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    Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    Summer is coming to an end, and Toby has had a wonderful life *out* of his crate for most of the day because I'm a teacher, and we were all home. So now I'm sad to think that he'll go back into his crate while we're all school (not to mention, during the night while we sleep).

    We have left him alone in the house, out of his crate, this summer a few times for VERY short times. Running to the library, or the grocery store, etc. But he wasn't always well-behaved. His biggest "problem" is digging in the couch and pulling out the stuffing. I just know if we left him out all day, we wouldn't have a couch left - LOL!

    What do you think of leaving a dog in one room, like the kitchen? Since I've never had a dog before, I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not? Pros and cons? I'd love to hear all of your wisdom.

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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    When we leave our dog, we either crate him or leave him out in the living room. He doesn't have any problems being out in the living room. I just make sure I pick up any "Hamilton tempting" items - like plastic things (pens, USB drives :P), loose paper (he likes to shred), put away any boxes of tissues (he likes to pull them out.. and shred), and make sure there's nothing he can get into. I could probably leave him out in the entire house and he'd be fine, I just don't want to have to check my entire house for Hamilton tempting objects every time I leave, and it gives the cats "dog free" time in most of the house!

    Will someone be coming home at lunch to walk him? If so, you could try splitting the day between crate and kitchen at first. That's how we started! Now it's just a decision based on how picked up the living room is.
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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    It's not a bad idea I keep Faxon in my laundry room and lately I have been keeping Roxie in a playpen instead of the crate. It's nice to give them more space, I think.
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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    We fenced off the back part of the pantry for the dogs to stay in over night or when nobody is at home. It's about 60sqf, much bigger than a crate and they aren't able to wrack havoc in the house.
    They used to pull out and chew everything electric before.(vacuum cleaner, sat receiver etc) I'm surprised they didn't electrecute themselves.

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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    Katie stays in the bedroom all day and is fine. She's well behaved inside, but barks at things she sees out the front window. I don't want to encourage that, so she has no access during the day.

    One day, my husband forgot to close the bedroom door when he left for work. I don't think Katie even noticed; she was sleeping on the bed when I got home - she didn't even move when she heard the garage door (and she does if one of us is home with her).

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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    I think it's a great idea. It's a great way to test whether they might be ok in the whole house.

    I would probably start with a trial run of 2-4 hours first since you've only left him alone for a short time so far and he did find stuff to get into.

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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    Just make sure you've got all things he could get harmed on locked away safely, like cleaning materials, knives, etc. Also lock all the food up.
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    Re: Leaving dog in one room during the day......

    I leave my 5 month old puppy in the bathroom all day while I'm at work, and overnight most of the time. He does very well in there! I wanted to do a room instead of a crate to give him a little more play room since I'm gone all day. I've been doing this since I got him about a month and a half ago, and I think he appreciates the extra space! He did, however, have an issue with chewing the corner of the baseboard. I sprayed some of the chew-stop spray on it, though, and it hasn't been a problem since.



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