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Why You Should Crate Train Your Dog
Dogs benefit from crate training. They will learn not to relieve themselves inside because the crate acts like their den. Because of this instinct, you can use a crate to keep your pet safe while you are unable to watch them and to help them learn how to pee and poop outside. They will come to associate the crate with a safe place to rest and will seek it out on their own accord throughout the day.
How long can a dog be in a crate?
It is recommended not to crate your dog for more than 4 hours if they are a puppy. Puppies cannot hold their bladders for that long. Older dogs can be crated for a bit longer, but if you need to be gone for more than 4 hours out of the day, it’s time to look at other solutions.
How Long Can You Leave a Puppy in a Crate?
Adult dogs are different from puppies. Just like a newborn baby, they require a lot more care. They require lots of attention, lots of love, lots of chew toys, lots of boundaries, lots of pee pee breaks, and so much more.
Puppies are learning a lot about their environment. They like to get into trouble when they are learning how things work. For every month your dog is, the general rule of thumb is. How long can they hold their bladder? Leaving them in a crate is not a good idea. They can only hold their bladder for 2 hours at a time. crate training can create a lot of crate anxiety and fears. Think about it. Would you like to be locked in a prison that only allows you to move around in a circle for hours at a time, while you rage with emotions and want to play?
Puppies can benefit from pee pee pad training. The pee pee pads should be left in the same spot. Give your dog treats when they pee. You should be able to switch to outdoor poddy training after 1 years of age. Reward your dog when they pee when you take them to the same place. We offer dog boarding and dog daycare in the area.
What Do I Do if I’m Gone Most of the Day?
It is cruel to leave your dog in a crate for long periods of time. We should look for solutions that will allow your dog to be happy and allow you to carry on with your business.
An excellent compromise is to put your dog in a playpen while you are out. There is more space for them to stretch their legs and play with toys. They may be able to alleviate some boredom by doing this. They will not feel trapped because playpens are open-air. If you put a pee pad in the corner of the pen, you can leave their food and water bowls inside.
Many pet owners are comfortable with leaving their dogs with full reign of the house, if they feel that their pet is sufficiently trained and can handle this. The journey for first-time pet owners is not easy. There are a lot of videos that pay homage to the fact that some dogs are more mischievous than others.
There is one more solution.
There is too much time in the crate.
A crate is not a solution. A dog can feel trapped if not used correctly. If your dog is crated all day while you are at work and then again all night, he is spending too much time in a small space. He needs to be accommodated for his physical and emotional needs. Puppies under six months of age should not stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time. For a long time, they can’t control their bladders and bowels.
If your dog cries or whines while in the crate at night, ignore him until he is quiet. If you followed the training procedures outlined above, your dog won’t be rewarded for whining in the past by being released from his crate. Try not to pay attention to the whining. If your dog is testing you, he will stop complaining. Yelling at him will only make things worse. You will teach your dog to whine and long to get what he wants if you give in. You will be less likely to encounter this problem if you have progressed gradually through the training steps. The crate training process may need to be started again if the problem becomes too much.
Attempting to use the crate as a separation remedy will not solve the problem. A crate may prevent your dog from being destructive, but he may hurt himself trying to escape. Separation anxiety can only be solved with counter-conditioning and desensitization procedures. You may want to see a behaviorist or a vet for help.
Part A—Crating Your Dog When Left Alone
When you leave the house, your dog can be left in a crate for a short period of time. Put him in a crate with a treat. Depending on what point in your getting ready to leave routine you put your dog in the crate, you may want to change it. You can crate him anywhere from five to 20 minutes before you leave. Don’t make your departure emotional or long. Praise your dog briefly, give him a treat for entering the crate, and then leave quietly. Rewarding your dog for excited behavior when you return home is not a good idea.
Both departures and arrivals should be kept low-key. When you are home, crate your dog for short periods. He does not associate crating with being left alone.