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When my guys were pups, I had to spray bitter apples on everything. I also hid as many electrical cords as possible. I would crate them at night, but during the day I set up an xpen. The pen had food, water, toys, bricks made into steps, pee pad, bed etc in it. I was against the crate, because I work a lot of hours. When they were pups I had someone come in every 4-5 hrs.
My guys are now 6, 5 and 4. They have run of the house, a dog door, and a fenced in yard. When I work, they pretty much sleep on the back of the couches and wait for me to come home. I have a dog walker take them for the entire day or come in at the 4-5 hour mark. She walks them for an hour a day. When I have days off, or short days, I walk them a good hour. That's pretty much all they need. They sleep most of the day. They are not much into toys, but they love treats and their walks. They don't destroy or chew anything at this age. As a matter of fact, they were never very destructive. Scudder chewed a couple blue tooth ear pieces that were left on the floor.... but that's about it. They don't even go after the toilet paper rolls anymore! So basically they eat, sleep, walk, follow me around, eat, sleep, maybe another walk, get groomed and go to bed.They are the easiest 3 dogs!
Also, they can sleep in bed with me or on their dog beds. I have their bed up high at the same level as my bed. When I go on vacation, my dog sitter stays at my house with them. I don't have potty times, because they have a dog door. They just go in and out as they please. No set meal times either, because my jobs are different times everyday. They have eaten as early as 3:30-4 am and they are fed no later than 7pm.
I wash and groom them myself. They get their nails cut every 2 weeks. They get haircuts every 4-6 weeks. I wash them every 7-10 days.