Can I Let My Dog Roam Alone in My House?
It's generally not a good idea to let your dog roam around unsupervised in your home, especially if you have valuable items or a lot of breakable things. Dogs can be curious and get into things they shouldn't, which can cause damage or create a mess. If you need to leave your dog alone for a period of time, it's best to confine him to a crate or another safe area where he can't get into trouble.
Daniel is a big proponent of crate training for dogs from the beginning. He believes that it's the best way to avoid having your dog develop destructive tendencies. As he explains:
"I wait till at least a year, meaning that once that crate - after the first couple weeks - moves downstairs or wherever else, in the living room, that you want that crate to be and not necessarily in your bedroom. Then, the dog sleeps in the crate every night with the crate closed. If I'm not home, I make sure the dog during the day has exercise, stimulation, food, nutrition, goes to the bathroom, and then the dog can stay in the crate for three or four hours at a time."
The main thing is not to allow yourself to fall into a trap of thinking your dog will never destroy anything while you're away.
"I've been cocky before and I thought that my last dog was fine and I can get away with it. She must have been like seven or eight months old and she was just perfect," Daniel says. "And, she chewed up the whole door frame, right? And, I've yet to repair it because I hate home DIY."
So, if you're like Daniel, and hate it when a dog destroys something in your home, it's probably best to just crate train them from the start. It's for the best for everyone (and everything) involved.
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