How do i choose the right crate for my dog?
Picking the right crate size for your dog is essential, so you need to know your dog's size.
To measure your dog's size, measure from the top of their shoulders down to their paws.
This is their height.
Next, measure from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time.
They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long.
The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
Physically, an older dog can hold it, but they don't know they're supposed to.
As a general rule, it's best not to leave water in the dog crate, particularly when potty training your puppy.
This is because it is likely to increase the number of accidents inside the crate, as puppies fill their bladders quickly.
A crate mounted bottle or bowl is best, as these will not spill or get knocked over.
Adult dogs shouldn't be left in crates for more than 6-8 hours.
Puppies of 17 weeks and older can handle up to 4 or 5 hours in a crate at a time.
Leaving a dog home alone in a crate longer than this can hurt their mental and physical health.
How to Crate Train an Older Dog
- Prepare the crate. Select a crate that's large enough for your dog to comfortably lie down, stand up,and turn around in, says Rover…
- Prepare yourself…
- Prepare your dog…
- Build positive associations…
- Entice your dog inside…
- Try closing the door.
Puppies should sleep in their crates at night, as this helps them learn to sleep through the night.
Place the crate directly beside your bed in early first training so that your puppy will not feel lonely and frightened, and can wake you easily in the middle of the night for a bathroom break.
Reasons why your dog may be pooping in his crate relate to behavioral issues, physical limitations, or medical reasons that can cause your dog to be unable to hold it until he is let out of his crate.
Often, conditions that cause diarrhea or a loss of bowel control can result in crate soiling.