When should you stop using a dog crate? Many dogs will consider the crate their bedroom, using it to sleep and enjoy some alone time. You can usually stop closing your dog into your crate when they are around two years of age.
How many hours is it OK to crate a dog? Most dogs should not be crated for more than 8 hours at a time, and the length of time is shorter for older dogs and puppies. Also, you shouldn’t have your dog spend most of the time in a crate, even if you give him frequent breaks.
Is it cruel to keep a dog in a crate overnight? It is not cruel to crate a dog at night as long as he is properly crate trained, enjoys being in his crate, has had plenty of out-of-crate time during the day, and was given a potty break before going to sleep.
Can I crate my dog for 12 hours? The quick answer is that while a dog can sleep through the night in his crate, he should definitely not be crated for 12 hours during the day. This is way too much time spent in isolation.