(Closed) How old was your dog when you stopped kenneling them during the day?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Could you start slow, maybe using baby gates to keep him in one room or area, then gradually expanding as he proves he’s trustworthy?  After about four months of crating, my dog figured out how to escape his crate when unsupervised, and I didn’t want to risk him hurting himself on a more heavy-duty model, so I just gated off the basement (where there’s carpet) and he had free reign of the upstairs.  We’ve actually had very few chewing incidents and almost no accidents since; he was a little under two years old at the time (got him at 18 months) and is almost four now.  He still has his crate for ‘hanging out’, but the only time I close him in it is when I have delivery or repair people.


Another option would be hiring a mid-day walker to check on him for the first few weeks while he gets adjusted to the new routine/freedom.

Post # 4
14337 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We didn’t stop until he was almost 1.5 years old, but probably could have started much sooner.  I think it’s totally up to the personality of the dog.  My friend has 2 springers, one was allowed run of the house around 1 year old and never caused issues, the other is 1.5 and they said he will remained crated indefinitely since he is so distructive.

Post # 5
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We stopped crating our boxer at 1 year exactly (I got tired of chasing him around the house and carrying him into the crate).  He will occationally chew up something if he gets pissed that we left him too long but he never has accidents.  I just make sure that there is nothing in the kitchen or on tables.  Start small and leave him out when your gone for 1 hour, then 2, then 3 etc.  Good luck!  

Post # 6
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

My dogs are six and seven years old and we still crate them during they day. They have a very large crate that is big enough for me to fit inside.

Frankly leaving them out caused more anxiety and issues for them. They would get nervous, have accidents etc that they don’t normally do when we are home. Our vet recommended crating and it has been such a relief. They are comfortable and happy all day long and remain out all night and in the morning before I leave.

Post # 7
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We tried crating our Lab, but she hated it.  I mean we even put her dinner and treats in there and no dice, she would not  get in it.  We used  baby gates to keep her in the kitchen, but she never had an accident…. ever.    Now we have a pet gate to seperate the “dog” area from the “cat” area.   If we’re gone to long, the lab does get up on the couch and she knows she’s not supposed to. 

Post # 8
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

DH’s doxie is 5 and we still have to crate him. It drives me nuts, we stopped crating the la mix I grew up with around 3 years old and could totally trust her. His dog, on the other hand, gets pissed off about being alone and will pee on things just to spite you, it’s clearly not an accident where he just couldn’t hold it in. It really just depends on the dog.

Post # 9
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@angustia:  Mine was 13 months! I kenneled her during the day because she was a terror and ate everything even when supervised – walls, baseboard, doorframes, when she was puppy, and then she just all of the sudden outgrew it. I forgot her out one day and came home and she was sleeping happily with everything in pristine condition. After that, we only had one incident of bad behaviour, which was my fault for coming home later than usual, and she’s five now. I don’t think there’s a magical age, just when the particular dog is ready!  

Post # 10
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We stopped crating around the 1 year mark but our previous dogs and the older of the three we have now then moved into sleeping in my parents’ room.  My dog is 5 and still not entirely potty trained (he’s a rescue with some issues).

Now?  We have an 8 year old and a 3 year old Golden Retrievers and they’re only crated during the day.  Out of nowhere our older Golden started to destroy things after my dad would leave and when it resulted in a $5,000 surgery, it was crate time during the day for them.

I’d recommend what PPs have said and gradually expand the free space they have but I’d do it if you could trust them both.  Having one in a crate and the other not can lead to some hurt feelings.  (I know, I sound crazy!) Good luck!

Post # 12
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We adopted our corgi. He is 7 years old, and we don’t crate him during the day. He doesn’t like the crate. :/ I’m pretty sure there was some misuse of it with his previous owners because the moment he goes in there, he seems really, really sad. Instead, we have a baby gate that blocks off the upstairs from downstairs, and he just hangs out downstairs. He’s never so much as nibbled on anything in our house that wasn’t his, so we don’t have any fear that he’ll chew on anything. He can also hold his bladder pretty good too, so we don’t worry much about that either.

Post # 14
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@angustia:  Haha – that’s totally valid!! It’s hard to know until you try. We have had 2 accidents with our Dean, but it wasn’t his fault; we made him hold it too long and he couldn’t help it anymore. Once was shortly after we got him, so we were getting used to how long he could go at night without going potty. The other time was when he was on his super funky night sleeping schedule – we took him out at around 4:30-5am that morning, and stupid us, we should’ve gone home at lunch to take him out. Instead we got home at our usual time and he had peed near the fireplace with some drizzle on the carpet. In all honesty, I wasn’t suprised, and I felt like such a bad doggie owner for making him wait that long. Lesson learned, and we have a good handle on his eliminating habits now. ๐Ÿ™‚ No more accidents!

Honestly – we go SO lucky. Our paperwork from the shelter said he was potty trained… and after a few days at home with him after getting him, we could see that, yup, he was totally potty trained, no matter how sad he was that he missed his old family. 

Post # 16
396 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dogs are 3 and 1 and I still put them in the crate when we aren’t home. They also sleep in there at night because otherwise they want to sleep in our bed which makes the bed about 1,000 degrees! ๐Ÿ™‚ The older one never chewed on anything until we got the younger one a year ago and she has followed in his lab footsteps with wanting to chew anyting that stands still. So to the crate they go!

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