Ask The Dog Guide: Crate Training A Puppy

May 14th, 2008 by Dan

I have read a lot about crate training my dog. I will be getting a new puppy near the end of the summer and when September comes along I will not be home to take it for walks during the day. How long can I keep a 2-6 month old puppy in a crate for? (how many hours)


Congratulations on your new addition! Once you get your puppy acclimated to the crate a puppy can spend the number of months in age + 1 = number of hours they can spend in a crate. For example, a 3-month old puppy can spend no more than 4 hours in the crate. Very young puppies must relieve themselves many times a day (with an 8 week old pup we’re talking 8-15 times a day!) so crate time must be kept at a minimum. If you are not going to be around to accommodate your pup’s needs, consider hiring a dogwalker to come by multiple times to play and relieve your dog when you aren’t at home. Or you could consider a slightly older puppy who is able to spend a bit more time in the crate.

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When your dog is a bit older 6 hours is the recommended amount of time that a dog is left in a crate without a break to stretch his legs and take a bathroom break.

For more information, check out our guide to crate training.

One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: Crate Training A Puppy”

  1. Joe Says:

    My lab is 6 years old and has been crate trained from the start. I now want to remove the crate from the house but not sure how. i took it out two nights ago and he was fine the first night but decided to use the house last night. How do I remove the crate from the house?

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