We have a shepherd/doberman mix named Zoe. She’s a sweet pup, but a bit on the destructive side (in a playfull, everything is a toy to her kind of way). We’ve been teaching her what is and is not ok to play with. In the meantime, we’ve kept her penned up when we’re asleep or at work. There’s a storage area in our finished basement that’s pretty roomy and open, and we put a doggy bed in there for her. There’s a doorway, but no door, so we put a gate on it.
She’s been getting much better at not messing with stuff she’s not supposed to mess with, so for the past few days, we’ve been letting her have the run of the basement while we’re asleep or at work. We’ve made sure anything dangerous (or breakable) is well hidden. She’s doing very well!
Every morning before we go to work, and every night before we go to bed, we let her out to potty. When she comes back in, she still goes straight to “her room” and waits for me to shut the gate. When I start walking up the stairs without locking her up, she pokes her head out and looks up at me with an expression of confusion and disbelief. Cracks me up every time.
I wonder how long it will take for her to not expect to be penned up anymore?