Do You Crate Your Dog at Night?
Some pet owners choose to crate their dogs at night, and some dogs prefer the den-like feel of their crate. Proper crate training will turn the crate into a comfortable place where your dog feels safe and enjoys napping. While crating at night is fine, it's important to limit the amount of time your pet spends in the crate. For example, if he is crated while you're at work all day then he shouldn't be crated again all night.
How Much Time In The Crate Is Too Much?
Generally speaking, dogs shouldn't be left in their crate for more than 8 hours per day total. An average dog can go 4 to 6 hours in between potty breaks, so make sure to plan accordingly so he is comfortable. Puppies shouldn't be crated for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.
The crate is a useful tool when used properly. It helps immensely with potty training and, as mentioned above, provides a safe retreat for your pet. That being said, it should not be used as a way to keep the dog "out of the way" for 10+ hours a day.
Once your dog is potty trained and has been trained to not be destructive, going into the crate should be voluntarily. Leave the door open so the pet can come and go as he wishes.
But My Dog Is Destructive
If you're leaving your dog in the crate because he is destructive, then you need to invest in training. The truth is that excessive crating will likely only make the problem worse as he'll probably go a little crazy when he's finally let out of his crate.
If traditional training hasn't worked, talk to an animal behaviorist. Whatever the reason, leaving your dog crated for 16+ hours a day is cruel.
Crating your dog at night is an option, but as you get to know your dog, decide what is the best sleeping arrangement for him so you both can get a good night's rest.
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