Post # 1
My pup is 11 months old. He is crate trained. He lives with my FI (we live about an hour apart) and my FI still comes home every day at lunch to let him out. Frankie is a very regimented dog. He knows his schedule and gets cranky when things get thrown off.
However, FI and I just got a house and our pup will be staying with me in the house until FI finishes school and changes jobs and comes to live permanently at the house in May. So I only work 3 days a week, but I work 12 hour shifts so I leave the house at 6am and get home around 8pm. We have a couple people who can come and feed Frankie dinner and let him out at his normal dinner time but I’m worried that he will be spending so much time in his crate in a new enviroment that he will freak out.
How do you recommend getting him used to staying in the crate all day? How did your dog handle a move?
I would appreciate any advice!
Post # 3
Our pup is 11 months and I can usually come home at lunch time to feed him and let him go potty, but sometimes I get caught up at work & I can’t get away, so he would be in there for about 10 hours.
About 2 months ago, we let him start sleeping on the floor in our bedroom and he did so good that we started shutting him in there when we would love the house to run errands. He also did great with that (minus chewing a few shoes that we left out…definately put those away now!) and so now he he a little more freedom to walk around/stretch/play with toys and doesn’t get quite so cranky. Also, when I think that I won’t be able to make it home for lunch time, I put his food and a little water in there in case he gets too hungry. Not sure if this would be an option for you or if you have a space he could stay (like the bathroom) so that he can’t get into too much trouble, but has more room? Our puppy HATES his kennel and would pout everytime he had to stay in there for longer then usual, so this new arrangement works great!
Post # 4
A positive attitude goes a long way. I’m not even kidding. Whenever we changed something in our dogs’ routines (taking them camping, transitioning to a bigger crate, renovations, etc.) we would always make a huge deal about it like it was the most exciting thing in the world, and they would deal with it a lot better than if we tried not to make a fuss.
That said, 14 hours is a long time to be without you. I agree with Coleerenee, if you have a small-ish room in your new place with limited things he can get into, I’d get him accustomed to staying in there so he’s not quite so cooped up all the time.
Post # 5
Thanks for the advice guys!
Do you think he would be able to hold it from 6am until like 4pm though? I guess that’s my biggest concern.
We do want to get him used to a room and let him stay out eventually. But right now he spazzes when we leave (howls and cries). He’s never destroyed anything but I think we are going to start with the crate since that’s his safe place now and work him up to that. But no matter where he stays it’s a matter of holding his bladder (and the other one too!) for that length of time that concerns me.
As for leaving him with food….he would scarf it all the minute it got put down. lol our dog is not a rationer. If his food is out he eats it right then and there. So someone will have to feed him dinner at his normal time.
Post # 6
I think the question of whether he’d be able to hold it depends on what kind of dog he is. I have a border collie/german shepard that I’ve left crated on occasion for 12 hours at a time and have never had a problem with her soiling the kennel. However, I’ve heard that some smaller breeds cannot wait that long between potty breaks. If he is a medium/large dog, it could be do-able. Also, keeping him in the kennel will up the chances that he’ll hold it; he won’t want to soil his sleeping space.
Post # 7
We have a 3.5 year old yorkie that routinely holds it from 6amish to 4ish and he’s fine. Once he came to live with us last year and we got him on our schedule he was great. We had the occasional rare accident once he was properly trained – he belonged to future sister in law and she didn’t bother to house train him at all really. We never crated him, but we did shut him in the kitchen and bedroom area so he was confined and we left either the tv or radio on to drown out some of the outside noise.
However… we just moved into our new house so in order to get him use to having more space, we started leaving him out in the open in our apartment, still with the radio/tv on and he was fine. He’s fed twice a day – breakfast and dinner and doesn’t have any issues. He sleeps all day really. We have had a few accidents, but its due to changing to a different food that makes him poop more I think.
My advice… start out slowly. Start stretching the time in between bathroom breaks and try to walk him a bit in the morning so that he does all his business. Also, if you can, keep his crate in a similar area in the house and keep things with your smells near him. It’ll help keep him calm. If you want to crate him during the day still, but want him to have more freedom.. just put the crate in the space and leave the crate door open and he’ll get used to it. If you can, have whomever will do the dinner feeding play with him a bit otherwise he may keep you up all night since he would have slept all day. You could also look into getting a dog walker or having him go to doggy day care. Some even do pickups and dropoffs so you could do a few hours in the afternoon maybe. Like you, I only work a few days, so on my home days, I try to keep to a similar schedule with feeding and bathroom breaks. It’ll be a huge adjustment for both of you, so take it easy and do one thing at a time. Best of luck!