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    1. #11
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      Quote Originally Posted by MontananDakota View Post
      Mine were 3 years old. Labs are essentially babies until that age and rather than risk their getting hurt or destroying your things it's just best to kennel them while you're not there.
      She's been crate trained & she likes it, but the cage is huge & we live in a small apartment. I was hoping she was old enough to be on her own, but I'm obviously wrong lol. More or less I was venting, but we will continue to be patient with her & let her mature a little further.


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      don't fight it. Just crate her. 1 is still VERY young, and far from mature. Not that many dogs are out of the crate by 1.


      How long are the exercises periods for? Do you also go for walks? what about mental exercise (training, games, whatever to make her use that brain of hers)?

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      Quote Originally Posted by windycanyon View Post
      I had a trainer friend tell one of my pup owners this a couple weeks ago on FB (funny, I've been breeding 22 yrs and never heard it before but it's OH SO TRUE!!!).

      Labradors: Chew til 2. Shed til dead.
      That’s awesome!!!!

      I’ve been lucky that none of mine have been big chewers, and the oldest to become trustworthy was Mulder at around a year. The girls have all been good once they were done teething. BUT - someone is usually home with them, so they are supervised in the house (rather than crated unless we are out) and get plenty of instruction on what is and isn’t allowed from a very young age ... I think that helps as compared to if they’d been spending more time in a crate from earlier on because there wasn’t anyone available to supervise.
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      Takoda was crated during the day until he was about a year and half. I used a big wire crate during the day(he liked it better could see more and it was more breezy). After that he was confined to the kitchen when not supervised(with a baby gate) until he was about 3 years old. Luckily he does not like to jump and he never knocked over the gate both of which would have been easy for him to do!

      When he was around 3 I did a few test outings with him 15 min then 45 min then an hour plus to see how he did having free reign in the house and he passed with flying colors. He now has free reign and has a dog door in the kitchen that he uses when he wants to go out. Funny thing is he still sleeps in the kitchen most of the time if I'm out for the day.

      Zeke is crated 100% of the time when I am not there to supervise him(13 weeks). I also plan to use the larger wire crate with him once he's a bit bigger and I anticipate he will stay crated until he is close to 3 years old as well. It's the safest way to ensure your furniture and other precious items are safe along with your dog.

      I don't think I'll be able to use the baby gate with Zeke he is already much more bolder and much more hoppy then Takoda was so he'll likely spend more time in a crate during the day time will tell.

      Takoda actually loves sleeping in a crate to this day. I had to wean him of this recently before I got Zeke because I cannot fit two large dog crates in my bedroom so I dismantled the large crate Takoda was using and had him sleep in the dog bed for a few weeks. Prior to that he had a dog bed and the crate with the door open. He would start out on the dog bed but by the middle of the night he was curled up in the back of his crate, he's 4.5. He may actually want to sleep with Zeke in the large dog crate once he moves into that, LOL!
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      Boy, I've been pretty lucky then.

      LOL, when Jet was three months old and out at a car graffiti night a lady who said she used to breed Labs told me they chew till 2. As she and her husband walked on he leaned over and loudly whispered in my ear, "They chew all their lives." I've never had a hard core chewer though.

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      As you can see from all these answers, each dog is different. We crated Lucy until she was about 1.5. If you're concerned about leaving her in the crate for too many hours, is there someone who can come over mid-day to let her out for a while? Or maybe doggie day care 1 or 2 days a week?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      That’s awesome!!!!

      I’ve been lucky that none of mine have been big chewers, and the oldest to become trustworthy was Mulder at around a year. The girls have all been good once they were done teething. BUT - someone is usually home with them, so they are supervised in the house (rather than crated unless we are out) and get plenty of instruction on what is and isn’t allowed from a very young age ... I think that helps as compared to if they’d been spending more time in a crate from earlier on because there wasn’t anyone available to supervise.

      That's a really good point - since the husband and I work from home we were there from Day 1 to work on what was and wasn't appropriate. I doubt Thor would have been trustworthy at 9 months if we hadn't had that consistency.
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      We started leaving Gigi off crate after 7 months alone . We usually never did 7 hr till she was 9 months. She is very very hyper as per everyone who has ever owned a lab tell us.

      We started leaving her alone in the camper.compared ro a house a camper is a very easy to escape and damage . She just hangs out.but we have to trick her to leave the camper .



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      My firs was about 8 months one was 2 1/2 years. I need to trust them. Vic

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      I find 1 year old is too young to expect a lab to be out of its crate and not chew. Not unheard of, but rare. Just crate the dog. Better than them chewing your house up or choking on something when you aren't there. I still crate one of my 9 year olds and my 6 year old.
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