I also have a shihpoo, 11 mths old. I work all day and have crated her from the start. Now when she sees me in my work uniform she just comes downstairs and goes straight into her crate, although she also goes to the crate when she does something wrong so that is the heads up for me to see what she did, lol. They are a very smart breed, sometimes too smart but like I said, mine is sometimes crated as long as 8-12 hrs and she does fine. The crating is to protect her as she does get into stuff when I turn my back, tissues, plants, paper will be chewed but as for shoes and such she has never chewed them. Keeping my fingers crossed that she outgrows this stage, it is getting better but I give her those large chew bones and have from the day the got her at 10 wks old.
Answered by Anonymous - 1/10/2013 4:24:30 PM