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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Too much time in the crate.

Crate training your puppy is a wondeful thing when you are raising a pup into a dog. Many pups accept a crate right off the bat, and others have a little bit of a hard time in the beginning. Most pups and dogs will learn to love a crate and view it as their "Den". As with all dog training equipment, the crate is a tool in the overall training process and as with all equipment you do not want to abuse it. I am seeing an increase in dogs who are being over crated and owners who don't understand why their behavior is less than desirable.

If you work, and your puppy is crated all day, you are going to have to make up for the confinement with exercise and mental enrichment when you get home. Puppies have boundless energy and NEED to be drained when they go to their crates. The typical puppy sleeps 6-8 hours overnight in a crate, then gets an hour out in the morning followed by another 8 hours in the crate while you are at work. If you have someone who drops in on the dog ( dog walker, family member...) they typically stay for 30-60min, and back to the crate they go. If you look at the math, it is roughly 14-16 hours in the crate with an hour or two for running around. That is not enough for a puppy. Puppies need walks,playtime, training time and good old fashioned "just hanging out with you" time. You must not leave a puppy in a crate for longer than 3- 4 hours at a time with out proper elimination, nutrition, and stimulation.

If you leave the house at 8 am, do not come home until 6-7 pm and retire at 9 pm your puppy will suffer from over confinement. You need to find a way to create a little more time for your friend. He or she waits all day for your attention, you owe it to him or her for their patience.



At September 12, 2009 2:31 AM , Blogger pratishtha said...

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This is the first time I’ve read about this. I keep learning new things everyday!

At December 5, 2009 4:44 AM , Blogger pratishtha said...

I am seeing an increase in dogs who are being over crated and owners who don't understand why their behavior.
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