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Crating dog during night shift

My dog usually is crated at night for 8-10 hours with no problem. On a rare occasion (once or twice a year), I have to work a 12 hour night shift. Will that be acceptable to crate him for 13 hours during the night on rare occasions?
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Hi clcfreeindeed. Thank you for your question; we don’t generally recommend dogs be crated for that long a period. It would be best if you could get someone to let him out so he would not have to be crated for such a long time. If you haven't got someone who can help, you can always check out rover.com. If that is not an option, I would work slowly up from 8-10 hours and see if he does okay at 11-12, not just quickly expect him to be okay for a longer period of time. We hope this helps!

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You might want to consider making a larger area - somewhere in your house. I have a dog kennel actually - 4'x8' long about 4' high. My dog has been transitioned to that larger space - he still has his kennel - but the door is left open and he can move away from it if he wishes. He also has access to food and water (my puppy is 4 months old, so he's still on 3 feedings a day - someone comes for that. But I've had other dogs that could easily stay 13 or 14 hours in their "kennel" area in a day - and they never made potty mistakes. The idea is, though - that if you're going to leave them that long - give them an area large enough that if they HAVE to go (sick or something).. then they Can - without doing so in the crate. So they dont have to lie in their own waste until you get back. the larger kennel area is also a good transition space toward the day when you dont need either crate (leave it but take the door off) Or kennel and the dog can just be in the house.

Good luck


Re: Crating dog during night shift

I wouldn't rate my dog for 10 hours... that's just wrong
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