We have been working with Wrigley to let him not be crated while we are not home. A few months ago we would not have left him out of his crate unsupervised. However, at two and a half, we have decided he is old enough and mature enough to handle being out alone.
The process began with times when we were leaving for VERY short trips (15 minutes or less). Then we increased the lengths of time after several successful outings. We’re now up to 6 hours of alone and free in the house time.
I can not stress enough how important it was for us and Wrigley that we set him up for success. He is always left with some fun treat. Sometimes it’s a KONG Classic Kong Dog Toy filled with peanut butter; or a nice meaty bone. We also have a puzzle toy (Food Cube Large Size) we fill with dry kibble. As he manipulates it, he is rewarded with food! We are very pleased with the progress he is making and enjoy the fact that he does not have to spend time in his crate when we leave the house.