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Old 12-16-2017, 01:49 AM
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We have a Dalmatian thatís a little over a year old. Sheís been crate trained since she was 8 weeks. However, we travel for work so we live in an RV and her extra large crate is taking too much room. We want to transition her to free roaming like our other dog, but Iím worried she will use the bathroom inside. Her crate is in a small room and I thought I could just have her in there with her bed but thereís carpet in there and I donít want her to soil it. Any advice? I have about 6 months to get her acclimated and I want it to work.
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Does she ever have any accidents inside? Is she able to hold it for a long time without having to go out when you are home?

More-so than indoor accidents, the bigger worry when transitioning from the use of the crate to free roam tends to be destructive behavior.

Transitioning to free roam starts small. Leave her out for ten minutes while you run to the store. Work up to twenty, to half an hour. I suggest continuing to crate for long periods.

Destructive behavior when left alone is common in younger pups, but most do tend to grow out of it. At one, she's just about at the age I'd expect a lower energy dog to be OK alone, but a higher energy dog may still struggle at that age.

It can help to leave them with a long lasting chew/toy, and a few things they can play with.
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We leave her out when we go to town now, sheís been out with Bubba for up to 3 hours before and no accidents. Neither dogs have ever really been chewers. I just donít know if she actually sleeps the whole 8-9 hours a night in her crate or if she wakes up sometimes. I feel like if she woke up in the middle of the night and could pee in a corner she might. But like I said, sheís completely house trained otherwise.
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How about leaving the crate (door off)in the room that you want her to free roam in, so that she associates the room with her new, extended territory?
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... Iím worried she will use the bathroom inside.
Does she have a bathroom outside that she normally uses?
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If she's been alone for up to 3 hours without accidents or chewing, I'd shoot for 4-5, then 5-6, then 7-8, then the full time. Is it possible to come let her out during the day? Or have someone let her out mid day?
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I stay at home with them, also having a baby in 6 months thatís why I have a timeline lol. Sheís out all day during the day and she lets me know when she needs to potty. I just donít know if thereís a way to slowly transition her to being crate free during the night. Like maybe leave her out and wake up and put her in it? Idk that sounds kind of stupid...this is why I need help. Because while I know she can go 3-4 hours unsupervised during the day, it might be different at night when we are sleeping.
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Personally once I feel a dog is reasonably house trained, I transition to outside the crate at night and just make sure I take them out RIGHT before we go to bed and as SOON as we wake up. You might have to clean up some accidents, but I wouldn't expect it to completely set house training back.
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