|08-25-2014 02:10 AM|
|08-25-2014 01:24 AM|
I tried letting her out of her crate while I was at work and putting up the bathroom trash and kitchen trash, and that was OK for a week or so, but then she wanted to drag the throw rugs in the living room into the kitchen.???
I don't know why.
She also tore up a couple of bedroom pillows.
Another few months of locking her up tight in her crate and teaching her what was hers and what was mine helped. I was using MasterLock padlocks by now to keep her in hr crate. She never soiled her crate, but she really didn't want to be in there and I could see it in her eyes that she really wanted another chance at being in the house by herself.
She got a few more chances when she was a year old, 14months and finally the big milestone of 16 months when she could finally be trusted outside of her crate all day without me there.
She has been a perfect Countess since then without any incidences, potty or otherwise.
I have a lot of audio cabling running around my house, along with power cables, but she has never bothered any of that even when she was escaping from her crate. It just never interested her. I always had something to steer her attention away from whatever it was that I didn't want her to bother.
|08-25-2014 12:49 AM|
I stopped crating Mystique when she was about 5 months old. Once she was done teething, she no longer chewed on anything so I tried leaving her out while I ran to the store one day. Got back about an hour later, she hadn't touched anything so I haven't crated her ever since.
She does still go in her crate on her own during the night to sleep, though. She starts out on my bed, but I think she gets too warm, because once she's satisfied that I'm settled and about to drift off, she jumps down and settles in her crate. The bad part is, she won't keep the nice bed I got for her in the crate. It's nice and soft but she drags it out and sleeps on the metal tray. I feel guilty about her sleeping on the hard metal but every time I put the bed in her crate, she drags it back out. Every single time. Silly pup.
|08-24-2014 10:00 PM|
|08-24-2014 09:44 PM|
Sometimes now when I come home she has all of her toys piled in front of the closed bathroom door.
I don't know why. I guess it's somewhere that she can keep an eye on them or know where all of them are. She doesn't have a crate set up anymore.
|08-24-2014 09:10 PM|
So this morning our Abbey did something even funnier... we were home all day with her today, so no kennel time. Well, I was upstairs cleaning, so my husband was watching her. While he was in the bathroom for a few minutes, he heard her running all over the house (up the stairs, down the stairs)... he came out of the bathroom and observed her going into just about every room in the house, and picking up each of her toys, one by one, and then placing them in a neat pile by the back door...
When she was finished, he opened the back door to take her out, and she didn't even try to take any of the toys outside, just stepped over the pile. I guess she just wanted them all right there, in that pile?
It's so funny, that she suddenly has these "missions" and when she's doing it there's no distracting her until she's finished... and then she seems really satisfied with herself. Too cute!
|08-23-2014 09:49 AM|
|MichaelE||When Lisl was a little pup she would drag all of her toys out of her crate too when I returned home from work.|
|08-23-2014 06:23 AM|
|llombardo||I don't even put the toys back in the toy box anymore. I used to put them away, go get the vacuum and by the time I plugged the vacuum in every toy was out again. It's the same thing outside, if I have to cut the grass I can't have the dogs out there whe I put the toys away. I put them away they look at me like uh no we want that one out here. As soon as I cut the grass and let them back out, toys are once again scattered everywhere.|
|08-23-2014 12:18 AM|
|Bear L||Haha... my persistence is wearing the dog down though. She's not doing it as much after a year of this "game."|
|08-23-2014 12:15 AM|
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