Dogs are den animals by nature and most dogs will lie in their crate with the door open when it's time to nap. Dogs must EARN the privilege of freedom to be left uncrated, even at night. We believe that for most dogs, crates are one of the best tools for a safe and successful transition in to your home.
Crates are great for the settling in period, while the resident dog is getting used to the new dog and as a training tool until your dog is accustom to your home and new environment. Some dogs may always require crating when left alone. How long to crate depends on your dog's energy level and age. ALWAYS allow exercise or play time before and after crating.
The foster caregiver has spent time crate training your dog so that you and your dog will be successful. Using a crate anytime the dog is not closely supervised will save the relationship you have with your dog (and possibly your couch or rug!) It is our policy that a crate must be in place prior to the dog being left in your care and an adult dog crated for at least the first 60 days though we HIGHLY recommend crating for a much longer length of time. We require puppies to be crated at least until maturity. Not all dogs are suited to be left for hours unsupervised and may require crating for years, if not the rest of their life. We have a lot more experience bringing new dogs in to our homes that you may, so please follow our recommendation. Remember that a dog is not fully matured until they are approximately 3 years old.
Not only is crating your new dog a way to keep them and your items safe, but should the dog eat something,
it could end up costing you THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS to save their life.