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Bugglz 05-22-2018 04:07 AM

New Puppy, how to go about crate training
Hi guys,

We’ve just got our first Vizsla pup, a 9 week old boy named Victor.
We are crate training him and he seems to be responding really well, only cry’s for 1 minute before falling asleep. We’ve had him for 3 days and have been letting him out in the morning for toilet, food and play for a couple of hours then back to the crate. And repeating this 3 more times during the day.
He generally spends between 1.5 to 2 hours in the crate at a time and sleeps he whole time. Except for night time when he’s in there from about 9:30pm to 6am (excluding a 2am toilet break).
So far we’ve always been next to him while he’s in his crate. Problem is I go back to work tomorrow and we’re unsure on what to do with him my partner could crate him at 8:00am before work, then I could be home for around 20 mins at 10:00am and 1:00pm, then my partner is home at 4.

We were thinking keep him crated from 8:00am to 10:00am, I let him out and feed/play with him, then leave him alone with access to our sunroom and laundry with food, water and plenty of toys, then when I’m home again at 1:00pm, feed and play with him then back in the crate until 4:00pm.

Does this sound about right? Is it too long to leave him in a crate by himself? The other option is taking him with me but he would just be sitting in a car and wouldn’t have much chance to play, also a crate wouldn’t fit in the car.

pez999 05-22-2018 09:28 AM

Crating for 2 hours doesn't sound bad to me. When we first left ours alone we got a puppy gate and he got the whole kitchen to himself with the crate if he wanted to sleep in there. Eventually as he got bigger he got access to the living room. I think if you can, leaving a bigger area for him like the sunroom would be good, with the option of him sleeping in his crate. Or you can get one of those metal play pens and block off areas inside your home (that's how we have it now in living room). Make sure you puppy proof whatever room he stays in, any outlets/wires or anything he can destroy lol.

gingerling 05-22-2018 12:19 PM

You have to do what you have to do, but they need to go out to relieve themselves more frequently than every 2 hrs, so ideally, at that age, the more the better, within reason. Leaving him unsupervised in a car is not a good idea at all, in addition to what he can/will do to the car, he could hurt himself.

Bugglz 05-22-2018 04:17 PM

Thanks for the reply’s, it was just crateing him from 1:30 to 4 I was worried about. It would be the longest he’s been in there, although he’s never complained about being in there. We’ll give it a go today and see how he goes.
If he was to come to work with me I would be with him the whole time, just wouldn’t have much of a chance to play

Anida 05-23-2018 12:51 PM

I'd be concerned with leaving him in a laundry room because the electric hookup is usually higher voltage than a standard outlet. If he chews that cord it could be pretty bad for him so while not a bad option, just make sure he has plenty to entertain himself and can't get to any cords etc. that he can hurt himself on.

skillingsworth 06-01-2018 11:29 AM

Crate Training thoughts
My V was also crate trained from day one. I received him about the same age as your V. Both my wife and I work so we were gone from 8 am to 11:30 ish and then from 12:30 to 4 each day. We never had any problems. You may see a few accidents at an early age but they inherently do not want to go to the bathroom where they sleep. So they will try to hold it and come accustomed to doing so. Now my V is 3 1/2 and remains at home all day in his crate with no issues. He also sleeps all night in his crate with no issues. Finally keep in mind that the activities you do today are conditioning your V for the future. So don't do things on a regular basis that you will have to correct or continue if you do not want that in the future or is unrealistic. Correcting what you conditioning you do today is much more difficult later than just thinking ahead and trying to condition today them for what you want their behavior to be in the future.

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