Your puppy can stay in his cage the same number of hours as his age in months plus one. That means that an eight-week-old puppy can stay in its cage for a maximum of two and a half to three hours in a row. Here are some tips on how you can make cage training for your new puppy an easy and enjoyable process. Place the puppy in the cage at regular intervals, such as during the puppy's nap time.
The puppy should spend about 1 to 2 hours in the cage during the day. This gets you used to the box quickly. Remove the puppy's collar every time you place it in the cage to prevent it from catching on anything and drowning it. My husband and I just brought home a chocolate lab puppy yesterday and tomorrow he will be 9 weeks old.
So how long can you leave your puppy alone? In the first six months of life, puppies need a lot of attention, care, and exercise. If you are a stay-at-home person who can devote yourself to many small training periods throughout every day, you will succeed long before a full-time office worker who can only train for a few mornings, afternoons, and weekends. At 14 weeks, you should be able to go through the night without a bathroom break, as long as you follow the advice in the “box training at night” section above. Puppies often complain in their cages during the initial stages of training as they adjust to being alone.
If a puppy is raised in these conditions, their natural instincts to be clean are dominated, and many puppies from pet stores or puppy factories have no problem getting into their cages. A good rule of thumb is that the number of hours puppies usually “endure” is their age in months, plus one. If they've gone 6 weeks or more without even trying to urinate anywhere in the house, you can try leaving them alone in a family room and see what happens. If the above doesn't work after 2 or 3 weeks, I would start training a “talk” and “silence” command.
So my question is, if she has access for easy relief, how will she train her bladder to support it? When I first got it almost 3 weeks ago, I had a liter partner from her who stayed with me for the week and I took a few weeks off. Remember to use the box to help your 8-week-old puppy get acclimated more easily, make your puppy very tired, and then let him take a nap in his new home. But there will be a follow-up article in a couple of weeks that will address common problems and how to overcome them. Some people may not have time to spend weeks on the process or simply need to use a box in a much faster time.
Puppies younger than six months of age should not be kept in a cage for more than three or four hours at a time.