New Puppy, how to go about crate training
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.