Un-crate our dog?
November 17, 2008 8:52 AM Subscribe
I have a bichon frise/shih tzu mix dog named Beatrix who is a little over 1 year old. She is crate trained and has no problem with going into the crate when my husband leaves for work. She spends no more than 5 hours in the crate a day while we are at work. Next week my husband's work hours will be changing and this will mean that Beatrix will be at home for 8 hours alone while we are at work. Unfortunately we cannot afford to hire a dog walker. We are thinking about leaving her out of the crate since it seems like a significantly longer time to keep her cooped up. Is this the best thing to do? If so, how should we go about it?
posted by traceymariel to pets & animals (16 answers total)
When my husband starts to get ready to leave for work, she automatically goes and sits in her crate without being told. She does have slight separation anxiety with me, maybe because I am the one who always lets her out of the crate when I get home from work but hardly ever am the one to leave her in the crate.