Can I put my chihuahua in a crate for more than 8 hours?

Did you choose to train your new puppy or adult chihuahua in a crate? Using a crate can make it easier to teach your chihuahua where to go to the bathroom, give your dog a safe place to stay when you’re not around, and be a great way to transport your dog.
But how long can you leave your chihuahua in a crate? Is it okay to put your pooch in a crate for more than 8 hours?

The short answer is that a chihuahua can sleep in his crate all night, but he shouldn’t be in there for 12 hours during the day. This is too much time being spent alone. Dogs are social animals that need to spend time with their owners and sometimes with other pets in order to be happy and healthy.
Let’s talk in more detail about how long your chihuahua should be in a crate and what you can do instead of putting your chihuahua in a crate for long periods.

Can I put my chihuahua in a crate overnight for 12 hours?

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In some situations, you might be able to keep a chihuahua in a crate for 10 to 12 hours overnight. Adult and older chihuahuas usually sleep for a long time at night, so they can hold their urine for that long.

If your adult chihuahua has slept in a crate before, he may already be used to it and won’t mind if you let him sleep for an extra hour or two at night. Obviously, you should take him outside to see if he needs to go to the bathroom if he is whining, acting restless, or scratching at the door.

However, most chihuahua puppies are not able to stay in a crate for a long period of time without going outside to potty. If you try to crate a puppy for 12 hours, especially one that is only 2 or 3 months old, it is likely to have an accident. Plan to take your chihuahua puppy outside at night so he doesn’t get used to going to the bathroom in his crate.

Can a chihuahua hold his bladder for 12 hours?

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Any adult dog including chihuahuas can hold his urine for 12 hours while sleeping. Like with people, certain hormones keep dogs from having to go to the bathroom as often at night as they do during the day.

During the day, it would be hard for most people to go 10 hours without going to the bathroom, but at night it is easy. The same is true for dogs. If they are sleeping, they can often hold their urine for 12 hours.

During the day, your chihuahua will need to go to the bathroom every couple of hours. Even though some dogs try to hold their pee in new or exciting places, they can get urinary tract infections (UTIs) if they don’t go to the bathroom soon enough.

You should never make your chihuahua hold his bladder for 12 hours during the day. This is not healthy and will hurt your dog.

Is it okay to put your chihuahua in a crate while you’re at work?

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Whether or not you should crate your chihuahua while you’re at work will depend on how long you’ll be gone and how your dog acts in general.

If you have a part-time job and you disappeared for 4 hours, you can put your chihuahua in a crate. Even more so if you took him for a walk and trained him before you left, he will probably just sleep until you get back.

On the contrary, if you have a full-time job, you shouldn’t leave your chihuahua in a crate for 8–12 hours while you are at work. This is a long time for him to be stuck in such a small area. He will probably get very bored, try to escape, and start doing things that make him nervous, like barking all the time, or even have behavioral issues, like separation anxiety.

Dogs are social creatures who need a lot of new things to do every day to be glad and very well.

chihuahuas should:

  • Get some physical activity by walking, playing fetch, or doing dog agility.
  • Have mind challenged by things like food puzzles, learning tricks, or nose work.
  • interact with their owners in a social way
  • interact with the world around them by sniffing, exploring, walking on different surfaces, and using different parts of their bodies.
  • Be taught important skills by their owners, like leash-walking, sitting, and the “come” command.
  • A chihuahua who spends 12 hours a day in a crate can’t do any of these. Keeping a dog in a crate for that long during the day is not fair.

Crate considerations

When deciding how long your chihuahua should stay in a crate, you should think about how old he is, what is his temperament, and what his breed tends to do. A senior Chihuahua will probably be happy to spend a long afternoon sleeping in a comfortable crate. When it’s hot outside in the summer, your older probably likes to sleep in a cool crate inside.

On the opposite, if you want a healthy teenage chihuahua to take a six-hour nap in his crate in the middle of the day, he might be bored out of his mind. If you have to leave your lively young chihuahua in a crate for more than 4 hours while you are at work, he may feel upset and start to display unwanted behaviors.

Always avoid getting a dog whose exercise and training needs don’t fit with the way you live. It’s not fair to buy a dog with a lot of energy and then keep him in a kennel for a long time every day.

Substitutes to having your chihuahua stay in a crate

Many chihuahua owners find it hard to find anything better than putting their dog in a crate. If your dog likes to chew and scratch, an indestructible dog crate may be the only way to keep him from destroying your home.

Here are some tips you can do instead of putting your chihuahua in a crate for long periods of the day:

Dog walkers

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If your chihuahua doesn’t get along with other dogs and you don’t want to send him to doggy daycare, a dogwalker can let him out of his crate in the middle of the day and give him the exercise and activity he needs.

Having a reliable dogwalker is helpful not only when you are at work, but also when you want to take a vacation or getaway for the weekend. It is very helpful to have a dog walker who already knows and understands your chihuahua. If you can’t afford to have a dog walker take your chihuahua out every day, even once or twice a week will make a big difference in his overall health and happiness.

Dog daycare

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Dog daycare is a good substitute for keeping your chihuahua in a crate at home if he is not familiar with other animals. At daycare, he can play with other pups and meet new people. Just at end of the day, your chi will be exhausted and ready to head home. Many daycare centers also let you train your chihuahua during the day. Which can be helpful for owners who are busy.

Dog yards

You can also make your backyard a safe and fun place for your chihuahua if you have one. Make sure you have a secure fence, though, so that your tiny chi doesn’t run away.

By adding a few things, you can make your dog’s yard a lot of fun. Why not:

  • A sandbox where he can dig
  • Playing with a flirtpole
  • Some Toys

Your chihuahua will behave much better during the day if he can walk around and explore in your yard instead of staying in a crate for a long time.

Dog-proof rooms

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Chihuahuas who are very destructive are often kept in crates during the day. Obviously, you do not wish to leave your chihuahua alone in the house for eight to twelve hours. Then come home to a disaster.

A good alternative to crates is to make a room that is dog-proof room. You can use your laundry room or a mud room they are perfect for this job. If your chihuahua used to spend all his day in a crate. He will certainly feel much better if he can walk freely around the room, and play with his toys.

How long can a chihuahua be in a crate at a time?

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There is no constant rule about how long a chihuahua can be in a crate. Obviously, if he poops in the crate, you kept him in there for too long.
It’s important to know the difference between putting your chihuahua in the crate for longer periods of time sometimes. And doing it every day for hours on end.

If you have to leave your chihuahua in a crate for 12 hours because of an emergency. He will be fine. But if you want to do this every weekday while you’re at work, this is too long!

The same goes for trips in a car. Your chihuahua will be safest in the car if he is in a crate. It won’t be hard to drive all over the state in one or two long days. However, if you intend to keep your chihuahua inside a kennel for more than 8 hours on a daily basis while he is at home. This will be harmful.

Last word

When deciding how long your chihuahua can resist in a crate, there are a few things to think about. Base your decision on:

  • The age and temperament of your chihuahua
  • How your chihuahua acts and how much energy he has
  • Whether he will only be in the crate for longer periods every so often or all the time.

Most of the time, you don’t have to keep a dog in a crate for a long time during the day. Your chihuahua will get a lot of much-needed stimulation and enrichment from dog walkers, doggy daycares, dog-proof rooms, and dog yards.

When you put your chihuahua in his crate for a longer time at night, that’s a different story. Older dogs can easily sleep for 10 hours or more at night without waking up. It’s fine to keep your chihuahua in a crate for that long at night. Especially if he has a lot to do during the day.

But when they are young, puppies won’t be able to sleep for that long. To keep them from having accidents, you should take them to the bathroom throughout the night.


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