Do Dogs Get Sad in Crates? (Solved & Explained!)

It is quite normal for a puppy or adult dog to whine when they are placed in a crate for the first few times, but this generally just because it’s unfamiliar, restrictive, and because they want to be close to you. Sadness or depression may certainly occur with crating, but this is more commonly from being crated too long and too often.

In this article we’ll answer some of the most common questions about crating so that you’ll know how it should be done properly and how you can help your dog to adjust.

Is it cruel to crate a dog while at work?

Crating is sometimes unavoidable but if it has to be done, the period of time should not exceed 8 hours. It is best to employ pet sitting services or the assistance of a neighbor or friend to ensure that your dog won’t be alone in the crate all day.

With a puppy, you also need to keep in mind their potty schedules. Pups have small bladders and can generally only control them for one hour per month of life. This means if you will be at work then you’ll need someone to assist to ensure your puppy can get out.

What age will puppy stop crying in crate?

When your puppy reaches 4 to 5 months of age, then they will generally be more tolerant of the crate. You can help with toys and a comfy interior and it’s also a good idea to keep the crate in your bedroom. This helps to reassure the puppy that they are safe and should calm them down over time.

Is it cruel to let a puppy cry at night?

Crying at night is normal when they are getting used to the crate. After all, it’s an unfamiliar place, and they don’t understand why they can’t be close to you.

It is important not to always come running, as they will quickly learn that they can get attention, but you also need to make sure they have a regular potty schedule as some crying may be for good reason!

Can I crate my dog during the day but not at night?

Yes! Crating is quite useful, just be careful of the time involved. Crating makes for easier travel and can keep your dog out of trouble while they are learning to behave, just make a firm schedule and stick with it. Puppies will need to out more than adult dogs and will tolerate less crate time – so be sure to set a schedule by your dog’s age.

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What time should a puppy go to bed?

That is up to you and your puppy, the trick is going to be making sure that the schedule is regular and so are the trips outside! Puppies can’t control their bowels and bladder as well, so always give them a potty break before bed and be prepared for a later trip if the pup is quite young – sometimes in just 2-3 hours!

Should you let your puppy cry it out?

With crying, you need to determine if your pup needs to go outside, or if they are simply frightened or looking for attention.

For every month of age, they can typically control their bladder before they will need to go out. If they have just had a potty break, then it’s a good idea to let them cry it out so that they won’t use crying simply for attention. That new crate is scary for now, but your puppy will quickly get used to it. 

Should you cover a dog crate with a blanket?

A dog crate should not be fully covered by a blanket, as this can be an obstruction hazard and can also make the interior too warm if it’s the summer. A partial blanket covering, however, can be quite useful, as it simulates a ‘den’ and makes dogs more comfortable.

 Just be sure to use a breathable fabric and place it carefully so there’s not a chance of it being pulled inside.

How long can you leave a 8 week old puppy in a crate?

For an 8-week-old puppy, you can generally leave them in for crate for 2 – 3 hours, after which you will need to take them outside for a potty break and a little fresh air. At 8 weeks, they don’t have much control over their bowels and bladder, and they are also much less tolerant of the crate.

What age to crate train a puppy at night?

 At about 16 weeks of age is an ideal time to begin crate training your puppy for the night. At this age, they should be able to handle around 5 hours of time in the crate and both of you will be able to get more sleep. 

Should I wake my puppy up to pee at night?

Yes. You can set yourself an alarm so that you can keep your puppy’s schedule, but be sure to take them out again if they ask. Puppies simply don’t have the ability to wait very long and so if your puppy wants to go out again, it’s a good idea to do so. 

Should I put a pee pad in my puppy’s crate?

Pee pads are not a good idea with puppies and may even harm them. It teaches them that it’s okay to potty in their crate but it is also a hazard if they chew them! For these reasons you’ll definitely want to keep them out of the crate.

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Where should a puppy sleep?

 Ideally, a crate lined with some soft bedding inside and placed in your bedroom is best. Dogs feel more comfortable when we are close, so this will help your little one to adjust to the crate and you’ll also be able to hear them if they need a trip outside.

Just be sure to be patient with them, as you’ll both lose a little bit of sleep at first!