Trainer Tip #2
HOW LONG IS IT APPROPRIATE TO LEAVE MY PUPPPY IN THE CRATE DURING THE DAY?
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
Author: Jill Pavel