When you bring home a new puppy dog, you will often find that they have become accustomed to their new surroundings. They sleep, play and eat in the same areas all day long. It can be hard to determine if they are happy or not when you are not there. You can help make this determination by crate training your dogs for longer periods of time. This article will answer the question “can I crate a dog more than 12 hours?”
Puppies are wonderful company and they love to be left alone to sleep, play and eat. For most dogs, it is just a natural part of growing up. Most dogs do not like being left alone for very long periods of time because it can cause them extreme anxiety and even fear. If a dog spends more than 12 hours a day in its crate, it will have been crate trained.
A dog can sleep longer and stay awake in its crate if you set rules and time limits. Set the limit of how long your dog can be in its crate before making it go out and don’t let him out when he is barking or whining. Many dogs have problems when they are removed from their crate during this type of activity.
Try to set the crate to mimic your own sleeping/resting patterns at home. If you take a nap after eating then put your dog in his crate for naps. This helps him get into the routine at the beginning. If you have your dog for a while and it seems like you never want to take her out, try to leave her in her crate for an hour or so and wait to see if she reacts to it. If she does, then leave her in her crate for a longer amount of time. Leave her in the crate without food and water and make sure she doesn’t wander out.
During the night, you can leave your dog in his crate for longer periods of time if she gets restless. Take her back to her crate to sleep. You can also play some soothing music to help her relax. Most dogs respond well to playing soft soothing music.
It is not recommended that you leave your dog alone in her crate at night. You should take her to bedtime and keep the door shut so that she doesn’t enter when you are asleep or are not at home. Some dogs might like the smell of a liter of coffee when they wake up in the morning, but most will ignore the smell and sleep sounder. It is also not recommended that you let your dog sleep in her crate for more than a couple of hours at a time, as she will develop a nasty smell from urine or feces.
When you are crate training a dog, you should make it a fun experience for both of you. Dogs crave attention and comfort, and they will reward you when they feel secure and loved. If you throw them into their crate during a hard time, they will get frustrated and angry. This could lead to an outburst that you don’t want to deal with. If you can, take your dog outside every couple of hours to go outside and play with her, or give her a treat.
With proper crate training, you can help your dog live a happy, healthy, and safe life. Many dogs that were never given the chance to be pets are living with people now because their owners couldn’t take the hassle of pet ownership. This shouldn’t be you. Make sure you are doing everything you can to help your dog is comfortable in her new home. Your dog will thank you!