Dogs (of just about any breed) age from birth to the equivalent to a 16 year old from their birth to age 12 months. By the time they are a year old, they will be about 16 years old (in human years). If you have a puppy, you will not want to leave it alone by itself until it is old enough to be able to act like an adult - probably about 18 months or so - perhaps longer depending on the maturity of the individual dog. Crate training will keep your puppy (and cat!) safe and sound while you are gone. It's not cruel - it's kind! Dogs like to be in a bed of their own and your puppy will soon come to see its crate as a safe place to be.
Answered by tcarlson2003 - 10/15/2010 9:51:01 PM