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Hi,

Well I have an issue and I don't know who to contact or what I should do about it. I live in Las Vegas in an apartment with two other roommates and they adopted a pure-bred Shelti puppy almost two months ago. My roommates don't have animal experience so I was pretty hesitant when I saw them buy the dog. The dog is currently four months old and seems very healthy and they have been Kennel Training him since they got him. From day one it sorta just seemed like he was just some cute thing that they bought not realizing how much work a dog takes.

They have been leaving him in his Kennel for 6 hours at a time while they are both at work. From about 4:00pm to 10:00pm. I have offered to let him out during those hours because I am home from school during that time period, but they have absolutely forbidden me from doing that. Well, I was doing it anyways. I am not an animal expert but I have had dogs my whole life, and I don't think that the dog should be held in a cage for that long. So now they are locking the door with the puppy inside the room in a cage while they are at work. Also on top of that, they sleep for about 9-10 hours leaving the dog in his cage for the entire length of time. So thats about 15-16 hours a day that he is in his Kennel. AND on top of that the amount of time that he is in his Kennel while they are at home.

So is it healthy for the dog to be in the kennel for that much? What should I do if it isn't? I know this isn't my dog but I just feel like this is absolutely wrong, and I have no idea what to do about it. They will not listen to me no matter what I say, saying that their vet and dog trainer said that it isn't unhealthy for him but I feel like they are just trying to pull one over me.

Thanks for any help you might have,
-Chris
 

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I work and Atka is in her crate days from around 6 AM to around 4:30PM and is fine. I got her at age 6 months and she is now over two years old. I live alone and that is the option. I did ask my vet(s) and various other people about this before I got the dog. They said she should be OK and she has been.

However, I also walk her for a mile in the morning before work and 2 to 4 miles at night after work plus I train her etc.

She is not kenneled at night anymore but she is confined to one area and she sleeps like a log. I am in bed from 9:00PM -4:30AM.

She also has a fenced yard.. so at those times when I am home and doing something else (if it is not too muddy out), she is in the yard. By something else I mean things like house cleaning (she HATES it when I run the Vaccuum). When I am working on the house like painting etc. she is typically right there with me (with her cat) and they watch and offer up advice and opinions.

I don't see any problem with the 6 hours.. but I think it is silly of them not to take advantage of your dog walking availability. Unless they are housebreaking this young dog, I see no reason for the dog to be kenneled when they are home and lounging. At 16 weeks old, the 9-10 hours at night with no break is a LONG time.

Since they do not want your help or advice you probably have only two options. Let it go or move out so you can let it go.
 

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As long as the pup is getting enough breaks for exercise and potty training it should be fine. Young pups do sleep a lot. But why don't they want you to give the pup a potty/exercise break during the day? If the pup is pottying in the crate then it's not only in there too long at a time but your roommates are defeating one of the main purposes in crate training. If it's a vey young pup, they should also be scheduling at least one (or more) outings during the night for the pup to relieve itself.

If you're concerned the best thing to do would be to call animal control and ask someone to come out and talk to your roommates about puppy raising and crate training. Or, if that would make you uncomfortable suggest they come on here. There's a lot of good information and occasionally differences of opinion on this forum.
 

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Good post Elana....you pretty much said what I was thinking:)

I'm not sure why they would not take up your offer to let the dog out?....maybe you can talk to them more about it...or you can sent them here :D
 
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