My wife and I have a 3 month old Shiba Inu/Poodle mix. The crate training is rather hit and miss, and that could be because my wife his home with him during the day and he is likely peeing without us realizing it (she keeps as good of an eye on him as she can).
I work a full-time job and my wife is leaving for a week (we will have had him for 2 weeks when she leaves). My plan is to get home over the lunch hour, but it will be about 5 hours on both sides of lunch before he is let out. He peed in his crate for the first time today as my wife had him in there for about 3 hours to prepare him for next week.
I am wondering how to handle next week.
- Should I keep him in the crate even though he may pee in there (and potentially become unhappy with us)?
- Or should I leave him in a bathroom with his crate, food, water, and some toys in there?
I know if I take option 2 he may have more accidents, but I think it could be less of a shock for him and make the week easier on him.