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Puppies and young dogs (for as long as it takes, that can be for their first year or even more, depending on the dog, the training they got before leaving the breeder and the effectiveness of the training from the new family) need to be confined to whatever space they can be successful in.
After that, can accidents happen? Well, of course. They can with human children and human adult too. But not often. Giving your dogs an indoor potty option (just as we have an indoor toilet to use as needed) goes a long way toward preventing "accidents" which are, more often than not, "accidents" of humans not letting the dog out when it really needs to go. And we don't put up electric shock wires to keep either humans or animals out of areas of the house. We don't use them outdoors either.
My dogs are 10, 4 and 3. I can't remember the last time there was an accident in my house. An adult dog who s "having accidents" unless they are ill, is not a house trained dog.
I do gate the dogs out of specific areas for a couple of reasons. They are gated out of the front entry, because otherwise they sit there in the windows and hurl insults at the turkey flock.They are gated out of the upstairs (where the bedrooms are) because the youngest believes she is "Goldilocks" and must "try every bed" (and un-make it in the process) if given unsupervised access. But I would never use an electric fence as a way of keeping her downstairs. I don't want her to be afraid to go upstairs other times. If I minded having a gate across the stairs, I'd ask people to keep bedroom doors closed. If they didn't, their problem if their bed got rumpled.
Oh, and they are gated IN my office whenever we are not home. That is our alternative to crating. They are happy and comfortable there, with a couch and their beds, water and a litter box. And more room to move around than they would in a crate. _WE_ know that in case of an emergency, they are in a contained space, where they are easy for someone to find and get them out of the house.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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