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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

Back when I did some clicker classes with Dino, we shaped a sneezing/Kleenex trick:
I made a fakey sneeze, Dino trotted over to the Kleenex box and pulled out a tissue and brought it to me. I thanked him (Politeness counts!) and then did a bigger fake sneeze. Dino went over to the Kleenex box (a cube shaped one btw), stuck that long collie nose into the hole and brought it to me on his nose. This always got a big laugh.
Dear old Dino was a jovial collie with a well developed sense of humor and enjoyed tricks like these.
Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo and Goosey Lucy
Not for how long during a workday, but how long ... 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)

Depends on the dog. Viva must be crated when I'm gone. Forever and ever amen. She's pica. If I leave her loose she will eat any cloth available. That includes dog beds, upholstery, cushions, bedspreads you name it. And she can ingest an incredible amount in a very small amount of time. Not too long ago I left her out because I was literally only going to be gone 15 minutes. I had left a t-shirt on the floor in the bathroom. By the time I got home it was half gone. Fortunately so far everything has either passed through or come back up but I have to restrict her as much as possible.
Zipper is almost where he could be uncrated but I don't trust him loose with Cala, who loves him but still sometimes plays a bit too rough. Cala is loose and reliable when I'm gone.
I had to crate my PRT *** because she really was. A ***.

I never had to crate Reilly (our older PRT dog) because his kennel name is "Saint Reilly the Good."

I am so* willing to believe that! Anydog who would gleefully thieve another dog's bumper is *not to be trusted. Cute, she may be, but Miss Molly has the debbil in her. And I know a little something about dogs with the debbil in 'em.
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.

That is way better than TeeVee.

Shelly
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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.

This has been an interesting thread. Thanks to Janet for starting it and thanks to everyone for their thoughtful responses.

I guess we've done a good job of making sure that dogs are comfortable in their crates. None of them has had problems with the crate. That's one thing I don't have to worry about if a dog has to have an overnighter at the vet.
And when we had three dogs, we crated them when we left because we couldn't count on them to behave perfectly towards each other 100% of the time. They never put up any fuss about going to their" beds" and we never had to worry about any hideous mishaps.
Howdy All,
We don't do crates. One of my pups came to me in a crate. When my youngest went to Ky. the people who drove there had him in a crate. Just don't do crates at home.
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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 a dog forever, whenever they leave the house and/or overnight, or how many choose to wean from household crate usage (usage being shutting the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

Janet Boss
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There are times I wish I could crate Molly. The first time i tried it was the first time I found out what true beagle bark was..UGH

Luckly she is not a chewer or much of an explorier. She sleeps in my home office and that room is dog proff, so I haven't even worked on trying to get her use to one.
For me, it has depended on the dog's personality as well as reliability.

same here. Maui stopped getting crated when I go away as soon as I was sure he wouldn't pee in the bedroom (where he was gated in). He was about 10 or so months old. He was not a big chewer at that point and I could trust him to just sleep while I was gone. He does not eat, drink, play when I am not home. He is still that way.Cali, on the other hand, is a bit more work. She still gets crated (in Maui's crate since he never uses it and it is bigger) when I leave and during the day when I can't watch her full time. She chews anything and everything. I hope to have her gated with Maui in the room when I leave eventually, but I think that is a while off. I did try it the other day for a 4 hours and she did very well BUT it took a lot of puppy proofing and I was still nervous when I was gone.

Though, overall, she is a lot more nerve racking in general. She still gets tethered outside (when she needs to go potty) because she runs a whole lot faster than me. Although she has a very good recall, inside and out, she does have the occasion I'M FREE sprint where she "can't hear me".
Curious how many choose to crate a dog forever, whenever they leave the house and/or overnight, or how many choose ... the dog in the crate, not the dog choosing to hang out there) at some specific ages or maturity levels.

oh, Cali was crated for 2 nights when I first got her. She was fine the first night but the second she cried all the time. The third night, I tried to tether her like I had done with Maui but she chewed the leash (and the second one, and the third one, and the harness, all in the same night) and ever since then, she slept on my pillow, leaving only a little room for my head.
Maui has never spent a night in the crate. He was tethered to the head of my bed (he liked to sleep on my headboard, not in the dog bed I had for him) and the tether got longer as he got older until it was no longer needed. I guess he was about 4-5 months old when the tether was totally gone.

(picture of Maui in the headboard)..
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(picture of Maui in the headboard)..

aww - I can't imagine having a dog who would fit in furniture cubbies! ;-D

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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