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But, you know, too much of a good thing…
As a wise superhero once said, with great power comes great responsibility. This applies to training crates. More and more people are using crates.
More and more people are using them.
People rely too much on the crate. While their families are at work and school, dogs are crated for eight hours a day. Imagine being stuck in a box that was big enough for you to stand up, turn around, and lie down for six hours. Imagine doing this for five days a week. You would go crazy as well.
Dogs weren’t designed to be contained in crates for long periods of time. Dogs who are over-crated can become destructive, anxious, and even develop bladder infections from having to hold it all day.
How much is too much?
Puppies under four months of age can hold it in their crate for three hours. They should be let out every couple of hours. A maximum of four hours for puppies four to five months old. If a puppy is kept in a crate too long, they may have accidents.
No dog should be crated for more than five or six hours a day. There are a few things you can do if you need to be away longer.
Pick A dog-proof room in your house, like the kitchen, where you can keep your dog.
Use. An exercise pen is better than a dog crate. There is a bed in one corner and a dog potty in the other.
Hire someone to play with your dog or walk him during the day.
Hey, this isn’t a prison cell
The dog crate can be used as a punishment. An occasional time-out when your dog is playing too rough is okay, but your dog is supposed to associate the crate with good things, not bad things. When he is in his crate, never yell at him or hit it.
This will make your dog dislike his crate. It will not be a place he wants to be.
If you don’t use your dog’s crate as a punishment and don’t use it as a tool, your dog’s crate can be a great tool. Misuse of the crate can lead to behavior problems.
The crate should be a comfortable place. He can still see the family’s activity if he keeps it in a spot that is out of the way. If you put a bed and chew toys in your dog’s room, he will love it.
What Dog Can Be Left Alone For 8 Hours?
No dog should be left alone for more than a few hours at a time. You want your dog to be looked after. If they get into trouble, you want them to know someone is there to help. You should have a friend or relative in the house if you can’t be there.
Puppies are prone to get confused, lonely, or sad when in a crate. They need time with their human at a critical age. They won’t be able to hold in waste for more than a few hours at a time because of their age.
An adult dog will get cranky if you leave them in a crate for too long. They need to do their business outside. They prefer not to do this last part in the same place where they eat and sleep. They don’t want to be alone with no chance to interact with other dogs or humans.
The best time to leave your dog in a crate is at night when they are asleep. The crate is a safe place for them to relax and get the rest they need. They will not be sad or lonely while they sleep. They need to stretch their legs in the morning.
When (What Age) Can I Leave My Dog For 8 Hours?
Puppies under the age of 5 months should not be left in a crate for more than a few hours. They need to interact with their owner as much as possible. This is where you teach them the basic rules of housetraining.
They get lonely, anxious, and confused if you keep them in a crate for too long. A puppy that is spending too much time alone may act out or become destructive. They may not be able to do their business in the places you have designated for them. They might be anxious or withdrawn.
Dogs are more used to the rules of the house once they reach their adult years. They have a good idea of what they should and shouldn’t be doing. It is easier to leave them in a crate. They should not be left alone for more than a few hours.
It is okay to let a dog sleep in a crate. They will not notice being alone. It is a good idea to let them out once the morning comes in order to exercise, play, and do their business. In order to let them know you are still there, this will give them plenty of time to interact with you.