Un-Crate Training: 6 Steps To Teaching Your Dog To Be Responsible Around The House

Un-crate training, aka how do you know when your dog is ready to be responsible enough to be left roaming around your home? 

I find a lot of people begin crate training, and then they … kind of don’t know how to transition their dog to the way they want their dog, which is free roaming through the house. 

Naturally, the idea of un-crate training comes with a lot of questions and trepidation. 

Why? Because increasing them from a crate and monitored time in the home to being totally unmonitored whilst you’re out or whilst you sleep? Is really hard to know if they’re going to make a mistake which might cost you your TV, or your Grandma’s Ming Vase…

Well, fear not, because I got you (as always!). 

In this post, we’re going to explore how to get from crated bed times, to successful household roaming status! 

First let’s answer a question

What Age Should My Puppy Be To Begin Un-Crate Training?

Well, this very much depends on the individual – my real ‘criteria’ are below. But generally speaking? It can happen as early as 5 months, and any time thereafter. Personally? I uncrate trained Indie around 6 months.

Step 1 – Assess

So initially you want to look for some things that might suggest that your puppy is ready to start being responsible in and around your home. Instinctively, you’re going to get the inkling that they will be okay, but if you’re uncertain, here are some Green Lights and some Red Flags I’d look for.

✅ Toilet training is complete
✅ Chewing is directed to appropriate chews or toys.
✅ Needs minimal monitoring around the home
✅ Doesn’t door dash
✅ Reliable recall
✅ Can settle
✅ Sleeps overnight🚩 Still trying to chew unsanctioned things
🚩 Still having accidents in the home
🚩 Needs a lot of monitoring when around the home
🚩 Door Dashes.
🚩 Inappropriate behaviour with household members
🚩 no recall. 

The following would be beneficial but not required:
✳️ A place or bed cue
My instinct says that the one you’re questioning the most? Is the recall one. I mean, why do you need recall in the home? 

Well, that’s because I’m a massive advocate of calling your pup off of something they shouldn’t be doing as opposed to physically adjusting where they are – regardless of whether you’re capable of moving them or not. 

Try and treat your dog like they’re huge and of a weight that you couldn’t physically move them. That will instantly give you a respect for them that they will benefit from in the long run.

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