Can I leave my dog in crate overnight?

Don’t abuse the crate. It is a useful management tool, but your dog shouldn’t live in a cage day and night, with few opportunities for playtime and “people” time. If your dog is being crated for any extended periods during the day, it is a good idea to allow him to sleep in someone’s room at night.

Leaving a dog in a crate overnight can be a difficult decision for pet owners to make. On one hand, crating can be a safe and secure way to confine a dog when no one is home to supervise. On the other hand, some owners are concerned that confining a pet in this way is cruel or will negatively affect their pet’s behavior. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of leaving a dog in a crate overnight, so that pet owners can make an informed decision about what is best for their furry friend. We’ll cover topics such as the size of the crate, what type of bedding to use, recommended crate break times throughout the night, and other tips for overnight crating that can help ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

Is it cruel to crate a dog while at work?

Whether to crate a dog while you are at work depends on how long you will be gone as well as the disposition and general temperament of your dog.

It’s acceptable to crate your dog for the four hours you spend at work if you work a part-time job. He’ll probably just nap until you get back, especially if you took him for a walk and did some training beforehand.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t crate your dog for 8 to 12 hours while you are away if you have a full-time job (and possibly a long commute on top of that). He’s been confined to this small space for far too long. He might get very restless, try to escape, and exhibit nervous behaviors like constant barking or even behavioral problems like separation anxiety.

Because they are social creatures, dogs need a lot of daily enrichment to be content and well-behaved.

Dogs need to:

  • Get physical exercise such as going on walks, playing fetch or doing dog agility
  • Have mental stimulation such as through food puzzles, learning tricks or doing nosework
  • Experience social interaction with their owners (and, if they are not reactive, other dogs)
  • Interact with the world around them – through sniffing, exploring, walking on different surfaces, using their body in different ways
  • Be trained by their owners in order to work on important skills such as leah-walking or sitting and coming when called
  • None of these can occur to a dog that spends their entire day in a crate. Being crated for a dog for that long during the day is unfair to it.

    Should You Close A Dog Crate At Night?

    Can I leave my dog in crate overnight?

    If you decide to train your dog in a crate, the dog should spend the night in the crate with the door closed.

    Here’s why:

  • Your dog regards his crate set up as a place where he’s safe and comfortable. The crate is your dog’s den. When confined to his crate overnight, your dog should feel safe, secure, and comfy.
  • A warm, cozy bed will keep your dog warm at night.
  • If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, he’ll be happier if he’s snoozing in a closed crate beside his owner’s bed.
  • Confining your dog to his crate overnight helps with potty training your pet. The dog learns to hold his bladder for longer and waits to be let outside to relieve himself. If the crate is beside your bed, you’ll hear your dog if he asks to go out, avoiding toileting accidents in the crate.
  • Dogs can be destructive, especially when teething. Keeping your dog in his crate overnight can effectively prevent destructive behaviors.
  • Dogs frequently decide to go walkabout during the night. That’s going to wake you if you’re a light sleeper. If your dog is safely contained in his crate, you’ll get a good night’s rest.
  • In an emergency, such as a natural disaster or fire, it’s much easier to rescue your dog if he’s contained in his crate. A frightened dog will bolt, making it almost impossible to find and catch him. Your pet is less likely to panic if he’s safely contained in the secure environment of his locked crate.
  • We want to emphasize that before you lock your dog in his crate, you should always make sure he has been properly trained. Your dog should be accustomed to spending longer periods of time in his crate with the door closed while you are present to watch him before crating your pet overnight.

    Tips for Crate Training at Night

    Start crate training your puppy on his first night.

    If you have other dogs, it’s a good idea to keep the crate in your bedroom for the first few nights so he doesn’t feel alone. You can try moving the crate farther away each night. After some time, you can move it to the location where you want him to spend the night.

    If he cries or complains at night, it’s either out of loneliness, fear, being alone, or having to go potty.

    But it could be because he has to pee. Before you turn in for the night, take him for a brief stroll. If you’re anything like me, you’re exhausted just before going to bed. Although it is inconvenient to walk your dog at that hour for a quick bathroom break, puppies cannot hold it overnight.

    Therefore, it is a test for you if he sobs after taking a pee break. Just deal with it. Do not yell or bang on the crate. That will not help. Adopting a puppy will cause you to lose sleep, so ignore him and don’t open the door.

    For overnight use, a crate and a pen are both acceptable. So that the puppy can relieve himself, place puppy pee pads in the dog pen.

    Make the crate as comfortable as possible. Lay blankets or a dog bed on the crate’s floor. Include a bowl of water as well, but just a little bit. Just put enough water to last the night.

    Also, partially cover the crate to make it den-like. My dog’s crate resembles a small cave.

    Play with your dog in the evening to ensure that they are exhausted before bed. Take him outside for a quick pee break, and then on your instruction, place him in the crate.

    Final Notes for Crate Training at Night

    One sophisticated choice is to connect an Adaptil diffuser close to the puppy’s bed. Instead of the puppy crying at night, this emits the same pheromone as a nursing dog mom and helps the puppy feel safe and secure so they can drift off to sleep.

    Crate training a dog takes time and consistency. Don’t give up; just continue locking him in the crate every night.

    Note: You should not crate your dog for too long. They need exercise and interaction. Puppy max time is 4 hrs. For the days you are at work, you ought to think about hiring a dog walker.


    How long can I leave my dog in a crate overnight?

    According to Nina Torres, most adult dogs can spend up to nine hours in their crates during the day (with a break for a walk in the middle) and eight hours at night, unless they are senior citizens or large dogs that need to stretch their joints.

    Can I crate my dog for 8 hours at night?

    Adult dogs shouldn’t be confined for more than 6 to 8 hours at a time. Puppies older than 17 weeks can tolerate being in a crate for up to 4 or 5 hours at a time. A dog’s physical and mental health may suffer if they are kept in a crate at home for an extended period of time.

    Can I crate my dog for 12 hours?

    The majority of the dog’s awake time is spent sleeping or otherwise relaxing. Because of this, a healthy adult dog can sleep in his crate for up to 12 hours at a time, provided you provide him with plenty of mental and physical stimulation while he’s outside the crate.