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Q: When Crate Training A New Dog, How Long Should They Remain In The Crate Daily?

December 2, 2008 | By GypsyEyezNY | 11 answers | Expired: 2105 days ago

GypsyEyezNY

We just adopted a 6 month old puppy from the humane society & my husband and I are crate training him. He hasn't really had many accidents inside & he holds it until we take him outside. I just feel bad having him in the crate all day. One trainer told me I was supposed to leave him in there all day while he is training. She said it was for his own benefit and once he was fully house trained he could be let out. But who knows how long that could take & I feel bad cause he looks so bored in there. I did let him out once for 1 second and sat with him petting him & he ended up getting so excited that he peed on me. LOL Any tips?

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Michnjer
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Dec 03, 2008

When we got our puppies we only put them in the crate when we went to work or we left the house. If we were home then they stayed out with us. There is no need to put the puppy in the crate if you are home! I would think the puppy would think he/she is being punished if they had to stay in the crate during the day and you were home.

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Lucy B.
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Dec 02, 2008

If you do not work then there is no reason to have the puppy in the crate for a full day. The easiest way of crate training a puppy is to introduce them to with the door open at first, then close it for a few minutes with some of his favorite toys. ( these toys are for the crate time only) then let puppy out , and only when he is quiet. If you continue this thru the day and then extend the periods of time he will be use to the crate and view as his room. I have seen puppies come to our shelter that have been crated for the full day and they are frustrated and very much fighting the crate.

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Laura D.
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Dec 02, 2008

I agree with the trainer if you are at work all day. Puppies can get hurt by chewing on cords and things like that. I got my westie at 10 weeks and kept him in the crate from 6:30 am until 3:00 pm. I did hire a dog walker to come in the middle of the day. I kept a crate in the living room for day and one upstairs in my bedroom for night. When I was at home he was not in the crate, but I kept an eye on him at all times. I started leaving him out for small periods of time at 8 months, at 10 months the dog walker would leave him out after their walk so he would be out 1/2 a day, and around a year I stopped crating him. He still likes to go in them so I have one in the dining room and just leave the door open.

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Cindy
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Dec 02, 2008

I disagree with your trainer. Rule of thumb is a puppy cannot be expected to hold it's bladder longer than an hour longer than it's age in months. BUT --- I don't think it is good for any dog to be crated more than a few hours at a time. I see no value in this at all.

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Amber S.
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Dec 02, 2008

I think with young puppies you shouldnt keep them in a crate ALL day. Just make sure when you let him out of the crate make sure you take him potty first them let him run around the house he'll get use to the idea of ok Im getting let outside as soon as I get let out of the crate. Also make sure you give him lots of things to do in the crate like toys,kongs,a blanket make it comfy. A good thing to do is put a bell on your door handle where your dog goes outside and teach him to ring it when he wants to go potty.

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Ethel02
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Dec 02, 2008

Your pup should be taken out to do whatever as soon as you get home, they usually poop after they eat so they should get a little walk, but no way should they be in a crate when you are in the house with them, it they do have an accident, say no and bring them outside, they;ll get the idea, till trained get a baby gate and try and keep them on uncarpeted floor, there not supped to stat in their until perfectly trained, they may have an accident now & then even when trained, they sometimes just can't hold it, they are not robots, I have 2 greyhounds & a Lab 1st grey came with a crate she lasted in there about 1 hr, the next grey she trained in 1 day, HONEST, and the Lab has been perfect from day one.

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Tina H.
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Dec 02, 2008

I also agree with Wendy. That is how I start crate training my dogs. If you keep them in there all day, they may tend to dislike the crate and associate going potty from outside as being a bad thing. And they may become harder to crate when they get older because they will associate they did something bad and that is why they are in there. The only time I crate my dogs, even when they were puppies, is when I leave the house to go to work, shop, ect., or when they go to bed at night(when they are puppies), or when I need that break from them around their nap time. Even then, they are only in there for maybe an hour. But hardly ever are they in their crates when I'm at home. I do leave the crate open so that they have a place to go if they want to get away from the other dogs and/or people. If you have more than one dog, just make sure the other dogs don't take up residence in each others kennels/crates. That is suppose to be a safety area for them just as we have our own rooms to go to when we want to get away.

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Freeman796
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Dec 02, 2008

Wendy couldn't have said it better. That's exactly what you need to do. Good luck!

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Kate H.
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Dec 02, 2008

I agree with Wendy's answers you just can't keep him crated all day. I found to that confine him to a small area when he is out of the crate and watch for the signs like sniffing around in a circle, also never give him run of the house until he is fully potty trained. Since you both work maybe you could have a neighbor let him out around lunch time to go potty so he won't be in the crate for 8-10 hours. Also don't give any water to her after 9 or 10pm and put her out one more time before ya'll go to bed, then take her out as soon as ya'll wake up. Praise her and you can even reward her with a treat.

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Lharlow7
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Dec 02, 2008

I started out crating four hrs and it worked for me.now sometimes my dog is crated 8 hours.

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