When should I leave him out the crate

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Ok, so Apollo is close to six months and I still crate him at night and when I leave (work, store,errands). When and how do I start training Apollo to stay in the house alone without destroying everything in site. I never really catch him chewing on anything he is not supposed to. I left a pair of shoes in his crate and a nylabone and he left the shoes alone and only chewed on his toy. I am not sure if he will go potty in the house if I am not here to supervise (and we just changed out our carpets!!!) but he tells us when he has to go and doesn't have accidents inside at all (cept that one time he was feeling ill but I can't blame that on him).

that being said, what steps should I take to begin this process. Apollo only goes outside to play, he is a full time inside dog and I want him to have the freedom to roam while I am not here or I am asleep. Also, doesn't make any sense to have such a wonderful guard dog kenneled up when the bad guys try to get in. He is a big boy (50 - 55 lbs) and I am sure he can cause some damage if I do not do this right so I am turning to my dobies experts for advice!

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Oh I am anxious to see responses to this one!  I would love to start leaving Harley alone at home.

I would imagine the first step would be:  Step one, exercise your doberman.

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hehehehe - this post made me smile (and a little jealous)! our little girl moby is a little over 6 months old and my husband and i were joking the other day that it may be YEARS before we could ever leave her out alone! we catch her trying to sneak things to chew ALL THE TIME! shoes, kids toys, the rug, the couch, the logs in the fireplace (!), you name it - when she is feeling naughty and not exhausted from exercise she is ROTTEN (but so damn adorable all you can do is laugh). I thank god everyday for our crate - it is the only thing saving our house and belongings at the present time. I look so forward to the day when the princess can be trusted with the run of her kingdom :)

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You could try leaving Apollo out to roam free for short amounts of time at first. If Apollo has done well in his cage (with your shoes) and generally follows instructions pretty well while you are there, give him the opportunity to prove himself - one small trip to the store at a time.

Zeke is only 4 months and I sometimes allow him to stay out of his cage (if I'm going to be away for an hour or less). He doesn't destroy anything and is earning more and more of my trust every day. He knows that pissing and pooping in the house is the NO-NO of LIFE, and although he's still teething, he already understands that certain items (chords, shoes and throw rugs) are totally off limits. 

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Also when you start letting Apollo free roam in the home make sure its only a small section of your home so if he possesses any anxieties while you are away only a section will have issues not the whole place. As Randevyn stated start off with small time frames. My doberboy is 6 months and still can't be trusted alone inside the house due to his seperation issues, but he does fine in our confined backyard for a few hours with not much fuss.

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We have once again begun the process too.  We tried at 6 months he ate the kitchen floor (linoleum), we tried again at 1 1/2 years and lost a couch in the process..

 

He's older and much calmer so we have begun once again.  Small amounts at first...and hour or two max.  Keep doing this and keep working the time longer...some dogs just aren't destructive and others are.   Rocky is the only dog including my last Doberman that I have had to crate past 6 months old.    We generally shut all the doors so he has access only to the kitchen, living room and a hallway but no access to bedrooms or our offices.

 

I left him for 2 hours the other day and about 1/2 hour the next and all has gone well so far....good luck to you too...