Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:52 PM
We adopted a 4 month old Labrador Retriever from our local humane society. She's a really good dog and rarely barks or whines. My husband read up on how to train a dog and decided crate training would be the best method.
She has taken to this fabulously. We've had her a week and *knock on wood* so far no accidents. She's sleeping about 6 hours at night and as soon as we hear her starting to move around in her crate we get up and take her outside. When she's in her crate if she has to go, she will bark and scratch a little at the bottom of the crate near the door. I am assuming that these are all good signs. My husband feels she's crate trained and I would tend to agree, but since this is our first pet we really have no clue.
I've read that you're supposed to keep puppies right next to you on a leash if they're in the house, is that true for a puppy of her age? I know she was used to running around as much as she wanted when she was at the humane society. We let her out in the house for fairly short intervals several times a day and we let her go outside to play whenever she seems to want to. We'd like her to be out of her crate more. At what point can we stop walking around with her and watching every move she makes in the house? Should we increase her time out of her crate?
I guess we're just not sure what to do now. Like I said this is our first pet and we want to do it right so any advice would be really appreaciated!