(Closed) Changing pup’s routine

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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 # 6
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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!

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