How long can dogs be crated for?

Just wanting to understand how long is too long to have your dog in a crate

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Answered by Jennifer Pennington, Dog TrainerPRO+ in Fairfax, VA
For a puppy - age in months + 1 = hours puppy can be in a crate. So for a 3 month old puppy it is 4 hours. 3+1=4.

Up to 8 hours total without a break.

Of course, less time is much better.

| 11.11.15 @ 22:10
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.17.17 @ 13:45
Answered by Yolanda Freeman CPDT-KA, CTDI, Dog TrainerPRO+ in Fort Lauderdale, FL
This is a good question. The general rule is that for house training, a puppy can be in a crate for about one hour for each month of life until they are about six months old. As long as your puppy doesn't wake up, it may be able to make it longer overnight. If you need to keep your puppy in a crate longer than that, you should have someone let the dog out or provide a puppy proof toilet area. That could be a potty pad just outside of the crate enclosed in a small space with a baby gate or within a small pen, with the crate door left open. House training isn't the only reason to crate a dog. Adolescent dogs are very destructive chewers and sometimes it's not enough to just provide chew toys. You may have to crate your dog to prevent them from destroying your furniture. I recommend you think of the crate as small child's playpen, it should be a safe place for your dog when you cannot be there to supervise. And while your dog could possibly be crated for eight or more hours without having an accident, doesn't mean it should be.

The crate is a wonderful training and management tool that should be used properly with the individual dog in mind.

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CPDT-KA, CTDI | 11.16.15 @ 18:02
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