Our 10 month old Jack mix has been regularly crated since we got him at age 9 weeks.
2, 3 weeks ago, we began to crate less. Typically he is crated overnight, and when I was going to work outside of the house, but i am now home most days. We have a small horse farm, and he is outside most good days if I am tied up with horse/barn stuff. We had got to a point where he could be in the house for extended times uncrated, but, sadly "got into some things" aka my shoes, a couple times, so back to crating we went.
Hubby and I took a few days away and had someone stay here with the pups and he was crated while she was at work, with multiple breaks during the day by folks helping out (boarders). He, once again, got into my shoes.
His behavior lately is more rambunctious, listening less to our commands, more chewing, more crazy, at our older dog all the time to where she tries to get away. She was a great momma to him early on,now she lets him walk all over her.
So, what should my expectations be for a high energy dog with regard to crating? I was hoping we'd, some day, be able to let him sleep in the room outside the crate, and let him have the house eventually when I run out or go for a long trail ride. Just wondering if there are pups out there that never grow out of the "need" to be crated.
He crashes hard at night, so if we go out to eat, he is good, but we keep gates up. We have a senior cat, and I'd love to think some day the gates will come down. Wondering what other's experiences are if similar circumstances?