(Closed) How long is your dog crated during the day?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How long do you crate your puppy/dog during the day?
    1-3 hours : (6 votes)
    7 %
    3-5 hours : (11 votes)
    12 %
    6-8 hours : (21 votes)
    23 %
    8+ hours : (23 votes)
    25 %
    Other (noted below) : (31 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
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    9484 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @MadTownGirl:  I don’t crate my dog, but I am loving how adorable your puppy is!!

    Post # 4
    Member
    3183 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Mine have graduated from the crate and now we leave them in the kitchen.  We leave them there for 8-9 hours.  However, when they were pups we generally tried to not leave them more than 4-5 hours the first year or so. 

    Post # 5
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    466 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    There’s a rule of thumb about age in months as being how many hours they can be expected to “hold it” and not mess in their kennel. We have a 15 month basset who we leave in a kennel for 8.5 hours during the week. He has a “kennel treat” that he only gets when he’s in his kennel. It’s new and exciting for him every day!

    Post # 7
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    9484 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @MadTownGirl:  I would say up to a year actually.  She was very well behaved and is potty trained to use doggie pee pads inside the house.  She usually sleeps when we’re gone.  Only thing we had to invest in was a no bark spray collar.  It works wonders for us. 

    ETA: I have a 5lb, almost 7 year old maltese.  So other breeds may be different.

    Post # 9
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2002

    Our dog has never been crated.

    Post # 10
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    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Our rule is that we will be gone for under 4 hours, the dog is not crated. If we are going to be gone for more than 4, she gets crated. When we are at work, it can be between 8-10 hours depending on the day. If it’s longer than 12 hours, we get a dog walker. 

    Post # 11
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    3183 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @MadTownGirl:  We left ours in the crate for the first year or so. We will probably continue to confine them to the kitchen while we are gone, they seem happy in there. They have a bed and water in there.  

    That being sad, my two dogs are vastly different with their housebreaking abilities and how long you can leave them. The first dog only had accidents in the house for the first few weeks we had him and was super easy to train.  Wouldn’t go in the crate unless he absolutely had to.  

    The second girl is a mess.  She would pee in her crate and then just lay right it in.  So gross! Doesn’t sound like you have that problem though, which is great! 

     

    Post # 13
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    3183 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Personally I would try to avoid keeping him in there so long, but I’m sure other people would be okay with it.  Even if he’s okay on the potty thing I would feel bad he wasn’t getting exercise.  Instead of day care is it possible to have someone come walk him/take him out during the day?  We were able to find a couple of people that would come over on the days we would both be gone all day.  I know that’s not always possible though!

    Post # 14
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    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    When I first adopted my dog, I would keep her in her crate while I was at work so about 8 hrs. A little while after (when I knew she was potty trained for sure) I just let her roam around the living room/kitchen part of my place. She has a tendancy to want to pee on carpet when I’m not there (even if it’s only for an hour) so she stays on tile/hardwood floors. 

    Post # 15
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    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I used to crate him 8 hours but come home on my lunch break to take him potty so he had a break four hours in.  Honestly I could never crate train him, he absolutely hated it in there and chewed through the bars and managed to open the door a couple of times.  Now I just have to Ollieproof the house before I leave (lock up the trash, make sure certain doors are shut and no food is close to the edge of the counter) and he doesn’t get into any trouble.  He mainly just sleeps under my bed while I’m gone.  

    Post # 16
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    1015 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Mine was crated for about 8 hours every day, but it’s no longer necessary. He has never been a chewer and he’s housebroken now. We did crate him for a couple of years though.

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