Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Northern Illinois
I've always crated, I don't put water in the crate. There are some specialized bowls that attach to the sides, depending on the type of crate. I know that treats make my GSD very very thirsty...makes you wonder why. He's much better with a Kong stuffed with kibble mixed with canned food. I personally would worry less about a crated puppy than a puppy left outside, they can get themselves in trouble! The longest anyone was ever crated was 8 hours, which I feel was too long, but a kid had to go to the ER with asthma....but if it's an adult dog, 8 hours is manageable if they gets lots of attention and exercise afterwards. Good luck!