We did a very gradual release for Oscar too. As a puppy he had was fenced in with his crate attached to the little area we cornered off for him in the kitchen. Then we gradually removed the little fence area and let him in the kitchen. Then it was leave the kitchen door open and let him have access to the hallway. He did a poo and wee on the first day of letting him into the hallway and we thought we have made a mistake giving him so much freedom. But we stuck to it and it never happened again. Even now, 7 years on Oscar and Bella do no get free roam of the house - they have the living room and the bedroom and that is all so that is all they expect, but we like to give them choice so they can look out the window and watch the world go by or stretch out upstairs. And yes...for the first 6 months Oscar was not allowed anywhere near the bed....but ...when those eyes look at you....and the rest is history.
Oscar & Bella's Mum
Head Baker for Oscar's Bakery - specialist dog bakery - visit our website for delicious, freshly baked birthday cakes, biscuits and muffins
True believer that life without a Cavalier in it is simply not complete.