You can usually kennel your dog while you are at work, but it is not the most ideal situation. Dogs can comfortably lay in a kennel for about eight hours a day, but spending the whole day in a kennel provides little stimulation for them and inhibits their ability to move. Consider switching up their routine and limiting the time as much as possible.
Table of Contents
- What to Consider When Kenneling a Dog While at Work
- When Shouldn’t You Kennel a Dog While at Work?
- Ask Your Vet Before Kenneling Your Dog While at Work
- Choosing the Right Sized Kennel
- Exercising Your Dog Before You Kennel Them While at Work
- How to Make a Kennel Safe for Your Dog While at Work
- How to Make a Kennel Comfortable for Your Dog While at Work
- Using a Dog Sitter to Check in On Your Dog
- Using Doggie Daycare Instead of a Kennel
- Giving Your Dog a Room Instead of a Kennel While at Work
- Taking Your Dog to Work (if You Can)
What to Consider When Kenneling a Dog While at Work
Before you decide to kennel your dog there are a few things that need to be considered, including your dog’s age, any health concerns, and how long you need to kennel them.
Dogs should not spend more than eight hours in a kennel, but they still need a potty break during that time. Do not kennel your dog for more than eight hours.
Look for opportunities to have them out of the kennel while you work, like asking a friend or a roommate to let them out for a while.
When Shouldn’t You Kennel a Dog While at Work?
Dogs who are not already kennel trained should not be put in one while you are at work. Expecting them to lay down peacefully for hours is a recipe for disaster.
Puppies and older dogs may not be able to hold their bladder long enough to last in the kennel. This creates a major issue regarding hygiene.
Dogs with high separation anxiety need to have anxiety addressed so they can transition to a kennel peacefully. In most cases the kennel causes anxiety to skyrocket.
Ask Your Vet Before Kenneling Your Dog While at Work
You should have a decent idea of how well your dog will do in a kennel over an extended period, but your veterinarian will have more professional insight into the situation.
Veterinarians can help you decide whether it is developmentally correct for you to expect your dog to handle a kennel for a certain length of time. They should also have ideas of how kenneling can affect things like joint development or anxiety.
Choosing the Right Sized Kennel
When shopping for a kennel it is important to ensure you purchase the correct size. Measure their height from the floor to the top of their head, then measure their length from their nose to the end of their tail.
Add an extra 3-4 inches to these measurements. The kennel should give your dog enough room to stand up and turn around.
This might seem massive if you have a larger breed, but you mustn’t cut corners with kennel size. If they will be spending a good portion of their time in it then they need proper space to move around.
Exercising Your Dog Before You Kennel Them While at Work
Exercising your dog before kenneling them helps them spend the time resting. It gets rid of any energy they have, and it helps them mellow out.
Two great ways to do this are by taking your dog on a walk or by playing fetch before you leave. You can usually use a combination of the two, or just do whatever fits your lifestyle and schedule.
If you put your dog in the kennel without exercising first they are more likely to be restless. Give them a chance to get rid of some energy so they can spend their day napping.
How to Make a Kennel Safe for Your Dog While at Work
On top of using a kennel that is large enough for your dog, you need to make sure it fits their personality. Some dogs do fine with a regular wire kennel, but some need walls that have more structure.
Keep dangerous items like cords away from the kennel. Your dog might snag them without meaning to.
If your dog is prone to chewing things up do not leave a bed or soft toys in the kennel. Even chews or harder toys can become a choking hazard.
Setting up a camera so you can look in on your dog during the day is one of the best ways to keep them safe. This way you can know if there is an issue as soon as possible.
How to Make a Kennel Comfortable for Your Dog While at Work
If your dog is fine with a bed in the kennel then you can use one. Add in a toy or chew that they can interact with safely, but skip this if it is more likely to become a hazard.
Keep the kennel in a familiar part of your home. You can also turn on the television or music to provide some background noise.
Put a notice on the door to prevent anyone from knocking or ringing the doorbell and agitating your dog if you see it becoming an issue.
Using a Dog Sitter to Check in On Your Dog
Check and see if there is anyone in your area who can stop in and let your dog out during the day. Even a thirty-minute backyard break or a walk can do a lot to improve the situation.
This can be a professional dog sitter or someone familiar with your dog. Either way, make sure they have an opportunity to interact before meeting without you there.
Using Doggie Daycare Instead of a Kennel
If there is a local dog daycare center, go ahead and check them out. They provide a great space for dogs to hang out for extended periods.
Even if it is not feasible for an entire week, you might want to drop your dog off a few days to break up being stuck at home.
If you do not have a dog daycare in your area you can see if anyone is available to hang out with your dog for a longer time during the day.
Giving Your Dog a Room Instead of a Kennel While at Work
You can also dog-proof a single room in your home to give your dog more space to move around. This might be a full room, or you can section off an area of a room using a dog pen.
You still need to find a way to let them relieve themselves. You can still use a dog sitter, or you can set up a potty pad.
Taking Your Dog to Work (if You Can)
Some places will let you bring your dog to work as long as they do not interfere. Check with your management to see if this is an option for you.
If it is, make sure your dog has their basic obedience down. You want to be respectful to your workspace, and it would be a shame for your dog to get kicked out.