(Closed) Do you cage your dog while out?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you put your dog in a crate/cage while you are gone?




  • Post # 47
    9819 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Neither of mine are crated. When they were puppies we used an xpen in the kitchen during the day, and a crate at night.

    Post # 48
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We don’t crate our 70-lb pit mix during the day, only at night for bedtime, and for the occassional time-out.

    I think there is no right or wrong answer here.  Every dog and home are different so it just comes down to what’s best for your dog and your situation.  We don’t because she rarely displays destructive behaviors and she is fully house trained so we don’t see a reason to.  She also doesn’t seem to have anxiety when we leave the house.  She seems to play with her toys, chew her bully stick or eat her kong if we leave her one, and sleep when we are out.  She is alone 8-9 hours per day.

    However, we crate her at night because she does have anxiety when we are home, but sleeping and therefore not interacting with her.  She wakes us up and if we put her out of the room, she paws at the door and cries.  So we felt it would be best to crate her at night and she is doing really well with it.  She has started going in willingly when it’s bed time and likes it in there now!  I never thought we’d get there but we found a situation that works for all of us!

    Post # 50
    3196 posts
    Sugar bee

    We don’t anymore, we crated her when we first rescued her, but now we just put her in the laundry room when we go out so she has a little more room to move around, but can’t get in too much trouble. 

    Post # 51
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @MrsStrz:  Omg, adorable!

    Post # 52
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We crate one of our dogs, but not the other.  George is just very much puppy still (even though he’s 4 now!) and he’s learned to open the baby gates by nudging and jumping on them, so he can’t be trusted without supervision for very long. Our older dog, Louie, doesn’t need to be crated, though.  He mostly just lays on his bed and barks at people out the window, while we’re gone.  🙂

    Post # 53
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We don’t crate them, but we do keep them shut in the bedroom when we’re gone. My border collie has separation anxiety and will pee on my rug in the living room when I leave in the morning. She doesn’t have issues anywhere else, so it’s just easier on me to keep them in one room. It’s her favorite place ot be in the house, anyway. She’s there 90% of the time she’s in the house whether the door is open or shut.

    Post # 54
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yes. Absolutely, yes. We crate our little monster. She is a destructive little diva and we would probably come home to a war zone if we left her to her own devices.

    My little princess!


    Post # 55
    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We put our dog in his “bedroom”, which is the laundry room full of his bed, toys and water and food dishes…  It’s a bit bigger than a crate, but small enough for him to feel comfortable.  The reason we put him in there at this point (when he was a puppy it was to save our house!) is more for his comfort than ours at this point…  He’s deaf so if he is left in a big space alone he freaks out a little bit, if he tries to take a nap he’ll wake up every few minutes and check the house to see where everyone is… He does this even when we are home and I see how relieved he is when he sees us, but it breaks my heart to think he would just be running from room to room if we were gone trying to see if we had come back.

    This way he only has his space to worry about, if his door is still closed we are not home.  We put him in there if we are going out for extended periods of time or for bedtime, if we are just running to the store quick we will usually leave him out.

    Post # 56
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We don’t crate our dogs. They have full reign of the downstairs floor. They are very seldom destructive and they are house trained. I’m so glad because personally I’m not a fan of crating. I get that it works in some situations, but I have had dogs my whole life and I have never had the need (or want) to do it.

    Post # 57
    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Nope, I let my dog roam the house. He is well behaved and completely potty trained. I try not to leave him alone for more than 5 hours. 

    Post # 58
    3196 posts
    Sugar bee

    Oh alright, now that everyone is sharing their adorable furbabies, I’ll do so as well! 

    Post # 59
    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We made sure when our dogs were puppies to teach them how to behave, and as humans we behave by putting all ‘no-no’ things out of their reach.  As such, we have a 6 year old lab and a 3 year old basset hound that behave perfectly with full run of the house when we aren’t there.

    Post # 60
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee

    No, I just couldn’t bring myself to. =(

    The first 2 years I had my Sadie I did EVERYTHING I was told to as far as potty training, but stopped short of crating because it felt mean to me.  My roommates felt like she was completely out of control and were upset with me for not crating her. She peed in the house and often in one roommates room.  She also only chewed this roommates shoes. I always steam cleaned, and washed and replaced everything though.  It got to the point where they would just lock her up outside when I wasnt home.

    I moved (seperately from the roommates) and now shes a complete angel. No chewing, trash digging, peeing in the house, NOTHING.

    I have no idea what happened.

    ETA a picture of my love!

    Post # 61
    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Our dogs stay in our finished basement, we put up a baby gate at the stairs so they are confined.  We tried to crate our chihuahua Pedro, but he learned how to open the lock, don’t ask me how, but he got so fast getting out of the crate he would be out of the crate in seconds.  Both of our dogs are house trained so it’s not a big deal giving them free roam in the basement.

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