Hi. Is it Ok to crate a puppy at 4 months old while I am at work?
Yep. It would be ideal if you had someone come in once or twice while you're gone to wring the pup out. However, if you can't, come straight home and do the honors.
Jo Wolf
Martinez, Georgia
Hi. Is it Ok to crate a puppy at 4 months old while I am at work?

It may work but you will need to train the pup to go ion it first. You cannot just shut it in and go.
The pup will go frantic.
It will be alien to it.
Is there a reason you need to put it in there at all. Not all dogs are naughty..
Pat.
It may work but you will need to train the pup to go ion it first. You cannot just shut ... to it. Is there a reason you need to put it in there at all. Not all dogs are naughty..

crates aren't just for "naughty" dogs. they're also useful for keeping the dog safe while you're not home to supervise. my dogs get special treats in their crates, and will run to them expectantly as soon as i open the pantry door. it's not alien, and they're not (usually) frantic. i have one dog with separation anxiety, and she'll get upset if she's in her crate and knows i'm still at home. otherwise, they just hang out, chew on their treats, or sleep, until someone gets home to play with them.
a great way to get the pup used to the crate is to feed him/her in it with the door open (when you're home). this will get the pup used to good things happening around the crate. hide little treats in there so the pup goes in and out of the crate often while you are home. i also use a heating pad, set on low, under the crate pad, for my girl Lola.

she's usually cold and likes to sleep near the heater, so the heating pad keeps her warm and comfy. another thing to do is put an old shirt or something of yours in there with the puppy. also, fill a "kong" or other hollow toy with wet dog food or cheese or peanutbutter. this will keep the dog occupied for a while and help her to settle down.
good luck..
-kelly
Hi. Is it Ok to crate a puppy at 4 months old while I am at work?

Make sure the grating is close enough so that its head won't get caught. There are horror stories out there!