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        08-10-2011, 08:25 PM
    Dog crating question...

    Hi all! I know this should go on the dog forum, but it's urgent and my phone won't let me join :(

    For the next two days, I will be need to be gone all day due to a new job that I haven't moved closer to yet. My boy is used to being crated at night and when I'm not home, but these next two days I will be gone from about 6 AM to 5 PM. I can't leave him out because there is the chance a maintenance guy from my apartment complex will come in while I'm gone. Not only do they require dogs be crated if someone does come, but my boy isn't too fond of men.

    He's very leery of strangers, and none of my friends who he knows can stop by. Will it hurt him to be crated all day? I know it's only two days, and for the next few nights he will sleep out of his box (I don't mind him doing fiance put his foot down on that one).

    Thanks for any input :)
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        08-10-2011, 08:40 PM
    Green Broke
    How old is your dog and what breed? Is he currently able to make it that amount of time w/out needing to eliminate?
    As a side note - his issues with being leery of strangers and not fond of men suggest he would benefit from putting some focus on socialization. The more comfortable you can help him learn to be with various people and situations the less stress will be in his life and the happier he will be.
        08-10-2011, 08:58 PM
    He is a 3 year old lab mix, and he can go eleven hours without needing to go out.

    Thanks for your advice. I believe he may have been abused before he came to me, though I can't be sure. We are slowly working on socialization, and I plan on seeking the help of a trainer after we move.
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        08-10-2011, 09:28 PM
    Although its not ideal he should be fine. Just make sure you offer water and maybe a favorite (safe) toy to keep him occupied and perhaps leave the tv or radio on.
        08-10-2011, 09:34 PM
    Green Broke
    You may also want to get him one of those Kong toys that you can put the treats in. That way he'll have something to occupy his time with for a little while.
        08-10-2011, 09:44 PM
    He should be fine. It's not ideal, but it won't kill him either. I would suggest NOT offering water though. If he's drinking all day he will likely have to pee before you get home and may soil his crate.

    Let him drink as much as he wants the night before and right before you leave.
        08-10-2011, 10:07 PM
    I have sent adult show dogs to Japan by air and they are in crates for 16 hours and when they arrive in Japan, they have no soiled their crates at all.
    Your dog will be just fine for that length of time. However, I would certainly give water during the day as it is hot and they can dehydrate pretty quickly. I would rather have a pee spot in the crate than a dehydrated dog. Just give a bit of water, or even ice cubes that will melt slowly. If he is not doing much, he won't drink alot, but it will be there for him. Gorging on water the night before and the morning off can be worse than light drinking during the day.
    Going to shows, I will do ice cubes so water will not get all over the dogs while traveling.
        08-10-2011, 10:11 PM
    I was assuming the dog had free access to water all the time therefore would not be gorgeing himself. I'm also assuming she has air conditioning so the dog won't overheat, but that is probably a bad assumption since many people do not. In that case of course offer water, that is common sense in my opinion.

    I've seen plenty of dogs soil their crates when left alone for that long if they're given water. Personally I wouldn't tempt it, but I can see why others wouldn't feel comfortable taking it away. I simply wouldn't want a dog sitting in it's own urine for hours and learning that peeing in a crate is even an option.
        08-10-2011, 10:14 PM
    Green Broke
    I can see where you are coming from Coffee, but I always put water in with our dogs when I leave for work. I'm so terrified the a/c will go out while we're gone. They rarely have accidents in the crates.
        08-10-2011, 11:06 PM
    When we have to crate our dog for a long time we give him a safe toy to pass the time and about half a bowl of water. That way if he drinks the whole thing he won't be crossing his legs to go out when we get home and he won't get dehydrated. If giving the kong with food/ treat look at the ingredients and take note if any if them may make him feel the urge to drink more. (not super common)
    Then when we get ready to leave the last thing we do is let our boys out and make sure they use the restroom then in the crate. And as soon as we get in the door they boys are taken out. MAKE SURE WHEN YOU ARE LETTING HIM OUT WHEN YOU GET HOME DON'T GET HIM EXCITED OR YOU WILL HAVE A PEE TRAIL FROM THE CRATE TO THE DOOR.

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