Will I always need to confine my dog?

Jul 24, 2020

Will I always need to confine my dog?

by Dr. Debra F. Horwitz | Behavior Bits

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There may come a time when your dog is house trained and no longer chewing on your possessions and you may want to allow them more freedom. First, try allowing them to venture out of their crate or safe place while you are home to supervise what they do. Then, try a few short departures and see what happens. It is also important to set a video recording to see what they do when you are gone. Do they run around and grab things? Do they bark out windows? Or do they just settle down and rest? Do they interact with toys you have left for them? If the dog is calm and quiet and you wish to give them full run of the house over time, slowly begin to increase the time they are loose alone in the home. However, it is always nice to have a designated safe spot where your dog feels comfortable so it pays to keep putting your dog in their safe place for varied amounts of time every-so-often. You never know when you will need to confine your dog away from a repairman, a small child or any other needs that might arise. Continuing to do so will help your dog feel comfortable in their safe space.

About the Author

Dr. Debra F. Horwitz
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • 2012 recipient of the Veterinarian of the Year
  • NAVC 2012 and NAVC 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year

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