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When can I stop crating my dog while away at work?

asked 2018-03-23 18:17:03 -0500

I have an 8 month old border collie mix dog and a 12 year old poodle/shih tzu dog.

Daily for work: I put the 8 month old in the crate for 3 hrs, return for lunch for 60 minutes (let dog out of crate), return her to the crate for another 3 hrs., have a dog walker give her a walk around the block for 30 minutes during this time, then re-crate her and come back home 2 hours later. Both dogs rarely has accidents in the house. The crating is basically to protect my old dog, because the puppy likes to nip at the old dog's legs.

I run her in the morning for 30 minutes and after work for 30 minutes daily. On the weekends, she is a completely out of her crate.

At what age can I leave her out of the crate? Thinking of putting in a doggie door as soon as she no longer is in the crate. Could anyone comment or advise?

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Help! I'm at my wits end! My dog who was outside trained has reverted back to poop in his kennel as I have returned to work and I leave him in his kennel so no marking occurs on my walls .. even after I walk him nearly 1 hour after his meal he refuses to potty out side. Wants to poop in the kennel?

Shawn L.'s profile image Shawn L.  ( 2018-06-08 20:16:41 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-03-24 06:13:05 -0500

There isn't one set answer to your question it really depends on the dog. This article may give you some tips https://www.cuteness.com/article/stop...

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answered 2018-05-02 10:35:58 -0500

I would start with just leaving her out for short periods of time and slowly building that up until you can trust her while you're gone for a full day at work. I think a doggie door is a good idea to allow her to go outside and potty if she needs to while you're gone! You just have to be comfortable with her being in the backyard by herself and know she won't dig out or anything. Good luck!

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