|03-18-2014 02:33 PM|
The other thing you can do is pick up an ex-pen if you have the room to set it up somewhere. This is good for times when you're around, but don't have your full attention on your pup, like if you're cooking a meal or cleaning etc.
It allows it a bit more room to move and play, but still keeps it safely contained. I wouldn't use an ex-pen if you aren't home though (they are not as secure as a crate), that would be a good time to crate.
|03-17-2014 05:39 PM|
The only times mine are crated are the times LaRen posted.
Otherwise, when I get a puppy it is always loose in the house with me supervising.
|03-17-2014 01:57 PM|
|03-17-2014 01:50 PM|
|03-17-2014 01:46 PM|
1) You are not home
2) It is bed time and you cannot trust the puppy out of it's crate
3) You are really busy and you can't keep your eyes on him/her
Puppies should be in their crates as little as possible, they need to stretch, play, explore and and enjoy life.
My puppy was only crated while I was away at work, when I got home he was crate free for the rest of the day and he never had to be crated at night time either.
|03-17-2014 01:17 PM|
|Airman1stclass||So my wife has the day off and she is letting our puppy stay out of the crate because he has pottied outside and she sais he isn't leaving her side and being really good. Should the puppy still be crated? Or it is ok for him to be outside of his crate for a couple hours straight.|
|03-14-2014 07:15 PM|
|03-14-2014 02:49 PM|
|Airman1stclass||Thanks everyone for the advice. He is doing good right now with the blanket over him. But I don't always want him covered up. I want him to be able to see us and know we are here. So I will be trying some crate games soon as he wakes up.|
|03-14-2014 01:05 PM|
Order Crate Games.
Start throwing in pieces of food and make a game of it so he knows good things are in the crate.
|03-14-2014 12:57 PM|
I also dangled my fingers by the crate and fell asleep. It's still by my bed and my dog is 15 months old. It didn't take her long to quiet down at night, but leaving during the day was harder for her. I'd just shut the door and go and let her howl it out
Also, I found all my neighbors and told them the scenario and promised that it would quiet down soon. "Hey guys I got a new puppy, it might be loud for a few days and I'm really sorry, please understand and just know I'm doing my best to keep the monster quiet" They were all totally cool with it as long as they got to play with her :P and I live in an apartment complex so the walls are really thin...
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