets. Past that, she's a model dog when left home alone: stays off the furniture and doesn't touch anything.

Our Pekingese has always had free roam. He's never been crated and never destroyed anything.
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