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How long can i leave my dog in a crate?

asked 2017-01-06 14:34:17 -0500

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I think 8 hours is the most! While working or doing errands! More than 8 hours is too much and I really think 8 hours is way to much!

Elivette & Xujeiry M.'s profile image Elivette & Xujeiry M.  ( 2017-01-06 19:30:43 -0500 ) edit

The general rule of thumb is one hour per month of age for young puppies until potty trained (3 months, no more than 3 hours). Depending on activity level and water consumption, normal adult dogs should not be left crated more than 6-8 hours without relief. For seniors, less time.

Christine R.'s profile image Christine R.  ( 2017-02-23 11:57:07 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 10:44:44 -0500

Leaving a dog in the crate really depends on their age. For instance if the dog is 5 months then its a 5 hour maximum. However I would never go longer than 8 hours in the crate because that might make your dog stressed and encourage them to try to escape the crate or destroy what is in it!

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