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    New puppy schedule

    Hey guys! It's day number four since I brought home my new puppy! He's actually doing very well! He goes outside for potty most of the times and last night was the first night he actually slept without whining in his crate except for when he wanted to go out for potty. But I'm a little concerned about his schedule and about what I should and shouldn't be doing. The puppy spends most of his day inside my room and we take him out to see the rest of the house when we lock our house cat in another room. My main concern is how much exercise and play the puppy needs and how long he can stay in his crate because I have a feeling that I leave him in there a while. About my first concern the thing is around 8 AM when he wakes up he wants to play like crazy.I put him out for potty, played with him for half an hour and then since I was very sleepy( he kept me up the past two days) I put him in his crate. He did whine quite a bit but then settled and I went back to sleep and woke up about three hours later with no interruption from him. And I'm thinking is it cruel that I let him in there while I slept? Also I know puppies need a lot of attention and taking care of but I do need to get out of the room sometimes or even out of the house. How long exactly is it OK for him to stay in the crate. Right now he's a big ball of energy and wants to bite everything and I don't want to put him in the crate when he's in play mode. What do I do? What schedule does a 2.5 old puppy need every day? I don't want to either neglect him or lose all of my personal life. Will taking him out for a walk in my arms help him in any way ? Thank you for any advice!!

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    I put him in his crate now after about an hour and a half of playing and some training and he's whining and whining and whining( not loud crying just a consistent whine) he just now stopped(Must have been 5 minutes). It just makes me sad...I want him to feel ok when he goes into the crate and I am trying to make him love it! I feed him there I put a kong toy when he goes inside and a stuffed one he really likes. And when he is out I lure him in with his favorite treat. But most of the times(not always) the first minutes he whines and I feel I'm caging him but what can I do?? For the past almost two hours the only thing I have occupied myself with is him! I haven't eaten a proper breakfast yet! And it's 1.30 pm!

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    Re: New puppy schedule

    Puppies whine, but I promise if he's been exercised/played with and gone potty before going in there, he's fine. The whining may last a while longer, but eventually he will learn that the crate is an ok place to be and that you always come back to get him.

    I believe it's something like 4 hours for a baby puppy in the crate, and then as they get older they are more capable of holding it for longer periods of time, but that also depends on the breed. Small breed pups can't hold it quite as long. At about 6 months old my dog could hold it through the workday, so it doesn't last forever.

    You are not being cruel by crating your puppy when you cannot supervise him. Crating him is protecting him from swallowing something he shouldn't, having accidents, and developing bad habits. It's totally ok to crate puppy so you can sleep without worrying about where he is, or so you can make yourself something to eat, or just so you can take a break and get out of the house! Your puppy is a baby and still learning, so obviously it's going to feel like he's in the crate a lot until he learns appropriate behaviors, but being crated so much won't last forever.

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    Thank you so much! I felt really guilty for leaving him there when it was obvious he wasn't that sleepy. When he is tired and ready to sleep he will stay in with almost no whining at all! But today when I had to go for lunch in the kitchen and he was acting excited and playful I put him in the smaller fabric carrier I got him(I'm trying to get him used to both crates because he will be transported in the smaller carrier) he went nuts! I could hear him crying and yelping! So I went back into the room,he settled a little still whining though, and when he stopped for a moment I let him out. In the end I ate my lunch while he was dozing off in my mother's arms. Later I got him in my arms and when he started getting sleepy I put him in the wire crate. He whined about two times and went to sleep. These are two VERY different situations. It's one thing for the puppy to whine and another for him to go crazy barking and crying loudly. The latter is the one I'm actually scared of and the one that really makes me nervous.

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    Re: New puppy schedule

    That was a bit of panic at being in a new place and a lot of temper tantrum! Perhaps use the small carrier for naps during the day too.

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    I have been using it for naps and though he was more uncomfortable and there was more protesting in it in the end he just dealt with it and stopped. I don't know what happened today. In general he seems to dislike the carrier far more than the crate which kind of makes me nervous since this is the carrier I will be using for moving him from my hometown to where I study in college,taking him to the vet etc. Well! I guess we'll just have to work on it! :P

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