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9/23/2008 3:49:42 PM
Posts: 1
Hi All,

I just brought home an 8 week old Weimaraner puppy. I took a few days off work to get her started on crate training, and HAD arrangements for someone to come in once a day to spend time with her at noon or so, but that fell through.

Id like to hear feedback on the following. I dont want to leave her in her crate for 8 hours straight, and since my plans for a mid afternoon pet sitter fell through, I was going to do the following schedule.

5:30 am: wake up, out to potty, than breakfast, than crate.

6:30: Out to potty, come in and put her in the crate and I have my breakfast and shower.

7:00 am. take her out of crate for a 20-30 minute walk, than a 20 minute play period.

8:00 am: She goes into a different crate that is in a larger, yet confined area (such as a puppy safe laundry room). Crate is left open with toys inside, and papers are placed in front of crate for her to eliminate on.

4:30 pm: I get home, take her out to potty, walk, play, train, etc.

5:00 pm: she eats dinner, I eat dinner. than she goes into crate while I take care of house stuff..

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Play, walk, train, etc....outside of crate.

9:00 pm: bedtime for both of us...she is in her crate.

Once she is old enough to control her bladder most of the night, and I can be sure there wont be any accidents, I will have her sleep in my room on a doggy bed.

Thoughts, comments ?

9/25/2008 5:03:40 AM
Posts: 97
A good rule of thumb is that a puppy should not spend more time in her crate than out of it. Although a well thought out schedule I personally would allow her to play outside her crate while you are doing 'house stuff' and showers. A few strategically placed baby gates should protect your house. Do you have a fenced yard? More outside time might help to burn off some of the puppy energy!
9/25/2008 11:30:38 AM
Posts: 253
Sounds like you are doing what you can do.

This is just my opinion on the 8 hour day, though:
If you can hire a dog sitter/dog walker, that is the best thing to do. In some places there are professionals that provide this service and come in around lunch to relieve your dog.
In the absense of that, I have a suggestion:
The point of crate training coincides with teaching your dog to not potty in the house. A puppy can not possibly "hold it" for 8 hours. I would get puppy piddle pads or a dog litter box and train your dog to use that as well as the great outdoors. This gives an acceptable potty area to your pet when he is indoors and that way he doesn't start any habits that are hard to break later. Personally, I've never used piddlepads or litter boxes for my large dogs, but faced with the not being able to let my dog out through the puppy stage, I'd rather they take themselves potty in specific spot that doesn't encourage messiness.

Good luck!