We got our Yellow Lab about 4 weeks ago from a good local breeder. I plan to make him a duck dog for hunting. He will be 11 weeks old on Monday. We are crating him on the back porch during the day while at work and i go home at lunch to let him out and then again after work. We also crate him at night while sleeping. Our back yard is completely fenced in. My question is at what age is it acceptable to give him free range of the back yard and not crate him anymore. I'm not worried about him getting out. I'm more worried about him chewing up something that will kill him. I will obviously clean up all material i thought he could get into prior to this.
He is allowed inside while we are home for play and sleep. Once he is full grown he will only be allowed inside for sleep. Play will be outside. So he does need to be house broken. He has had a few accidents in the house when we first got him but we watch him like a hawk now and he gives us just alittle warning before going...i usually catch him in time.
So at what point can I let him just roam the back yard at night and at work? Thanks! Any other tips will be appreciated. He is an awesome puppy...he has sit, stay and come down well already and sits on the whistle sometimes. I'm getting him there!