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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 08:19 PM
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when i was crating my dog i never let it go longer
than 3 or 4 hours. if we were gone longer than
3 or 4 hours our neighbor came in let our dog have a break.
when we had quest i used that time to train and socialize
so that in the future we didn't have to crate our dog
when we had guest.
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My dogs are so good i dont even own a crate

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 09:02 AM
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The longest my puppy's been crated is about 4.5 hours. He's free at night, but he stays on his dog bed. If you have to crate Zeeva and Smokey for a long time every once in a while, they'll be fine. I know I'd feel bad about it too, though. But it's not going to hurt them.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 09:49 AM
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Since it's holiday season and many of us have family come over, do you crate your dog during this time? Or if you go out to visit family and you crate and you're gone all day, plus the dogs are crated at night;

what's the longest the dogs have been crated?

Is it alright to crate a dog for 8-10 hours, break for a few hours and then re-crate at night for another 8-10 hours without exercise? I worry :c

Yesterday I was gone all day (probably about 10-12 hours). The dogs are crated at night between 6-8 hours. That only gives them about 6-4 hours of down time and remind you this is without exercise. Is this harsh on a dog? I mean it's not every day that this happens. But still, I worry :c

IMO, 16-20 hours of being crated without exercise, is ok if it's just a day or for a once-in-a-while occasion.
If its longer than that, I personally would find an alternative solution.
IMO, too hard on the dogs and I'd feel guilty.

(Flights and emergencies are understandable...those cant be helped.)

If I was gone that long, I would have someone let them out more.
If it's for a long-term company visit, I'd consider boarding them. JMO.
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The longest Ky's ever been crated is 8.5 hours and that was one day. My dad lives upstairs, and works about 2 blocks from home. He comes home every day for lunch and lets her out.

I leave the house at 6:45 and am home by 4. My dad leaves at 7 and is home by 3 ... Ky's out for an hour at lunch, and my dad lets her out when he gets home. When I get home she's not in her crate until the next morning when I leave for work again.

The one day my dad couldn't come home for lunch (about a month ago) was quite funny ... he emailed me in a panic ... I can't make it home for lunch, have meeting, will Ky be ok?

I had to chuckle as I emailed him back ... dad, she's 16 months old, she'll be fine.

HIM: R u sure?
ME: Yes, don't worry
HIM: I can stop by for 5 minutes before my meeting
ME: Don't worry
HIM: do you want me to call the neighbout

Considering my dad's never raised a dog and doesn't know much about them, it was pretty funny to see how concerned he was!!! He does love my girl tho!!!

Amina ... if it's a one-off kind of thing, seriously, don't worry about it. Yeah, it sucks, but life's not perfect. If you can get them a good run early in the morning to get rid of the "zoomies" they'll be more accepting of not being able to have the run of the house.

Have a great visit with your mom!

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Suki will be one tomorrow and she is hardly ever crated anymore. She sleeps by our bed on the floor every night now without incident. The only time she is crated is when we are at work...on average 6 hours a day.

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