by Adopt a Pet, | January 8, 2024
You can crate your dog for 8 hours per day total, but should be offered a potty break every 4-6 hours. If your dog is older or still a puppy, that time will be shorter as they may not be able to hold it as long between potty breaks.
Many people’s work schedules require that they be away for longer than 8 hours. If you’re away longer than 8 hours, here are some things to consider:
Instead of crating, consider letting your house-trained dog be loose during the day or confined to a pet-safe area inside your home, with access to a potty area be that potty pads or outside
Enroll your dog in doggy day care.
Hire a dog walker to stop by in the middle of the day to let your dog out and to give him a little play time.
If you work close to home, use your lunch break to let your dog out.
See if a family member who stays home during the day would like some canine company.
Crating for 8 hours is fine for most dogs, but he must get a potty break every 4-6 hours. If it gets much longer than that, you may have to find an alternative to ensure your pet is happy and healthy.