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The overwhelming opinion is that crate training is the way to go, and I've read plenty of threads on it, but I haven't seen anything on how to "wean" your dog off the crate, eventually letting them have free run of the house.

The way my parents did it when I was growing up (and in retrospect I don't agree with a lot of their training methods) was that the dog stayed crated at night and when everyone was gone for maybe 6 to 8 months or so...until no more accidents, house manners were learned (no chewing, etc) and they learned to lay down and chill, that is, not overly playful all the time. Then there was maybe a small period of time where the dog was crated only during the day, but allowed to sleep out at night. Then the crate was taken away and the dog had FRotH.

Now I think it's worth saying that my parents mistakenly used the crate as a punishment tool (e.g. dog has an accident, slap on the butt, NO!, taken outside briefly, then into the crate it goes), so potty training and house manners may have taken much longer with our dogs than it should have.

But my question is...what steps at what ages do you take with your dogs to remove the crate and let them have FRotH, or do you even let them at all? Even when they are allowed FRotH do you still keep the crate set up just in case?
 

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I can't see why you would want your dog to have FRotH while you're not there. You never know if they might get the urge to eat something and that something gets stuck and they choke to death while you're not there. Blake has never stayed outside of his crate when we're not there. It is just too dangerous. Just my 2 cents.
 

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Aloha, All. Hope everyone is having a reflective and restful Memorial Day Weekend. Rasa has FRotH 24/7 me being here or not. Even the storage room that I keep her food. She knows it is HER domain when I am gone. I leave the house doors open and gate to the 3 acre yard open, but perimeter gates locked . There seems to be no dangerous things for her to get into. It works great and I don't even own a kennel. She just hangs out until I come back, but wish she would drink while I am gone. (but she is 4 1/4 years old too and is over the mischief stage).


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I crated Jake (a rescue) only when he was left alone.He was never crated at night or when I was home and NOT watching him.He never did anything wrong but the first time I left him free in house to go to work for 8 hrs I was a nervous wreck.He did not do anything the first day or any other day for more than 3 years he has had run of house.Jake will NOT either eat or drink when I am away.
 
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