Question by Gary: How long should you crate train a dog?
I have 10 month old Morkie. My wife and I leave him in the crate whenever we can’t supervise him. We both feel that he will destroy the place unattended. I asked my vet and trainers at petsmart the same question and they told me that you can leave him in the crate as long as you want because the dog will associate the crate as his “home”. On the other hand I have people who tell me that leaving a dog crated can cause mental issues. Not sure what to do.
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Answer by Dogs Are My Favourite People
i have a 13 month old labrador who has a crate for her bed. she loves it and takes herself to bed at 10pm every night.
To do that during the day aswel would be too intense/ unfair.
i would personally creat a morkie room or at least a section of room. space where she can sleep, play etc. just make sure that within that space/ room she has there isnt anything to destroy.
i feel i have to say though that this should have been thought about before you had puppy
Answer by esmerelda
You aren`t saying how long you crate this pup. If you`re gone 10 hours a day and then put him in the crate at night as well, how well-adjusted do you expect him to be? Dogs are social animals. Your dog – regardless of breed — will not learn how to behave well if he’s sitting in a crate 20 hours out of 24. Puppies, like children, learn by interacting with you. If you feel guilty about how much time the pup is spending in the crate… it’s probably too much.
I`ll give you a hint about Petsmart: They are in business to SELL PET SUPPLIES. I heard one idiot tell a mother with two toddlers that a ferret was a good pet with little kids — NOT. Sales people say what they think a customer wants to hear. A trainer who says you can leave a dog in the crate as long as you want is not a trainer I would trust with my dog.
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