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We're actively working on the confidence issues and we have to work on the eating of the kleenex issues.

You could teach her ACHOOO! -by Tuck.
Kleenex have value if you GIVE them away ..NOT eat them! When you sneeze, Tuck hands you the tissue box
Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan? Curious how many choose to crate ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

mine, unfortunately, have to be crated when i'm not home for fight prevention purposes. i'd prefer to just keep them in separate rooms, but the layout of the house doesn't support that.
luce (4) has to be crated when i leave regardless because she'll try to go through windows. i suspect it's a touch of SA? she does fine and stays calm and collected in her crate, so i don't argue with success.

when i leave mushroom (4) home alone he stays loose. he's trustworthy and has never bothered anything.
i got both as adults. luce has never been crated at night. mushroom was crated at night for his first week, and then tethered to my bedframe at night to sleep on the dog bed on the floor for 2 weeks before he was granted bed priviledges.

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Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan? Curious how many choose to crate ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

I don't even own a crate anymore. Once Nikki was housebroken her crate became a place to store her toys, her blanket, and all my stolen socks. She is completely trustworthy in the apartment and hasn't even chewed on anything unappropriate since she was a puppy. When we recently moved into a different apartment, I really didn't have room for the crate so I sold it and Nikki now keeps her toys under an endtable. Her blanket has been permantly dragged onto my bed and she hides my stolen socks in the recliner for guests to find when they visit.She sleeps with me at night and although I take her for a walk before bedtime, she has learned how to wake me up at night if she discovers she has to go again before morning. Although she usually travels with me when I go somewhere, I have no reservation at all leaving her in the apartment unattended when it's necessary or it's to hot out. The only thing I am sure to do, if I'm going to be gone for more than a few hours, is to have one of my neighbors look in on her from time to time in case she has to potty.

Sometimes she's gone to grandma's if I'm going to be gone all day. I'm not at all worried about her getting into anything if I'm gone, she usually sleeps, plays with her toys, or watches tv, but I prefer not to leave her alone for too long just in case she has to potty. I'm quite sure she would hold it if no one was there to take her out but I see no point to make her do that so I make provisions for her in the event I'm not going to be home for several hours.

I don't know how I got blessed with such a mild mannered, well behaved little dog but I sure am grateful she's in my life

Les Hilliard & Nikki the Super Shih-Tzu
We're actively working on the confidence issues and we have to work on the eating of the kleenex issues.

You could teach her ACHOOO! -by Tuck. Kleenex have value if you GIVE them away ..NOT eat them! When you sneeze, Tuck hands you the tissue box

We have to go back to "take it" and "give it." We quit reinforcing that.
We've done away with the crate for Buddy the beagle mix he's happy to just lay down and take a sleep when we aren't home. In the 9 months he's been here he's proven that he can be trusted and other than the occasional shredding of a magazine he's a good boy. On the other hand Lady my collie/shepard mix has a habit of chewing things when we aren't home or when we aren't paying enough attention to her. I'm hoping one day to be able to do away with the crate for her to but I don't see it happening any time soon. For now when we leave the house she goes into the kennel. She never spends more than 4 to 5 hours in it and that's only a couple days a week.

Celeste
Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan? Curious how many choose to crate ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

Mine have not required crating once they were past the chewing stage. I don't use crates with the bunch I have now.
flick 100785
Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan?

I had to crate my PRT *** because she really was. A ***. Muggins was a stealth pee-er and poop-er. She would wait until we were asleep and then creep into our walk-in closet (which unfortunately did not have a closeable door) and desecrate the carpet. I crated her at night until she got bored with ruining wall-to-wall champagne beige wool blend at about age 2.
I never had to crate Reilly (our older PRT dog) because his kennel name is "Saint Reilly the Good."
The only time either one of them is crated now (Muggie is 5 and Reilly is about to be 8) is when we are going somewhere in the car. Thus, crates mean travel and exotic locales, and they are beside themselves with excitement when the crates make an appearance.
Amusing anecdote; off-topic: We also have a male Maine Coon cat named Maxx, who is not shy about expressing his displeasure with the shortened days cutting into his outdoor time. We let him in tonight around 6:30 and wouldn't let him out again. He stormed off upstairs for a while, then came down the exposed pine staircase again, stomping loudly on each step. Maxx is the only cat I know who can sound like he weighs 400 lbs. At the sound of Maxx's mighty paw-thumps the dogs looked up, looked at one another, and streaked into the mud room barking their heads off, certain that an intruder was clambering noisily up the outside steps into the house.

Maxx sat down on the staircase nonchalantly licking one of his snowshoe paws, and we roared with laughter at the chagrinned looks on the dogs' faces when we explained that they had been false-alarmed by the cat.

It's a full life if you don't weaken.
-=Darla=-

"I'm still here, you bastards!"
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Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan? Curious how many choose to crate ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

Totally wean. I like to have a dog completely weaned by 10 months to 1.5 years (breed and individual dog dependant)
Tara
Not for how long during a workday, but how long for a dog's lifespan? Curious how many choose to crate ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

I wean the crate according to the individual dog's behavior. First at night (because they are in my bedroom with the door closed), then increasing periods with baby gates limiting access to trouble spots.

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