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When you guys go out and have to leave pup at home, do you crate pup or confine pup to a designated area or let pup run free through the house?
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Abby goes in a crate. She had a little problem with Separation Anxiety at first so I put in an old T-shirt that I wore first and that seemed to help alot. That might be a good thing to do the first time they're left anyway to help ease any stress they may feel.

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In my case, to the expen she goes.


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Awesome Dave! Just keep sending me links and articles...I've been reading tonnes, but some stuff is conflicting and I prefer to read stuff that recommended by people in the know.
My little fellow is 5 years old and apparently goes to the door to scratch when he wants out, so I'm thinking (hoping) that potty won't be an issue and he won't need a pee station. Since I work from home, it's not too often that there's no one home so I don't think Sammy will be alone too often and if he is then certainly not for too long at a time, but I think that I will definitely crate or x-pen him when no one is home. Personally, IMHO, I think it's safer all the way round...just in case.
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Ok I missed something. Yeah you will have to play it by ear. Still ,treat him like a pup as far as taking him out is concerned. Every hour on the hour is the safest way. Until you find out his routine. Lots of praise and rewards for going properly. You'll eventually figure out how long you can go without taking him out.

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Since your dog is older and sounds like he is already trained, you could probably just put him in an ex-pen when he is alone.

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I've read that with young pups you should keep them on a leash beside you so that you can tell when they have to go out. I may try that until he gets the lay of the land. I expect there may be some accidents or regression with the change to a new home and new routine and all that. But basically he will be with us almost all the time since we're home so much, and even when we go out on homeschool gatherings, if it's an outdoor everyone always brings their dogs along too. My only concern might be if he has to go at night if we will hear him telling us or if we will find a surprise in the morning. I wonder if I can teach him at night to use a pee pad if he needs it, cuz I don't really want to confine him, even to a x-pen, overnight if he would prefer to sleep with my son. Oh so many questions LOL.
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I work from home so she's not left alone too often but I had Piper in an expen when I went out until she was one. The first time I left her out I was really nervous but she just sits at the top of the stairs and waits for me to come home. I've never had a problem.

I think because he is older, your dog will not have any problem sleeping through the night without having to go out.

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yeah you'll have to play it by ear. Because of the change in his routine and new home, I would get up with him in the middle of the night and take him out. It might be risky putting him in bed with your son till you figure him out.

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