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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

So, Mylen is 15 months old now and before leaving the house today I decided that today would be the day that I let her have free roam of the house while I was gone.... I was gone for a little over a hour. When I got home my house was destroyed! Garbage everywhere, shoeboxes chewed to bits! decorative flowers all mangled up! Whne i Iwalked into the house she RAN to her cage and wouldn't come out for 20 minutes... she knew she was in trouble!

So do any do you let your V have free range of the house while you arent home? If so, at what age were you able to finally trust her/him??
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-27-2013, 06:29 PM
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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

We have started leaving our boy out of the crate about a month and a half ago; he is nine months old. We tried to spy on him and he either asleep on the couch or looking out the window waiting for us to come back. We, however, try not to set him for failure (f.e., there is no food left on the kitchen table, etc.) He actually did worse when he was confined to one room only (our first try to leave him on his own).
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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Another forum member, cannot recall if it was Datacan or maybe RBD said they did not leave the Vs out of the crate at any age because they did not want them making adult decisions. I thought that was pretty funny, but also accurate!! My husband says keeping the dog in the crate is just keeping a good dog honest.

Ellie has been in the house for maybe 15 minutes or so out of the crate on random occasions since she was about 9 months old. Never any issue, but I think she is just watching out the window in that time. She has not had enough time to start any mischief. I think we will most likely stick with the crate indefinitely. Our girly is super smart and needs to be entertained. I can see her getting into trouble making up new games. On the same note, our regular playdate who is only crated at night has learned how to turn on the dishwasher at his house this week!! Apparently, he really gets a kick out of it and is doing it constantly.
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Leave at your own peril !!!!!!!

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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Miles (almost 2) started sleeping out of his crate at 4 months and staying out of crate while I am at work when he was 8 months.

Chase (6 months) stays in crate at night still because he and Miles would wrestle all night and we wouldn't get any rest! He stays out of crate for short durations (1 hour or less).

BUT..... our Vizslas are odd in the fact that they don't eat our stuff. Our garbage is in it's own closet so they can't get it, but they don't counter surf and leave our shoes/ furniture/ baseboard etc alone.

The only incident we have had is Miles chewed our coffee table. We were home though, and the power went out and in during the time it took us to light some candles and get some flashlights he had likely become anxious and chewed.

Before leaving for work Miles gets a 7 mile off leash run. I leave him with 2-3 puzzle toys as well. I imagine he plays with his toys for about 30 min then heads upstairs to his cave bed and to patrol the neighborhood by watching out the windows.

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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Leave at your own peril !!!!!!!

I did leave my third V alone in the house ONE time! When we returned the house was a shambles and almost cost me my marriage. When all was said and done it cost us over $10,000 to repair and/or replace what he destroyed. He was NEVER left alone in the house again.

Whenever we left he was either in his crate or outside with our Lab, (we could leave the Lab alone in the house). Learned a very expensive lesson.

With RT, when Ken lets me have him , he either sleeps in his crate or in bed with me. Always in his crate when I am away.

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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Sounds like separation anxiety. Kiya has it, but if I leave her out of the crate she is much better. Try to leave him for a bit with a Kong stuffed with peanut butter, regular food and some sort of 'surprise' at the bottom. That will keep him busy for a while and then maybe take a nap until you get back.
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Miles (almost 2) started sleeping out of his crate at 4 months and staying out of crate while I am at work when he was 8 months.

Chase (6 months) stays in crate at night still because he and Miles would wrestle all night and we wouldn't get any rest! He stays out of crate for short durations (1 hour or less).
Sounds like there should be an individual approach and there is no magic age at what a Vizsla may be left on its own. Some do well and others don't do very well when not crated. An owner probably is the one who knows/ senses the best what is good for their Vizslas.
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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Glad all of this has been said. Dharma is 6 months old. She sleeps in our bed with us with the door closed no problem and has for quite some time. If we put her in the crate she will dig to China and soil her crate. Yet she eats in her crate and will come and go as she pleases from it as long as it is not closed. So far when left loose the only thing she has destroyed is a dollar store ornamental reindeer. Maybe still too young to totally trust..... but sometimes I don't think she will ever get the crate thing down. I also hate doing it to her now because of what happens.

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Re: Do you leave your V out of the crate when you arent home?

Kafka was about 13months when left home alone without being crated. She just goes to sleep and seems calmer when we get home than when she has been crated. I still crate her sometimes if there's lots of stuff around the house that I don't want her to get to.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to leave her alone for ten minutes first and then slowly increase the time, just like with crate training.
However, if leaving her in her crate went well and your v seemed happy with the old system, maybe just stick with that.
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