New puppy- kennel training?

Is putting a puppy in a crate during the day mean? I want to get a puppy, and all the books I read tell me to keep it in a crate during the day when I’m not home to watch it. My dad says keeping a dog in a cage is mean. I would be at school during the week, but after that, and on weekends I have lots of time to play and exercise her. Is keeping a dog in a kennel good, or bad for it???

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    8 Responses to “New puppy- kennel training?”

    1. Payton Stevenson says:

      Sugar Gliders, crating the dog will work, because they don’t usually crap where they’re sleeping, but need to train the dog and work with it. If you don’t have the time, you shouldn’t have the dog. The best place to learn how to train your Dog online is the Dog Academy, the link is below, and your answers are there.

    2. Araceli Prescott says:

      Hey I see that you need some sort of guide that will give you tips and tricks to help your dog become
      fully trained and more healthy. Recently one of my friends realy needed some advice on how to train his dog, he followed the dog training academy course to successfully have a full trained dog in a few weeks.

    3. ash2342 says:

      I was thinking about this the other day. I crate-trained 2 of my dogs and wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it again for my new puppy but I have started on it anyway and it’s working out really well! If you do it right, and make the crate a positive place for puppy to stay, it is not mean at all. Most dogs learn that it’s kind of their "den". Just don’t leave it in there forever and make sure it gets breaks, if it’s a puppy and can’t hold it’s bladder for more than 3 hours don’t leave it in there for more than 3 hours.

    4. Very General says:

      In other words you are going to keep an puppy in a crate for 8 – 10 hours per day, take it out for an hour or so when you get home from school , play with it and put it back in the crate when you go to sleep?

      You never mentioned feeding or taking it out to do to the bathroom.

      Yes, that is mean. Your dad is right.

      You are not ready for a dog yet. Please put the animal’s well-being ahead of your own desires.

    5. Bobo says:

      It depends. We keep our dogs kenneled at night. During the day (when they were still puppies and needed to be watched) we kept them in the kennel, but no more than 4 hours during the day (unless it was a rare emergency).

      I think keeping your dog in its cage for 6 to 8 hours, as well as kenneling at night, is too much. That means the dog only has 5-8 hours outside the kennel during the day. Please don’t abuse your dog this way. Just because you want a dog, doesn’t mean your dog has to suffer because you are not prepared to take care of it.

      Sorry, I don’t mean to be judgmental, but the world doesn’t need another uncared for pup.

    6. Evy5123 says:

      think of it as putting a baby in a crib. It’s some place safe to keep them when they cannot be supervised. eventually the pup will learn to love it as their own space where they will be safe.

    7. Jory says:

      a lot of people do it… esp if they have dogs that tear stuff up when unsupervised i don’t personally like the idea of crating but sometimes it is unavoidable but if you don’t have the time to properly train the puppy you really shouldn’t get one plus they need LOTS of attention and LOTS of exercise

    8. Neurobiology 101 says:

      No it’s not!

      Crate training is one of the best things you can do for your puppy. It makes house training very easy and prevents him from learning bad habits, tearing things up, and eating things that will harm him while you’re at school.

      People who have problems with crate training are usually either ignorant about it (your father) or PETA nuts.

      Your puppy is far safer in the crate than anywhere else. Just follow what your books say and never use his crate for punishment. Think of it as his own personal safe space in a house full of things that get him in trouble.

      edit: a 8-14 week old puppy sleeps 16+ hours per day. And he doesn’t care where that sleeping happens. Just be sure you play with him and take him for walks 3-4 weeks after his shots are done.

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