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Updated Rex Pics 7.5 Months

Just wanted to post some updated pics of Rex. He's about 7 and 1/2 months old now and he's doing great now with his potty training. I had a question come up. Normally he would be in his kennel in the bedroom, but I have a camera watching the kennel and it's horrible. He's barking every 5 mins, panting, just generally not happy. So I figured maybe we could try giving him the run of the apartment starting with and hour here and an hour there. Blocked off anything he can destroy and he did great. I have been leaving him out until lunch time this week when I go home from work and he's great no issues. He seems generally happier no barking or going crazy things like that. Seems great but I keep hearing from people that it's not a good idea because dogs need to be in their kennels when left alone. What's anyone's take on this? Is this the wrong solution for my dog?


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If he's happier and is not doing anything wrong, it seems to me you're doing exactly the right thing. Adorable photos.

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Thanks. As you can see he's a lazy puppy
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The pics are adorable, He is the king of the house, I see!

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I always have given Bacca run of the house. I go home at lunch time and walk him and play for a while and he is fine all day. He has always been trustworthy. He is also a lazy bum and loves to sleep!

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Lizzie has run of the house and has for probably the last year. Even before that she was not really in the kennel much. Back then I had her confined to the kitchen. When I come home she is either on the back of the couch or meets us at the door. It is 50/50.

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My boys have run of the house. Cash actually became better behaved and was quicker at learning house training once we let him out of his pen. He just hated being locked up and would tear apart the pen and the pee pad. Some dogs just don't do well in a crate. It's good to keep it familiar and use it from time to time, so he knows it and doesn't become stressed if you have to use it to either travel or take him to the vet. We don't anymore, but we used to keep the boys in their crates at night but in the bedroom with us.




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I think safety is the first concern. As long as Rex is not able to get into somthing that could harm him he should be fine. Oscar stays in the kitchen most of the time when I leave, but I have left him out at times, and he just lay on the sofa when I returned. I never had Oscar in a crate. I just think that it is too confined, and he would be miserable. The kitchen is closed off with baby gates and provides enough space for him to play.
I love your pictures! Rex is such a cute boy
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