jami74 Posted July 22, 2018 Report Share Posted July 22, 2018 Hi, I'm new here but have been reading the forums for a while now. We have a beautiful black & white border collie puppy, he's about 16 weeks and we've had him since about 7-8 weeks. .. I wasn't planning on using a crate but a few hours into our first night our puppy just kept climbing out his bed and we couldn't leave him, so we got one the next day. He has always been happy to go in it at bedtime and he currently sleeps in it from about 10pm until 6.30-7am in it. I work 3 or 4 days a week but there is always someone at home. Apparently when I'm at work the puppy plays/trains a bit, plays a bit by himself and then curls up somewhere (usually next to the sofa) and sleeps quite a lot. When I am at home in the evenings he does not settle and when I'm at home on my days off he doesn't seem to settle or sleep for more than a few minutes. We've realised it is because I'm always on the go, when I'm at work the other humans are generally lounging around quietly watching TV but when I'm home I potter about so our puppy doesn't stay still for long, then he gets over tired and starts getting into mischief (chewing furniture, grabbing at legs, taking things he's not allowed etc). So these last couple of days I've recognised that he's getting tired and popped him into the crate which he has willingly gone and promptly fell asleep. I've then quietly opened the crate after an hour and he's woken up and come out. I've done this a maximum of twice a day for one hour each time. So my question is, how long is it appropriate to crate him for during the day? How long do other puppies/dogs spend crated? He has been so much calmer and more pleasant to be around with a couple of enforced crate times. The difference at puppy class between the session we went to when he'd been awake and playing for hours and the next session where I put him in his crate to sleep for an hour before class was unbelievable! But I feel uncomfortable about shutting him in, I hate cages and have never used anything like a crate before. It's big enough for him to stretch out in and I imagine it will be big enough for him as an adult to sleep in (I hope at some point to take the door off) but it isn't big enough for a bowl of water, it's a bed rather than a living space. He has a couple of small toys (to chew) in there and a small handful of kibble. Is an hour twice a day reasonable? Should we leave him in until he wakes up and asks to come out or is it best to restrict it? I have previous dog and collie experience but have not had a dog since having a family so this is a whole new experience. The puppy is intended to be a companion for my 13 year old son to have adventures with (he's home-schooled). We have stacks of opportunities locally to us, currently doing puppy classes, to follow are obedience classes with agility foundations, later on there is the opportunity to learn to work with sheep, flyball/agility, then further in the future there is sniff training, protection dog training, eventually maybe PAT (Pets As Therapy - visiting nursing homes/hospitals). We live right by the beach, within walking distance of several parks and very close to the river, woods etc. Our puppy has a busy and active life ahead of him. My plan was to remain hands off and let the puppy and boy bond over learning together. They are bonded and adore each other, however watching them is like watching the blind leading the blind. Their reaction times are off so they are missing each others cues and it is quite frustrating to watch. So I've stepped in and am doing some training with the puppy and then passing him to my son and hanging back a bit but offering guidance and this seems to be working okay, except that the puppy very much sees me as 'Mum' and at times they both look at me for guidance rather than each other. My son is reluctant to take him out for walks on his own and when we've been for walks if I've suggested I take an alternate route the puppy has been reluctant to leave me and my son hasn't been confident enough to make him go. Has anyone got any ideas or experiences to help me pass the 'leader' baton to my son if that makes sense? My hope is that they can go off and do things together without me having to follow along. Thank-you in advance X Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.