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Old 07-09-2018, 01:49 PM
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Question Am I crating my dog for too long?

Hello all,

New dog mom here, I work full time and I recently adopted a 2 year old dog who is crate and potty trained. She is crated for about 9-10 hours during the day, is this cruel? Am I causing her harm by doing this? Before I leave her the kids and I spend 2 hours with her. We feed her in the AM, giver her potty breaks and play with her. She never refuses going in the crate as long as she has treats and her toys. Once we get home we take her out to potty feed her dinner and play with her some more. She sleeps in her crate for 8 hrs. The reason I don't let her out unsupervised is because she's only been with us for 8 days and I'm a little scared she might hurt herself. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:12 PM
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You'll probably get alot of differing opinions on this one. To me 9-10 hrs is pushing it......but if the dog seems ok with it.........
You've only had her 8 days, so a crate would be in order anyway for awhile.
I do away with the crate once I can trust my dogs in my home, but until then mine would be crated for 8 hrs with a lunchtime bathroom break ( talking dogs less than a year old )
Even being in a house all day is still somewhat like a giant crate when you think about it. They have alittle more room to stretch their legs, but still probably not doing a whole lot they wouldnt be doing in a crate ie- laying around waiting on you to get home lol. Your dog will probably make it obvious if its too much crate time.
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Every dog is different, but for ours, 2 minutes in her crate was way too much. She hated her crate, but when we first adopted her we really couldn't trust her with the run of the house. We then confined her to the kitchen and family room when we had to leave her, and she did fine. After only a few weeks, we tried letting her have the run of the house, in our case a fairly large tri-level, which she loved and did not get into trouble. She has had full run of the house ever since, and has never done anything that would cause us to not completely trust her. As I said all dogs are different, but that was our experience.
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In my opinion, that's too long. No more that 4 hours during the day and, no more than 8 hours at night in a crate.

I understand you work, you have to keep her safe until she proves trustworthy but, that can be done by confining her to one room, the kitchen or a large bathroom would work well. Alternately, hire a dog walker to come and take her for a walk or, play with her for an hour midday.
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The ASPCA recommends no more than 6 hours.

There are some good alternatives;

- dog walker.
- Exercise pen
- Dog proofed room which is just a room with nothing dangerous in it.

Also, did you know that dogs take a long time to settle in? It will take a few months before you see the true dog come out of it's shell.
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When I first got my now two-year-old GSD mix, I was worried about the same thing. I was working long night shifts and worried about leaving her out with my other dogs. Instead of a crate, I made her comfortable in my small bathroom with her bed, a toy, some water, and a puppy pad, and made sure there wasn't anything she could get into. It worked out pretty well. Of course, it was overnight, so I'm sure she just slept peacefully the whole time.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:16 AM
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We all know that it is not good but as what you've said she's not feeling something bad or no issues about leaving her in crate as long as there are toys. Do you know someone that could walk with her? There are lot of activities that could be done in 9 hours.
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When we first got our dog we were told to leave the house for a little bit at a time to see what she does. So I left for 15 minutes, then longer to see what she does in our absence. The shelter lent us a crate, a heavy duty crate at that. She somehow broke out. She must have freaked out and she somehow bent the actual metal. I zip tied it. She broke out again and tried it one last time, and she broke out again. That crate went back to the shelter and she was fine.

I think crates are a safe haven for some dogs. Hopefully you can leave the dog out and leave the crate door open so he/she can go in or out at he/she pleases.

I’m glad our pup doesn’t need the crate. It’s not pretty to look at and takes up space.
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Our dog turned 1 in April and there is no way we'd leave her loose in the house even at this point. She actually has two crates...a plastic one upstairs (sleeps in there) and a metal one in the garage. When we are going to be gone longer periods of time, like 3+ hours, I attach an exercise pen to it. That way she can move around, stretch, etc. if she feels like it. I'd definitely recommend looking into one if you are worried about her being confined for longer periods of time.
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You’re probably not going to like what I have to say but right now my thoughts are for that poor dog who is confined for 18 hours a day in a crate not much bigger than he is. 10 hours all day +8 hours sleeping time is way way too long for a dog to be crated. My question to you would be if you are away from home that long and need to crate this dog why do you even have a dog? How does he relieve himself when he’s in a crate for 10 hours a day? Re-think why you have this poor dog... please.
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