Hello my question will be how many hours should I leave my 14 week old American bulldog in its playpen/crate in the garage? (I have a playpen fence around his crate in the garage, I usually leave the crate door open, as the fence playpen is surrounding it) I only lock him up in the crate after he eats for 30mins to an hour.
Is it okay to leave him locked in the crate for more than 4 hours? Also, the playpen/ crate is in the garage and when I go to work I have to leave him in the garage that doesn't really have any windows just vents and little opening on the bottom, and I want to make sure that he doesn't feel like he's in a cave.
If you can please give me some peace of mind, that he is okay. Thanks a lot!
Hi Ceci Is it possible that you could put his crate and playpen somewhere indoors rather than in the garage. Perhaps in the kitchen or bathroom or laundry room - where the floors are easy to clean if he makes a mistake?
The garage has no real light and could get very cold, or very hot, depending on the temperature etc. outside, and it's really not a good place to leave a puppy I'm afraid. He'd do much better indoors.
As for how long he can stay in his crate - at 14 weeks he should be okay for up to about 3 hours or so, as long as he's had a potty break before you put him in there. He's really too young to be left all day or for long periods, and if this is something that you need to do I'd recommend trying to come home at lunchtime or find someone (a neighbor, friend or relative) to come to your home at least once a day to let him out for a potty break and give him some exercise and attention. Take a look at my Crate Training A Puppy page for more tips and advice.
Puppies need a lot of attention when they're young, but as he gets older and more mature his bladder/bowel control will improve and he'll also be better at amusing himself when he's alone. Always make sure he has a couple of sturdy chew toys to keep him happy when he's crated. You can check out my Indestructible Dog Toys page for some of the best ones around.
Raising puppies takes a lot of time, effort, patience and love but it's worth all that effort. Check out my New Puppy Care page for lots of help and advice. Best of luck, enjoy that adorable pup of yours!