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      Can't leave my Lab out without something being destroyed!!!

      So frustrated beyond all reason! We have a 1 yr old female lab & she's fine in the kennel & around us. She plays with her toys like she's supposed to & don't want her to be in the kennel forever. I want her to be able to roam freely at home while we're gone, but at what point does that happen? We take her out twice a day for vigorous exercise (especially before we leave). Make sure she takes a potty break also before we leave. There's something that's tore up when we get back even though she has plenty of chew toys to play with. Any tips? Is she just simply too energetic & young to be on her own? We don't leave her for more than 6-7 hours on her own. Thanks for the help in advance.

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      Can't leave my Lab out without something being destroyed!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Mahojda80 View Post
      So frustrated beyond all reason! We have a 1 yr old female lab & she's fine in the kennel & around us. She plays with her toys like she's supposed to & don't want her to be in the kennel forever. I want her to be able to roam freely at home while we're gone, but at what point does that happen? We take her out twice a day for vigorous exercise (especially before we leave). Make sure she takes a potty break also before we leave. There's something that's tore up when we get back even though she has plenty of chew toys to play with. Any tips? Is she just simply too energetic & young to be on her own? We don't leave her for more than 6-7 hours on her own. Thanks for the help in advance.

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      My older boy was not trustworthy to stay out of his crate for that length of time until he was about 3 years old. Our younger dog was okay out of her crate for 7-8 hours at about 18 months. Every dog has their own time frame for maturing. Yours is just saying that she's not ready yet. It doesn't mean she'll always need to be crated. I'd wait a few months and try again, starting with much shorter periods of time alone out of her crate to see if she's ready yet. Some will seem okay for a few weeks and then have an unsuccessful day. It's frustrating but rushing things usually doesn't get better results. Give her a little time and hopefully she'll be one of those early maturers.


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      I can't leave mine out. They either stay in "their room" (if it's hot outside) or during cooler weather, in a kennel run (which I recommend for everyone to construct.)

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      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.

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      Is there a reason why you don't want to crate her? Being untrustworthy and mischievous are perfect reasons TO crate her. I still crate my 3 year old. At this point he doesn't need it, but he loves his crate so in he goes.


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      My Samson was 2 years old when I let him out 4.5 hours a day while I was at work. I'd leave him out when I left for work and then my sitter came over, at the end of the visit she would crate him. We tested that for a few months and after he displayed positive behavior, he was able to stay out. Knock on wood he has not destroyed anything while I'm gone. The crate for him has always been a positive experience. My 7 month old pup Asher loves the crate too. He will go right in when it's time for me to go to work. At night, he doesn't make a peep. He uses Samson's crate now. Samson was a bit bummed at first because he loved to go in his crate and sleep. He has now adjusted to his bed outside the crate. Be patient. The crate a safe haven and a den. I put a very large blanket around mine so the only view is out the front. Extra sense of security for my boy. I'm sure Asher will be in it for a few years. He's a bit more rambunctious than I remember Samson being. He already swallowed a toy and that was under supervision. Mouthy boy! I love him to pieces.

      Good luck to you. Crating is not a bad thing when used correctly.

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      It takes as long as it takes. My Sophie, who is 5 1/2 has had free run since she was about 3. My 14 month old, Brooks is still crated when we leave the house. He has no issues with being in the crate, and will happily run right in from anywhere in the house when I tell him "kennel".

      To the OP, is it you that feel bad the dog is in the crate, or does the dog have an issue with it. I've found that once the dogs learn their crate is a good place, they are more than happy to go in there and crash out for however long. I've had dogs over the years that would go to their crates and sleep, dogs are denning animals, and the crate truly becomes their den.

      One thing I will say, a bored Labrador is not a good thing, they will definitely find something to entertain themselves, and it usually won't be good.

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      We started with very short times - like walking outside to get the mail. We're talking 60-90 seconds. When we started extending the time alone outside of the crate we used cameras - DropCams - to keep an eye on him via our phones. And by extended times I mean 5 minutes while we were outside chatting with neighbors. From there it went to ~30 mins during a quick run to the store, always keeping an eye on things via our cameras. The minute he slipped up it was back to the crate and starting from the beginning. We were very lucky that Thor was trustworthy alone at about 9 months old. I know from this board that that is highly unusual, and I'm very lucky to have a lab that isn't too chewy. I think it is also important to note that we still left his crate available to him, and by watching our cameras I know he spent the majority of his alone time snoozing in it. It's important that they are comfortable there.

      I learned this technique from people here - I don't think we would have been nearly as fortunate without approaching it in this way.
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      To the OP, is it you that feel bad the dog is in the crate, or does the dog have an issue with it.

      That's a good question. From what you say, it sounds dumb of me to say now lol, but yea; I guess I do feel bad that our Mellow is stuck in a kennel for up to 7 hours. She has been positively trained into the kennel & she doesn't have any issues with it, but I guess I still feel like they might be more comfortable with a larger area to be in.

      She will go back into the kennel & we will give her some more time to mature.

      Thanks for your feedback.



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