Post # 1
Hi. I adopted a 2 year old doxie from my sil. I had some potty training issues with her when I first got her. She is now on a schedule and hasn’t had any accidents for a few months inside the house,on blankets or the couch. Would it be safe to allow her a bit of freedom at night instead of being in her crate at night.I work evenings and have her & my other dog crated while I go to work + at night when we sleep. I feel that they are in the crate too much and would like to figure something else out for them. If u got any advice on how to train her on the next step it would really help me. Thank you.
Post # 3
What I would do is allow her to be out of the crate while you go run an errand and see how she reacts. Then I would start allowing her out while you are sleeping, then transition to being let out all of the time. We had a rottie we couldn’t let out of his crate because he would tear the house apart if my mom left him home. He was very attached to my mom so he would do things out of spite.
Post # 4
@DiamondnLovey: Hi 🙂 I would try it out slowly and only for short periods of time. If you go get groceries or you’re running out for an hour or 2 then see how she does! IF shes still doing ok with being left out of her crate then you can leave for longer periods of time.
Post # 5
@DiamondnLovey: I would start off with small amounts of time as well and gradually increase. Just FYI if you haven’t owned a doxie before though, most dogs are never 100% toilet trained. They are very independant-minded dogs and if they need to go and don’t feel like going out (especially if it’s raining!) they’ll just go inside. Not accidently, just because LOL! Keep a puppy pad around.
They are a real joy to have around though, a big dog in a little dog’s body:)….my 14yr old long haired dachshund still cracks me up with his comical antics!
Post # 6
@DiamondnLovey: I crate my two little ones during the day as well (they prefer it actually) but at night they sleep with us. Considering that at night they are pretty calm and sleep/flop down somewhere they don’t ever get into trouble.
I might suggest that you put a gate up and keep them in the room with you at night. Dogs are hesitant to do naughty things with the mommy right there (mine are angels until I leave the room!). That way they can have a bit of freedom but aren’t given the entire house…at least until you are comfortable with the arrangement.
Post # 7
@lanibug: she goes outside rain or shine now doesn’t matter what the weather is like.
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I usually keep my door closed at night when I sleep so that might work. I also have left her alone for half an hour or so before and has been fine as I have another dog.