My Tucker is 10 months old. I got him a week ago and he is doing great- he is a very well behaved pup so far!
He had some marking problems the first two days but that has stopped - and he seems to have control over his pee/poop (except for one time his belly hurt - poor guy).
For the first week he was in the crate while were were both at work AND in the crate at night. I did take some half days so I was gone less than normal but one day he was in there a full 7 1/2 hours and no accidents - he didn't even seem to have any sense of urgency about peeing/pooping when I got home.
I am all for crate training but for me I think it is too much time to have him in there at night and during work days.
The crate is in the kitchen and I have the room baby gated off for when I can't keep an eye on him. It is puppy proofed - no wires, nothing to get into - just his crate, toys and water. The only damage I see possible would be chewing but he hasn't shown any interest in chewing anything except socks/slippers.
We go for 45 minute walks every morning and he seems pretty laid bak and sleepy during the day from the walk (in a deep sleep by my feet now) so I thought I was try leaving him out then - but I am not sure which is best. We have staggered schedules so he would be alone 5-8 hours depending on the day. On long days we could take a potty/play break with him lunchtime. Currently at night he sleeps in the crate (in the kitchen) without making a peep. I don't want him in the bed because the cats sleep there and I don't want to kick them out - as accepting as they have been I don't think they are ready to snuggle with him all night :)
So which did you try first - leaving the dog out at night or during the day - and how did it go? Any tips? Thanks!!