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Can I crate my dog day?

asked 2018-10-17 16:33:53 -0500

My dog is a 10 month old lab mix. I take him on a 30-45 min walk every evening and sometimes in the morning, his crate is x-large where he can stand but I work 8 hours and feel bad. I want to leave him outside, but am worried about people stealing him or him getting out. When ever he is older and I can trust him I will let him roam the house, but for now he chews on everything! Should I feel bad or is this ok for him?

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Hm, I think I would have a dog walker come by mid day to break up the 8 hour crating. 8 hours is on the long end. I'd consider hiring a dog walker until you can trust him to roam free in your home.

Ben S.'s profile imageBen S. ( 2018-10-25 17:10:16 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-10-17 18:34:28 -0500

One - don't leave your dog outside under any circumstances

Two- hire a dog walker to come in mid-day and take them out

Three - I would crate the dog until you can trust him, and as a Lab owner it may take until he is two years old

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Edited my comment to an answer.

Steph P.'s profile imageSteph P. ( 2018-12-12 22:59:08 -0500 )edit
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answered 2019-04-11 22:37:26 -0500

I think as contractors for rover.com our level of care should be above and beyond what they'd get at a kennel or at a vet's kennel. So kenneled all day except for the midday walk doesn't cut it. Don't leave him outside and don't leave him in a crate for more than 4 hours during the day. Daycare or drop-ins.

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Yes, Yes, Yes. Enthusiastic Agreement. I'm surprised no comments addressed the dogs gets to walk "sometimes in the morning". Does that mean the puppy is only given opportunity to relieve itself in the evenings, Once per day?

Deb A.'s profile imageDeb A. ( 2019-04-12 00:24:45 -0500 )edit

No no. He is just in the crate while I am gone. When I get home he is out and we go running ,camping, kayaking in the weekends and dog parks a lot and he sleeps with me. He just chews on everything. I couldn’t afford a dog walker when I posted this, now I can lol. And do if I’m going to be gone long

Claire S.'s profile imageClaire S. ( 2019-04-12 00:34:15 -0500 )edit

Hey, you all have heard about GetYourPet.com right?, the service that connects people who need to re-home their dog or cat with people who want to adopt. (Rover.com is a partner).

Ana Maria and Diana K.'s profile imageAna Maria and Diana K. ( 2019-04-12 01:47:38 -0500 )edit

I’m not rehoming him.

Claire S.'s profile imageClaire S. ( 2019-04-12 01:49:16 -0500 )edit

Ana Maria & Diana: That link to Getyourpet.com deserved space as its own thread, since often dog&cat owners will contact sitters & walkers about re-homing. So thank you for posting that. It's been added to rover's other community board.

Deb A.'s profile imageDeb A. ( 2019-04-12 22:19:11 -0500 )edit

Claire, so happy to hear you fixed the situation for your pup since you first posted! Ana

Ana Maria and Diana K.'s profile imageAna Maria and Diana K. ( 2019-04-13 12:58:34 -0500 )edit

Since this thread started October last year, good to hear the situation changed and you are no longer needing input.

Cindy & Stephen G.'s profile imageCindy & Stephen G. ( 2019-04-24 13:44:41 -0500 )edit
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answered 2019-04-03 12:11:28 -0500

Adult dogs shouldn't be left in crates for more than 6-8 hours. Puppies of 17 weeks and older can handle up to 4 or 5 hours in a crate at a time. Leaving a dog home alone in a crate longer than this can hurt their mental and physical health.

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answered 2018-10-17 19:00:20 -0500

I personally dislike people crating their dogs all day. If you don't have time for the dog, use some day care services. Leaving dogs caged up all day is awful.

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I think crating during the day is fine as long as you can take him on a long walk in the morning and when you return. It's great if you can have someone come midday also.

Brittney W.'s profile imageBrittney W. ( 2018-10-18 01:14:59 -0500 )edit

I wouldn't crate my own dog all day. Never. But some dogs may be ok, if they are lazy or couch potatoes. Active dogs would suffer.

Lenka (Lenna) L.'s profile imageLenka (Lenna) L. ( 2018-10-18 21:27:30 -0500 )edit

Not ok -- even for a dog that's old and sick and sits on the couch all day.

Ana Maria and Diana K.'s profile imageAna Maria and Diana K. ( 2019-04-12 01:53:25 -0500 )edit
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answered 2018-12-12 23:00:31 -0500

Not to be rude but why did you get a dog or 10 month old pup if you planned to crate it for 8 hours a day.. no that is not okay to do.

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I rescued him, he was dropped off at my work. It was me or the pound. I work then come home and he is out we go running and everything we go camping on the weekends... it’s just for while I am at work, he is still chewing on everything, he ate my house siding. I

Claire S.'s profile imageClaire S. ( 2019-04-12 00:31:09 -0500 )edit

Claire, but there are other options besides you or the pound. Just saying.

Ana Maria and Diana K.'s profile imageAna Maria and Diana K. ( 2019-04-13 12:33:05 -0500 )edit
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answered 2018-11-01 00:59:59 -0500

Or get him a bigger crate so he can at least stretch out if you cant afford a dog walker everyday.

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