Scout just turned 2 on 7/15. She has slept at night out of the crate for over a year now. I would always close my bedroom door and she would be confined to just the bedroom at night. Recently, with the warmer weather, I have been leaving my bedroom door open to get more air flow. This means Scout has had free roam of the house at night. She has done really well. Most nights she just stays on the bed with me. I have only found a few shoes moved around but I moved them into a closet so they wouldn't be out to tempt her.
I still crate her during the day when I am at work and really any time that I am not at home. It is becoming harder and harder to coax her into the crate though. I wonder if she is at a level where I can start leaving her out of the crate when I am not home? When do you know it's the right time?
And if it is the right time do I test it out in small chunks of time? I think right now the only thing she would do is bark or whine at the door for a bit once I leave. That is what she does when I leave her inside when I go outside to the garage or to water the plants. But maybe she only does that because she knows I am out there without her?
Any advice is appreciated!