There’s a lot of “how long can I leave my puppy at home” advice out there. But, as we all know, puppies are very complicated creatures.
We are always working to improve the things we do and find useful, regardless of whether people want us to. So your dog might be going home for the day? It might not be. If you don’t want him to come home, don’t leave him at home for the day!
Benefits of Crate Training
It’s hard to tell at this point, but the short answer is that I don’t know. The longer answer is that there are many ways to do it, and if you need help picking the right one, we’re happy to help!
I have a dog and he lives in his own kennel, which has been a part of his life for years. He doesn’t like people touching him, and if you try to touch him he will bark. He gets scared easily and sleeps a lot. So, when I left home for college in 2006 I bought him a dog bed and left it outside of my house. By the next morning he was laying on it!
One thing that has worked well is that I have allowed him out of the kennel only two or three times per week (due to a combination of scheduling conflicts with school or other commitments), and then in the early morning hours we go outside for about an hour before school starts – leaving him alone for about two hours before letting him back inside. This ensures that there are no distractions for him outside, so he does not run away from them; this isn’t always possible because of work commitments (or unreliable cell phone service) but having it as part of our routine has worked out well.
Another option is crate training – which involves leaving your dog in a crate while you take naps or go out somewhere else; they are designed to be small enough so your pup can get used to being away from home without getting anxious or stressed out, but big enough so that they will feel safe even when you aren’t around (but not too big so they can fit in your bed).
My dog loves going into his crate at night though – he goes into it excitedly as soon as we walk into our bedroom door; sometimes he will lay on top of it all night long! So we have tried both approaches: with great success! I have also tried other things like putting them in a carrier when we go out and walking them around town late at night…
A final option would be to leave them with friends/family members who have their own dogs (or maybe just another houseful!). If they meet other dogs they can pick out different ones; this seems like an easier way to do things than just keeping them with us all the time!
Common Myths About Crate Training a Puppy
If you have a puppy and you want to crate train it, here are some common myths that need to be debunked.
The most common one is that you don’t have time to crate train your puppy — but the reality is that it’s not as hard as it sounds. With a little practice and patience, your pup will be able to learn the basics of crate training on their own in no time!
It’s true that most people find it more difficult to teach their puppies than they thought they would — but once you get them going, training will get easier with each passing day. And the longer you leave them at home for a day or two, the easier it gets.
If there is one thing that separates good crate training from bad, it’s consistency and patience. There are two ways of doing things: concrete and emotional. If you ignore the emotional part, your pup will never learn how to trust you in this new place. The best approach is to combine both methods: keep them inside for a few hours each day, take them out for short days (e.g., when they are not weaning) and make sure they are comfortable in the new environment before introducing other dogs or people.
Once your puppy realizes that being left alone won’t upset him anymore and he knows what he needs to do on his own, all of the sudden he will become happier around even relatively calm dogs.
The Ideal Time to Crate Train a Puppy
I have a puppy. He is a tiny pup, about the size of a mouse, and he’s been in the crate since he was an hour old. He loves it. It’s too hard to leave him home alone for that long, but I do it all the time for other visits by friends. One of our neighbors has a dog who is 8 months old and she lets her out of the house when she comes to visit on weekends.
I do want to make it clear that this is not a marketing post, or one in which I am trying to convince you to buy something at X price or X number of hours. This is just one example of how we care for (and raise) our dogs and how we think about our children:
It’s worth noting that one of the reasons we feel comfortable letting him out as much as we do is because he is so small — almost too small for us to hold onto him comfortably when we are out walking. Because he’s so small, he doesn’t mind being left alone in his crate on walks either:
Even when I go without him too long, he still sits beside me on my lap while we walk — not exactly something you would expect from a dog that’s been crated since the day before!
If you are wondering how long your puppy should be crated until you can let them outside around other people, I strongly suggest you read this post by Jen Smedley who explains why. (Note: if you are on iOS 10 or later, Siri will indirectly update this post without leaving your app).
Preparing the Crate in Advance
You may have heard that a puppy needs to be left home for 48 hours at a time. This is based on years of research and experience, and is well-known to most dog owners. Even so, the following advice is still worth sharing with your pup:
The reason a dog needs to be left home for 48 hours at a time is simply because they do.
A dog’s brain works differently than ours. If you’re only planning on leaving your puppy home overnight but haven’t prepared the crate in advance, then you’ll have no idea if it’s safe or not until after it’s already arrived at your house.
If you can’t leave your pup with someone else for 4 days, restrict the amount of time it’s allowed outside to 2 days (or less). After this point, it becomes exponentially more dangerous for your pup to wander away as far as possible from its home.
The reason you should limit the amount of time your pup stays outside is that dogs are pack animals and need their pack mates nearby. It’s common knowledge that dogs will follow the scent of their pack mates wherever they go; however, when they’re not at home they’ll typically try to return home through any door they can find that looks like the one their pack mates used. If you leave them outside completely unattended there could be an unfortunate accident waiting for them when they come back inside! Make sure there are other people around who can help ensure a safe entry back into your house – preferably someone who knows how to properly crate train their puppy (this includes other pups, too!).
When and How to Introduce Your Dog to the Crate
We have a dog. Our dog is a Labrador Retriever mix. We took him home when we were 8 weeks old, and he’s been with us ever since. But we have to make an exception for the almighty job interview: When you go to work you can’t leave your dog at home.
Our landlord is right, of course: You can’t leave him “home alone” (that would be cruel) but surely you can leave him in the yard while you run an errand or get coffee or something?
And, of course, what do you do when your coffee runs out?
There are different explanations for this — all of which I think are just as reasonable, but they seem to me like different stories of the same problem.
The first one I like: As much as our landlord might dislike it, there really isn’t any other option. The easiest way to avoid getting kicked out of your apartment (aside from not being able to pay rent) is for a person to stay with you and let the dog stay home alone with them (which isn’t ideal either). The second one seems more reasonable too: Having a little adult dog around seems to be better than not having any adult dogs around at all. But it doesn’t quite explain why leaving someone else at home won’t get us kicked out.
As for when and how to introduce your little puppy into the crate: We think it should be introduced slowly, so that everyone gets used to the idea and they don’t feel awkward about it themselves. It would also be better if we were going somewhere with another family member who already knows how to introduce their dog into a crate — but that might require much more work on our part than leaving our puppy in a crate for a few hours every day…
How to Get Your Dog Used to the Crate
Your dog is a member of your family, and while it will make you feel better if you tell him that, it won’t solve your problems.
Your dog is a member of your family. While this may be true, that doesn’t mean it means the same thing to everyone. Just because some people like to leave their dogs at home doesn’t mean others don’t.
How long can I leave my puppy at home: A lot depends on the type of dog and what kind of confinement he is used to (if you have a large dog, for example, you may want to put him in a restricted space for several hours). For example, if you have a big puppy who barks like crazy when he’s thirsty or hungry, he may not appreciate being left in the car unattended for long periods of time; but even if your dog doesn’t mind being left there for hours on end, there are certain situations where leaving him alone can be problematic. For example: are his joints hurt? Is he hungry? Is he scared? How long should I leave my puppy with my roommate without supervision? What about leaving him with other family members or friends? And so on…
How long can I leave my puppy at home: For most dogs this is an impossible question to answer. In most cases we should try our best to inform our friends before we leave any dog at home overnight. We should discuss with them what they expect from us — maybe we can make sure we get home as soon as possible after going out so that we don’t have to worry about him being gone too long (for example). If they don’t mind us leaving him there then we should keep an eye on him and make sure he isn’t too tired or stressed out or hungry and that he isn’t too scared or lonely — but even then dogs can overheat in hot cars or in spaces where they aren’t supervised (like their crates) so it pays to be cautious when leaving them alone overnight.
How long can I leave my puppy at home: If people are worried about leaving their dogs alone in the house they often feel safer giving them some piece of furniture — like a sofa — so that they don’t need to sit right next to the door all night while waiting for us to come back (it’s really hard for small dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms and earthquakes not