Yea hes never in there more than that at a time (unless i have to put him there at night). I guess I'm wondering how much in a day overall is too much. I know he as to be in there when I can't watch him, but its been a particularly busy weekend and I'm feeling a bit guilty.It really depends on the puppy, generally we try to keep it to no longer than 4-5 hours at a time but have gone as long as 8 with the puppy being just fine.
How long should he sleep each day? Is it kosher to put him in there at night when I need him to settle down before bed or when I simply need a break? There are tomes where I just cant watch him, but also dont want to abuse the crate.I guess it really depends on whether they can actually sleep while in the crate or if they're going to be disturbed/awakened every half hour (phone ringing, people knocking on the door all day, etc.)
I just hate leaving him in there like that all the time, but I guess I have to do what I have to. (If I don't graduate, neither one of us will be eating very well.)ISaidNoSprinkles - I know how you feel. I have to put Stardust in the crate at times when I'm doing my projects, even though I know she won't/may not bother me, but because I don't want to have to keep an eye on her every 5 minutes to make sure she's not at the door. It has been over a week since her last pee pee accident (she had one minor poop accident tonight, but that's kind of my fiance's fault as he didn't leave her out long enough to do the 2nd business...it happens!). I find myself putting her in there for a couple hours, then take her out for about an hour, then back in the crate for another couple hours, etc.
So, she does seem to be alright. Your puppy is a little younger than mine, so I assume that it will get better over time.