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    Default Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    OK I must be losing my mind because lately I'm considering leaving Dooley out in the kitchen while I am away at work. I cant think for the life of me why I think he is different from all the other angles I read about on this site that eat the couch and peel the sheet rock off the walls........ He is kennel trained and seams to like it but I am gone 8-9 hrs a day for work lately and think he would rather have a little freedom during the day. Am I making a huge mistake by thinking he will be a good boy during the day? Or is he going to look at my table and chairs as an over sized chew toy? On the weekends he likes to sit and lay by the kitchen door for hours while looking outside. The only thing he tends to go after other than his toys is the firewood stacked next to the fireplace. For some reason, he takes a liking to the fresh logs I bring in the house.

    Has anyone had any success transitioning their EBD to the free world?
    Will this mess him up with the kennel should he have to spend time in it again?
    What about night time?

    Any info will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Default Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    Im not much help as my girls had a free run since day 1 (shy after few weeks of crate training) i make sure that kitchen is puppy proofed (as we left Lilly there while potty training) -we are using a child/dog gate to separate them from the living room but they still could see in -we also ise it when we got visitors
    We had no problems with her neither
    In fact they sleep at night in the kitchen -i move their bed from the living room and they follow
    In the day they tend to sleep on the sofas ;-)
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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    Could you slowly transition Dooley to the 8-9hours of free range instead of doing it all at once? Maybe on a weekend you can test him out for a couple hours and then if he does fine, increase the time period. Mine do not have free range of the house (yet), while i'm at work but sometimes on the weekend I will leave them out if i know i'll be gone for an hour or less.




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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    I was going to start small and build up to a full day. Like you said with an hour here or there and see how he does. But if I do this, will he take to going back in his kennel if he needed? Or is this a dog to dog thing. Every dog Ive had has had free roam but they have all been older rescues. Dooley is my first puppy. He is 10 months now and was thinking of doing this when he turns one.

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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    I think it's a great idea if you do it slowly like you said. Good to see you on here again!

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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    Bored = Trouble.

    Puppy proof the area and make sure he has lots of things to do and you should be ok. The trick is to know what he's going to do then make sure he cant do it

    Molly has free reign of our house while we are gone... but she will pull the toilet paper rolls off the wall if we leave any bathroom door open. So in our house... last one out closes all the bathroom doors or they get to clean up the shredded TP mess (and possibly buy a new TP wall hanger)

    Side note... to keep him off the firewood you my want to try giving him one of these:

    I've seen them at most pet stores (petco, petsmart.. etc). My Blue Heeler loves them... Molly not so much. She is waiting for them to come out with a Toilet Paper flavored one.
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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    We have a large play pen that we use that has Harlea's coolaroo and many of her toys and water in it for when we leave the house. it isn't as confining as a crate as she has more room to walk around or lounge as she chooses. It is setup in my office right now and she goes in and out of it all day and we just shut the door when we leave and come back to her usually snoozing or chewing on one of her nylabones and don't have any chewed up walls or cabinets to deal with.
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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    I have been leaving Rocco in the kitchen while I'm away about a month now. He sleeps on his bed in my bedroom as well. No accidents so far. But last week he was in a destructive mood for a few days and chewed up a cabinet shelf while I was away. He's lucky I'm yet to redo the kitchen but you never know what's gonna make them naughty when they feel like it. He has plenty of nylabones in the kitchen too

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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    I agree with the above, Vegas was crate trained, I bought a baby gate and would allow him out in the kitchen an hour, a couple hours, half day etc....until I felt I could trust him. He's 4.5 now and has full roam since he was around 1, but loves his crate, I never lock the door on it but he goes in on his own to nap or go night-night.

    Oh and I kept all kinds of antlers and kongs in the kitchen when I let him free. I have all tile floors so I would just pull up the rugs when he was in training to free roam.

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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    Thanks everyone for your input. I'm going to implement operation freedom starting this weekend. Hopefully he doesn't make me regret this decision.


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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    Quote Originally Posted by 4WHLN View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input. I'm going to implement operation freedom starting this weekend. Hopefully he doesn't make me regret this decision.


    Oh and pics for your viewing pleasure
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    Default Re: Possible free roam of kitchen when gone

    You seem to be getting great advice. We crate trained Koozer then slowly transitioned him to free roam. I would suggest putting his crate in the kitchen with him, so he has his little "home" too. Good luck!

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