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Question Naps outside of crate

Charlie (9 weeks) has no problem sleeping in his crate at bedtime. He prefers to nap anywhere outside of his crate. I would carry him into his crate when he would fall asleep for his naps, and he would not make a fuss, but his naps are shorter than outside of his crate. His crate door is always open, but he just chooses to nap outside. Currently if we need to run a quick errand, someone is home with him, but I am sure there will come a time when that may not be the case. Do you feel this would be a problem down the road?
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He needs to have daily time in the crate with the door closed to practice for when the day comes that he has to be left on his own. It's up to you how many times a day you practice, let him nap mostly where he wants, but it needs to be done. He is probably cooler outside the crate, you can have a little floor fan circulating air for him when he's crated to help with that.


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I agree - practicing daytime crate time is important, but it's important that you leave the house during those periods. Being crated when people are home can be really hard for some pups - and it's not at all the same as having no one home (because they just want to be with their people if they are there). Personally, I do not crate when I am home and can supervise, even for naps. But I definitely do practice times away from home when they are babies (especially since I had a crate hater most recently, this proved very important; it was less crucial with my previous puppy who quite liked the crate, but I still did it to make sure she was used to it).

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I had my dog crated only during naps and errands outside of the house (up to 4 hours out of the house at longest) until 12 months. No fail. It's best to be consistent especially in the first year. She loves the crate, and it's still her choice of sleeping area if it's presented. She never barked or whined in it. It's basically a nice cozy cave for her (I put a blanket over it and made it very comfy inside). I believe it really helped a lot in potty training. She never had any accidents in the crate and the only times she did her business (by the door) and felt so guilty about it was because I ignored her signs that she needed to go out. But since I only used the crate for those two things (she even goes in by herself when she knows we are leaving), she learned that it's only for sleeping and alone time.
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I agree - practicing daytime crate time is important, but it's important that you leave the house during those periods. Being crated when people are home can be really hard for some pups - and it's not at all the same as having no one home (because they just want to be with their people if they are there). Personally, I do not crate when I am home and can supervise, even for naps. But I definitely do practice times away from home when they are babies (especially since I had a crate hater most recently, this proved very important; it was less crucial with my previous puppy who quite liked the crate, but I still did it to make sure she was used to it).
At what age would be recommended to leave the house while in the crate?
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At what age would be recommended to leave the house while in the crate?

As soon as your puppy is home with you, you can start practicing. If you are off work for two weeks, then you know you have to have him used to it by then. The first leaving the house can literally be five minutes (but you have to full leave - you can't stand on the porch or outside the door - leave the property). You can slowly build up time. But if you come back fter five minutes and can hear the puppy crying or barking, don't go in. It sounds cruel, but they can't learn that barking gets you to come back. Wait til he settles, then go in. Be calm, not all over excited. Low key comings and going are the way to avoid anxiety.

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