Post # 1
DH and I just adopted a puppy! We absolutely love him, he’s a mutt (lab and something) and about 11 weeks old. He’s pretty well potty trained already, no accidents so far.
We’ve been keeping him in his kennel at night time (10pm-6:30am) and when I leave the house for an hour or so for errands. I work from home so I’ve been keeping him out of his kennel all the time I’m home.
Here’s the disagreement– DH’s parents always crated their dogs- adult dogs slept in crates every single night and were not allowed to leave the kitchen or basement area. So, DH thinks we should always crate him at night.
I’ve NEVER known anyone else who crates their dogs, I really don’t understand why anyone would (beyond puppy stage– I’m totally ok with it until puppy is potty trained). I had many large dogs growing up and they were never in a kennel (even in the car) and they never had problems having the house to themselves – never tore up furniture or broke anything, etc. I really do not see the point of crating a dog and have made that very clear to DH but we are still arguing about it.
What do you bees think?
Post # 3
We crated our dog as a pup and then during the days only until he was almost 2.
I love crating, but I am kind of with you on this. Our dog has 2 beds in our house that are his to sleep on. He sleeps. I see no need to crate him away at night.. and he’d probably be sad if I did!
Post # 4
@fiver: It just depends. We let our two dogs sleep in our bed at night (a decision I sometimes regret because of their size now). However, we crate them during the day. We used to let our first dog roam freely, but our second dog is very anxious and feels more comfortable/is calm when we leave with him crated. I think it is honestly fine to have them sleep in crates at night, they aren’t going to be roaming at night anyway. It lets the dog have “their space” and you have “your space.”
Post # 5
@fiver: I personally don’t agree with it. Dogs are pack animals and while some end up liking their crate, most would prefer the socialization. Our furmonster sleeps with us and he is only crated if he is home alone and not in day care that day (this happens rarely).
Post # 6
If they are house trained and are beyond the chewing stage there is no reason to crate them. We put our dog in the spare bedroom at night so he has room but is confined so he doesn’t get into anything. And we leave him out during the day now.
Up until he was maybe…1.5 years old he was crated at night and during the day or put in the spare room. Unfortunately he likes destroying things so for his own safety he had to be crated. But he has FINALLY out grown that and his crate has been put away.
Post # 7
Thanks bees, I think its mostly just some of DH’s parent’s anal tendencies rubbing off on him. I’ve read some articles about how dogs apparently “like” being in a crate (??) because its is their “den” but that still doesn’t make sense to me- I mean sure you can leave the kennel open for them if they want to curl up in there, but it is very different if you lock them in there. I want our dog to feel that this house is his home too!
Post # 8
Our dog is fine with either. She was crate trained and loves her house. When we travel anywhere she’s way more comfortable in her crate than in a strange house/hotel room. In fact if we leave her in a hotel room and come back, she’ll be in the crate if we just leave it there open.
At home we usually let her sleep in our room, and she prefers my side of the bed (momma’s girl), but we occasionally put her in her crate and she doesn’t stress or anything, just goes to sleep. It’s good to keep them used to it for their safety – someone comes to the door or you spill something toxic – in the crate no problem ’till it’s taken care of.
Post # 9
We crated our dog for 4 weeks when we first got her (at 8 weeks) and she just never got used to it. She would cry and cry, no matter what we tried. I personally don’t like crating (except, like you said, for housetraining purposes) and would never do it with my pup or any pup I have in the future. To me, my dog is a part of the family, not something to be locked away in a cage. I wouldn’t put a future kid in the cage, so I won’t do it to my dog. But that’s just me and I’m a little crazy about my dog. She also sleeps with us, drinks water out of a cup and cuddles with a teddy bear – so she’s clearly pretty spoiled (and thinks she is a human).
Post # 10
I only crated my dogs when they were new to the house (I only got one dog as a puppy, the other two were adults when I adopted them) or if they’re sick. I used the kennel for feeding as well, especially as our dogs adjusted to having a new pack member.
My mom’s dog loves her crate, she does go and curl up in there to get away from everything else.
I say, once they are older and have established their part in your family (and are trustworthy) they shouldn’t necessarily be locked in the crate all night.
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@fiver: My parents crate their dogs at night too. It’s to keep them from wandering around the house at night. We don’t crate my dog any more (since he was around 1 year old) and he sleeps in bed with us. He is supposed to sleep on his bed on the floor but he would sneak up into bed with us as soon as we feel asleep so we gave up and just let him sleep in bed with us. If you don’t crate him at night, he will probably want to sleep in your room (or in bed) with you.
Post # 12
@fiver: We have an 8 month old Corgi and he sleeps in his crate at night still. He’s 100% potty trained; however, we don’t trust him not to get into trouble. Ultimately it’s not just him ruining our stuff – it’s his safety. He once started chewing on a lamp cord while I was in the living room so thankfully I could take it away from him and redirect him to another toy. I cringe to think what could’ve happened if we weren’t around to see that happening!
On the flip side, I grew up with a Yorkie who probably spent a total of 3 days in her crate before we let her roam free. She had severe separation anxiety and would poop/pee the second we put her in her crate. After we started leaving her out, she was completely fine. She wouldn’t chew on anything or pee/poop in the house so she could be trusted. Our Corgi actually loves his crate, it’s his safe zone, so I don’t feel as bad putting him in there at night with a few toys to keep him busy.
Post # 13
I’ve never crated a dog past 1 year!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I don’t think dogs really need to be crated at night, or really much any other time when you are home, except for certain instances, like if you introduce a new dog and you feed them both in their separate crates, etc, or if one dog is sick or hurt and needs to be kept calm and quiet.
We do keep our little guy crated when we are not home, because even though he is potty trained FAIRLY well, he will still mark at times if he’s totally left to his own devices all day (he was 6 when we got him). I have also heard the argument that in an emergency, say a fire starts and you are not home, a fireman could run in, grab the whole kennel and be out in a flash, rather than try to find your dog (which they might not even do unless they would somehow know there is one in there) or try to grab a scared/hiding dog, who might crawl under a couch or bed or try to bite a fireman being scared by him. That could go both ways, I suppose, if a fire started in the room they were crated, so I dunno… ugh I hate even thinking about that but it’s something to consider.
Post # 15
@fiver: Our dog is a year and a half old and we still crate him at night. We trust he won’t have accidents, but he loves his crate so much that when he gets tired at night and is ready for bed, he’ll often go in there on his own. It’s more of a security thing for him than it is us wanting to crate him.
It also prevents him from getting into or chewing on things. He doesn’t usually chew or get into the garbage, but if we were alseep or not home and he got bored, I’m sure he would do a lot more damage.
Post # 16
Another thing to keep in mind is that dog adolescence is a real thing. So definitely take your time making this decision. Your puppy is still young and compliant. Behaviors will begin to shift at around 6-7 months as he tries to exert independence and he won’t really settle into is “marture dog” personality until around 2. No one really warns you about this.
Also, you want to make sure your dog is comfortable with crateing throughout his life even if you decide not to crate him every night. You never know when he might NEED to be crated (while boarding, when sick, etc.) and if he looses his comfort with them, it will be rough on him. I no longer crate my 4 year old dog, but a couple days a week he gets crated while I am out on errands just to keep him comfortable and used to it.