German Shepherd kennel/crate training question

by S Houchin
(Ottawa, Ks)







good morning, i have a 6 month gsd. she is kennel trained and has been staying in it from 7 am to noon (when my daughter would come over and let her out for a little bit) then from approx 1:30 to 5 pm when i would get home.

my daughter has now found a job and she will not be able to come by and let her out. i am sure i should not keep her in the kennel even though it is the largest kennel i could buy, for 9 hrs a day.

do you have any suggestions?
thank you,
Stephen Houchin

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German Shepherd crate training
by: Debbie

Never leave any dog, no matter how well it is crate trained, in a crate for over 6 hours in the crate no matter how old the puppy or dog is.

Longer periods of time being crated can cause a lot of health and behavioral problems. Bladder infections and many other health problems can result from having to consistently "hold it" for long periods of time.

Also, if you make the puppy or dog have to hold it to long chances are it will eventually eliminate out of pure desperation and need. Once the puppy or dog has lost its inhibition concerning soiling its crate, it is very difficult to correct this problem.

Either find a neighbor, family member or someone you can trust, like a pet sitter, to give that dog a break to stretch its legs and a chance to get a drink and use the bathroom or you are setting your dog and yourself up for a host of problems down the road.

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