Crating my Personal Protection Dog
After staying home for 16 years, I'm planning to return to work. My husband took a major hit on income in 2015 and it's time for me to step up and start contributing financially to the household. I can't leave my dogs (GSD, 2) and (Siberian Husky, 13) alone to roam in the house; so I'm wondering how long I can crate them.
Here's some background: We are unable to leave the dogs outside for three reasons: the fence is too insecure, coyotes and we have a harassing neighbor (I wouldn't put it past him to try to poison our dogs). Things got so bad with psycho next door, that we retained an attorney to issue a cease and desist letter and threaten him with a restraining order; hence the reason for the personal protection dog.
Whenever I leave to run errands, the dogs stay in their crates, so they don't mind them (the classical music we play helps), but I'm wondering if you have any tips as to how I can acclimate them to staying in the crates for a longer period of time on a daily basis. For example, starting off by crating them two hours per day while I'm home, and increasing it by one hour as the week progresses...toys I can buy to entertain them...that sort of thing.