5 Month old Shih Tzu
My wife and I have had a little Shih Tzu puppy for about three months now. In the beginning we crate trained him, putting him in there at night, and he adjusted quite well. Then I was talking to someone and they led me to believe that he would probably be fine to roam the house so I gave it a try to see how he would make out. We also have an enclosed back yard that's very safe, no wild animals have access (and it's not really that big either). I've been letting him have the run of the house at night but if the doggy door isn't open he tends to take a poo in the house. Thankfully, if it IS open he does his business outside. He isn't barking or anything, I'm just wondering if it's healthy to give a young dog like him access to the outdoors at night, unsupervised. As I said, we're in a great neighborhood and there's no access to our yard for any other animals to get in. I'm not even sure how much time he spends out there and I'm pretty sure he stays inside unless he has to go do his business.
Anyway, I'm still a bit of an amateur with dogs so I thought I'd ask anyone here what they thought of this. I tried to put him back in his crate tonight but he simply wasn't having it and barked A LOT. As I said, perhaps I'm worrying for no reason as he seems pretty fine with the doggy door arrangement and having the run of the house. Just wanted to double check and make sure I'm not scarring him for life!
Also... MAN ARE THEY STUBBORN.