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Hello all once again! So glad that the weather has decided to warm up a little here in PA! Got to go out and do some fun activities with Snickers YAY:)
So here is my issue.....Stimpy lived with my husband at his parents house for a little over a year before we were married (we got him Aug. 2000 and finally moved in together Nov. 2001) Anyway, he was left in the bathroom a lot.. they figured it was easier to keep him there in case he had an accident, easy clean up... well when we finally moved in together, we bought a crate for him. Well one day I came home from work, and we had just put a new lock on the screen door, well... I couldn't get the key to work, so I had to bust open the back door, and in the process heard the pitter patter of paws across the linoleum floor. He had escaped, and his nose was bleeding... granted we zip tied this thing, it was like Ft. Knox. So from that day on, he was free to roam the house... he did not touch a thing (except for the occasional dirty dish from the sink)
Now flash forward... I was VERY adamate about crate training Snickers, cause I heard of the benefits (mainly potty training). Now it seems that my Hubby and I can't agree, I say when you can't pay attention to her she should be penned, he says that it will make her more hyperactive. I think it gives her more structure and prevents her from getting into something she shouldn't have. I also am TRYING to make it a rule that when we eat, she gets penned... she's a huge mooch.. and yes I know we own a food motivated breed...
Some sort of input/ guidance would be GREATLY appreciated
 

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Ok, let me reword this... Snickers is in one of those playard pens, shortened enough to fit her, her bed, and her food and water bowls. Sorry I didn't differentiate the word crate from pen. But she is in there while my husband and I work (full time) And I am usually off Tues. and Fri., and he is off the weekends, so she's not in there for 8-9 hours every day.
Thanks again for all the input... so nice to have such a strong support system:)
 

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Update: We have been doing VERY well lately.. we have now learned to alert mom and/or dad when we have to go out. Pen time has been reduced to only when Mom and Dad are not home with me. Accidents have dropped dramatically (yes I did knock on wood) And the weather the past few days has been prime for evening walks/ meet and greets (cause we are always meeting someone new!)
Thanks again for all the advice! We love our Basset family!
 
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