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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Out of the crate at home when gone

We have a 6 month old male. We always crate him when we aren't home but wondering at what age we should start giving him access outside of his crate in a blocked off room to start. Any suggestions on age and/or how to test this? Ideally, we would love for him to be fine enough to just be in the house alone and not get into trouble.
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Mine have always been over 2 years old, really closer to 3. Each dog is an individual. There is no right age, that fits every dog.
June will be 10 in February. Two weeks ago she pawed a clean ceramic spoon rest off the counter.
I was in the middle of loading things up to leave. Walked back in the house, just in time to hear it crashing to the floor. Put her up, and cleaned up the broken pieces.
It's been a lot of years, since her counter surfing days. But she was on steroids, for an upper respiratory infection. She's always been highly food motivated, and being on steroids, I guess she just couldn't resist.
If there is a way to get in trouble, or hurt, a Vizsla will figure out how to do it. I never 100 percent trust mine.
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They experience personal space differently than we do....

To answer your question, it depends on the dog. Some just cannot nor should not be left in the house, ever. Some can handle a limited amount of time. Others have no problems at all and will just refuse the crate altogether. AJ was fine at 4 months..he was an incredibly mature, settled puppy...but at 5 yrs really cannot handle more than a couple hours. So, even if it seems OK it can change. Is yours complaining or is it your guilt?

6 months seems early for long stretches regardless, you can try leaving him for a few minutes..after exercise!... even set the cam up from your PC and see how he does. Recall that an anxious Vizlsa...imagine!...can get into an incomprehensible array of destructive behaviors when alone and anxious or stressed.
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We were very lucky with our Cashew, at 6 months old we were able to leave him out of the crate, & he never did anything to our house. We started out just leaving him out while we went to grocery around the corner from our house, came home & he was all spread-out on the sofa waiting for us

He has a doggy door to the back yard where he can go potty in his area, sometimes we would find him outside sunning on the patio loveseat with our cat! He did however like to go dig & hide his chew-bones in the garden.....! He out grew that by 1 1/2, does not do that anymore. He is 3 1/2 yrs. old now, & is fabulous, & of course very spoiled.

I do believe it is very individual to each vizsla though, as I have several friends with Vizsla's & it is a mixed bag. Some are like Cashew & some they cannot leave them out of crate when home alone.

We did make a consorted effort when Cashew was a pup to walk him, & twice a day take him to run his little brown butt off with other dogs, also took him everywhere with us that dogs were permitted.
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Sadie was very destructive when we first got her (rescue) and we thought she was OK with a crate, but something set her off and she destroyed a heavy duty crate and then proceeded to destroy my shop (crazy photos somewhere in the past on this site).

Skipping a description of other destruction, and getting right to our solution:

1) A dog door so she could go in and out of the house at will (closed after sunset).

2) A special shoebox of rawhide treats and a kong that she ONLY got when we left the house. She would look forward to the "treat box" so us leaving became a "good" thing in part.

3) Never gone for more than 5 hours (pet sitter or with us otherwise).

Not a single destructive episode after that.
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