Post # 1
We just got a puppy this weekend and I’m so excited. They say she’s a shepherd mix and she’s only 2 months old. We are crate training her and I’m so worried about her being alone all day! I’ve never crate trained before but i read up on it this weekend and we got a lot of advice at the shelter.
Darling Husband is going to let her out for a bit at lunch time and I’ll be home by 3:30.
Tell me she’ll be fine….
And look at her adorable face : )
Post # 3
She should be just fine. How many hours are you leaving her for at a time? At her age she’ll probably only be able to hold her bladder 3-4 hours until she gets a bit older.
Make sure she doesn’t have anything in her crate she could chew up and choke on or ingest and cause a blockage.
Dogs are animals who love their “dens”. Her crate will end up becoming her den and probably her “safe place” to go and sleep and feel comfortable.
Also, she is SUCH a cutie!!
Post # 4
Congrats! My Fiance and I got a german shepherd puppy this August and he is totally crate trained. He will be FINE! A trainer actually told us that while he was a puppy even when we are home he should be in the crate until he learns to only go potty outside etc. It was sooo hard being home and not just holding him all the time so it will actually be easier for you to follow this rule. Crate training is sooo worth it. Our “baby” (funny cause he is 70 pounds now) has been totally potty trained since 3 weeks after we got him because of crate training and he loves his crate. We put him in there every time we leave the house and sometimes when he needs to “chill out”. Enjoy your new family addition!
Post # 5
It’s been really cold at night. Is it ok to put a blanket in there? Or is it better to just have the padding along the bottom?
Post # 6
She’ll be fine! We just got a puppy 2 weeks ago and are crate training her. After just 2 weeks she really seems to be getting the concept of going to the bathroom outside. And since she likes to chew it keeps everything safe! Make sure the crate is appropriate to her size-if it’s too large she’ll go to the bathroom in one corner and hang out in the other part. We bought a huge crate for when she’s full sized and then partioned it off to fit her current size-no messes in the crate so far 🙂 You can also put a blanket/towel over the crate to make it feel more “den like”.
Post # 7
She’ll be totally fine! You might want to find a friend or relative who can come by the house for a second potty break during the day though. Our schedule was
8:00am: leave the house, pee right before leaving
11:00 am: My Dad came and let her out
2:00 pm: DH and I alternated days coming home for a late lunch
4:30 pm: I got home from work.
We used this exrtended schedule from 10 weeks to about 13 weeks, then dropped down to the lunchtime visit, then around 5 months she could go 9 hours overnight without getting up, so we assumed she could go 9 hours during the day and cut the lunch time visit out. No accidents and she’s 10 months now.
As for the blanket, it should be fine, as long as it’s something strong like microfleece, which she can’t easily tear up.
Post # 8
Congrats!! He’s cute 🙂
I’ve found that ease of crate training is breed dependent. We had a collie who was almost instantly crate trained – he’d go in there himself after only a few weeks when he sensed my mom was getting ready to go to work. But then we’ve had two samoyeds – and they just don’t do well with the crates. We read up on them and found that the breed was known for sleeping at their masters feet to keep them warm… and thats what both of ours wanted to do. So they were OK in the crates if we were out of the house (but never went in on their own and needed to be inticed with treats), and at bed time they needed to be … on our beds 🙂 haha. No more dark colored bedspreads in my house!
Post # 9
@MissNoodles: It is exactly a microfleece blanket : )
I am looking into having a sitter come once a day but I think my parents would maybe do it too. I would feel a lot more comfortable only leaving her for 3 hours for the next few weeks.
Post # 10
She will be totally fine if you can stick to the once every 3 hours schedule. She is SO CUTE!! You may want to get a walker in case your s/o can’t get home at lunch every day.
Post # 11
Don’t have any suggestions, but just wanted to say what a cutie!