Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I too think he is in his crate by himself too long. We brought Loki home at 10 weeks. I leave for work about 8:30 and my husband gets home around 5. Since the beginning I get up early with him and play. During the summer when it was so hot, we would go for a walk - starting at 10 minutes - and then he would eat while I dressed. I had the walkers come for 2 puppy walks a day - about 10 minutes late morning and mid-afternoon. He was left in the expen with bedding, pee pad, toys, and a hamster water bottle. In the evenings we would play and walk again or go to puppy kindergarten. Walks have gradually gotten longer and he is now 99% housebroken. Once I was sure he wouldn't chew he now gets to stay babygated in the kitchen and family room. I know he plays with his toys while I am gone because I put them all in the toy box before I leave in the morning and they are all over the floor when I get home. He still has access to the expen for the pee pad and his bed. The dog walkers now come for two 15 minute walks during the day and I walk him for 30 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes at night, in addition to playing fetch and watching him run zoomies. Sometimes he has used the pee pad but most of the time it is dry. I am thinking of moving to one 30 minute walk during the day in the new year. Also, the walkers give him a small kong with frozen wet food in it when they leave. It might be overkill but I think it helps him pass the day. I didn't do a very good job making him like the crate/expen when the door is closed and I am home but he is ok once we leave. But I know that is he more content in the kitchen/family room.