I can’t crate my dog for 8 hours!
Q: l can’t leave my dog in the crate for 8 hours! A: If you feel bad about leaving your dog in a crate for 8 hours, l like you to think about this. There are 24 hours in a day, which means you have 3 sessions of 8 hours. You sleep for 8 hours, you work for 8 hours (when your dog is crated), and you still have another 8 hours which you can choose what to spend on. Letting your dog free roam in the house does not teach your dog how to become a better and stronger dog - spending quality time with you doing things that is educational in a positive way does. How much time out of the remaining 8 hours are you willing to spend with your dog? It is not how long your dog stays in a crate when you are gone but how much quality time you are willing to spend with your dog when you are home that really matters. If you feel bad that your dog is not getting much positive stimulation while you are gone for 8 hours, please spend some one on one quality time walking, training, and structurally playing with your dog when you are home. You can spend up to 8 hours with your dog every day even if you have crated your dog for 8 hours.