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Trainer Tip #2

on Thursday, 17 April 2014.

HOW LONG IS IT APPROPRIATE TO LEAVE MY PUPPPY IN THE CRATE DURING THE DAY? 

Answer:

We recommend 4 hours for a 12 week old puppy. Many of our clients come home for a lunch break to let the puppy out if they have an 8 hour job or hire a person to let the puppy out. Doggie Day Care is also a popular choice. At 16 weeks , 4-6 hours is fine, if kept on a food/water schedule. Food & water should be picked up 2 hours before bedtime & then crating overnight is fine. If you are able to be home, the optimal time for potty training purposes is to take the puppy outside every 2 hours & always after meals. X-pens are also available for young puppies that need to be left over the 4 hours, as fresh water can be provided to eliminate possible urinary tract infections.  RJ Hoppe

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Author: Jill Pavel

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