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Old 04-15-2019, 11:39 AM
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Using a crate vs a room

We have a new 9-month-old terrier/boxer pup and I am looking for advice as to if I should crate her while gone or let her have a small bedroom?
Would the bedroom be too much space?
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:22 PM
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A crate (properly conditioned), has two main benefits over a room.

(1) It can aide in housetraining. Most dogs will hold their bowel/bladder unless extremely, extremely urgent if they are in a space small enough for them to sleep, but not go to the bathroom and move away from it. For housetraining, my rules are that dogs are crated if I cannot be watching them (especially puppies), and are loose only if they cannot get out of my sight (using gates and sometimes long lines to keep them close to me), if they have gone to the bathroom within a reasonable time frame (which will depend on age as well as food/water intake), and if I can keep one eye on them to make sure they're not giving early warning signs that they're going to go to the bathroom (which again, will depend on the dog and is something I make note of in the first few days I have them). Loose in a room, most dogs will just go. A dog that gets used to eliminating in the house can be difficult to fully train out of the habit, and it's easier to housetrain a dog that has no/few accidents.

(2) it prevents a dog getting bored and wreaking havok. Some dogs are not naturally destructive. Some dogs are naturally *very* destructive. Most tend to be somewhere in between, but the dogs at most risk for destroying your stuff because they don't know any better tend to be dogs between 6 months and 1.5-2 years of age, IME. I generally expect to have to crate my dogs until 1.5-2 when I am gone. I rent, and I can't risk them chewing up the house itself. I also lack an uncluttered room where I'm willing to risk belongings. So I always crate.

Also, using a crate appropriately helps prepare the dog for having to be in a kennel in situations such as staying at the vets office.

At 9 months old, your dog has a lot of maturing to do. It's very helpful to have a crate that they like and feel safe in when you may want a break from supervising the dog, sometimes.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:27 PM
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I love crates, because I know my dog is safe in there. He loves being in the crate, and he sleeps in his crate at night! The longest I will leave our 17 week old puppy in his crate while we aren't here is 2 to 3 hours, depending on the time of day. If you want to crate your dog it is important to crate train her before you leave her in it.

Another option is a puppy den, a small room, or a space separated out with baby gates. It gives the puppy/dog room to move around which is great, but it can also give her more opportunity to get into trouble. Puppies can destroy baseboards, walls, the door, furniture, their bedding, their toys...they can also "Houdini" their way out of it, so try it out at first in small steps before leaving your dog for a long period of time.

It is not a good idea to leave a puppy or young dog alone for a whole work day. Getting someone to check in and spend time with them is really important for their physical, mental and emotional well being! Even a number of Kongs filled with peanut butter or other foods will not entertain a dog for a full day, but giving her breakfast in the Kong (wet the food, fill it in a Kong and freeze it) in the crate or puppy den as part of training her to love being in the crate or puppy den, that would work very well, especially in food motivated dogs.

Setting up a camera to check in on the puppy while you are at work is also great, however you might want to have a person lined up who can enter your home should there be an issue!
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I've always used a small room with an open crate with blankets and pillows that they can go in if they want to. I've never locked my large dogs in crates and feel cruel doing so. The veterinary behaviorist who came to my apartment for a consultation for my current dog's severe separation anxiety felt the small hallway with crate was too small for my dog to be in all day so I can imagine what he would have thought about a crate!

My current dog broke out of a crate before I got him and I've heard that dogs with separation anxiety shouldn't be confined to crated as they get so distressed they can hurt themselves trying to get out.

I've watched lots of small dogs that lived their crates with familiar Hime scents and blankets and toys and would me out. But they had plenty of room to move around. I just feel a large dog especially a growing one should be able to move and stretch its legs.

There's nature and dog to and leaving calming music on.
My dog was happiest at doggy daycare. Lots of people have a dogwalkers come walk the pup or take it to a local dog park or play date. All are better than leaving a puppy alone all day.
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For my poodle I started him out in a crate and than during short trips I left him in my bedroom to free roam (under 2 hours) now I can leave him in the room unaccompanied for 8 hours at a time if needed (extremely rare) and he doesn't do anything destructive. I would always start with a crate though and plan to do that with my future puppy.
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Whatever works. We stopped crating our dogs around that time actually because they stopped getting into things as much.
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