Fostering puppies kennel training?

My husband and I are fostering 3 lab mixed puppies from the humane society. The puppies are about 6 weeks old. We will have them for approximately 3 more weeks. I’m trying to make out a suitable schedule for these boys but had a few questions. The longest my husband or I would be away from the house at one time is 3–4 hours as we tend to work opposite shifts. Would it be suitable to kennel the pups in their provided kennel during this time? We are keeping them confined to our kitchen and tried newspapers and potty pads with no luck yet-both are usually torn to shreds immediately LOL. So we have been trying to get them on a potty schedule and kenneling when were not watching them. I suppose my question is how much kenneling is too much? As of now they haven’t been kenneled for more than 2 hours besides at night where we keep them kenneled but take them out 3 or 4 times a night. I normally have them nap in their kennel let them out about an hour or more to play, eat, go outside (not in that order!) And then back in the kennel when they begin to get sleepy again- so far they have done well with this and sleep quite a bit! Will this be a suitable schedule? Is this too much kenneling? I always let them play and get all their energy out after being kenneled but it still feels like quite a bit to me! A few times I give them free unsupervised run of the kitchen but end up with urine and feces all over the floor! Any ideas?

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    2 Responses to “Fostering puppies kennel training?”

    1. Mira Green says:

      Hey I see that you are looking for some dog training advice. You know recently one of my friends, Robert really needed some advice on how to potty train his dog. He tried a few things but decided to follow the secrets of dog training course and he managed to successfully have a fully trained dog in a few weeks.

    2. MaryAnn says:

      A general rule of thumb is that a puppy can be expected to ‘hold it’ for 1 hour per month of age plus 1 hour. So at 6 weeks (too young to be away from mother), you could expect them to hold it for about 2 1/2 hours. You may be getting up too much at night. Try stretching it a little. That also helps them to develop the muscles necessary to hold it.
      Four hours may be a bit too long for now, but they will soon grow into it. Keeping them in the kennel (I presume you mean crate) will also encourage them to hold it as they usually do not like to soil their sleeping quarters. What you’re doing now is great. Only let them out when they are being actively supervised. That’s the part most people don’t really get. Good job and good luck.

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