Hello, I wanted to see what everyone thought might be some good signs that you can start giving your dog a "test" to see if he can behave by himself at home with no crates or gates? I have a small puppy and we gate him in the kitchen and of course I wasnt thinking and left a foot stool by one of the gates and he got on the foot stool and jumped over the gate. When I got home he made a accident on the floor but I didnt see anything tore up or anything. Of course I want to keep him in the kitchen until he is old enough to hold himself, but I am somewhat impressed that he doesnt chew on wood or anything else. Anyways, let me know how you guys could tell that your boxer was ready to have the run of the house and be trusted to do so! Thank you all for your posts!!