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Hello,

Our Labrador turned 1 last week. In comparison to some stories I hear he is very chilled out. We dont have children and he goes on atleast 1 big walk a day.

He has been crate trained since the day we got him and at the start this was obviously quite difficult when we went out. We installed a baby cam and when a crying motion was detected we could see how distressed he got himself.

He is a “lockdown” pup but very well socialised. Hes never shown any signs of being destructive. He knows where his toys are and apart from a nibble on a skirting board when he was about 2 months old nothing has ever happened.
He is left in a crate when we go out and were having disussions on whether to remove the crate or not?
What does everyone think?
To me he seems to have adapted to our chilled lifestyle but I do wonder if he wasnt in a crate and we went to work (when lockdown is over) whether we would find some form of destructive anxiety?
 

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I normally decrate at around a year old. But these are strange times. In the past we have established a routine from very early days, but with covid and lockdown the routine you have established is not what the long term routine is likely to be. Really, if he is relaxed in the crate then maybe it would be as well to let sleeping dogs lie, as the old saying goes, until you have started working again and have established the long term routine. For what it's worth thats my thoughts.
 

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I’m with John, if you’ve got space and he’s used to it, keep it.
 
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