When you leave the house, do you put your dog in a crate, or let him roam the house?

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:53:26 AM
My dog has never been crated. When he was little we would gate him into the kitchen, but only until he was about a year old...maybe less. Since then he's been free to go wherever in the house he wants to.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 12:29:05 PM
It depends on how long I'll be gone. We have 3 small dogs, and if I'm going to be gone for a couple hours, I let them roam (not the whole house, but a few rooms). If I'll be gone much longer than that, I'll crate them. Half the time when I leave and don't crate them they go sleep in their crates anyway. They also sleep in their crates at night.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 1:47:15 PM
8 month old puppy is always in her crate when we leave. 6 and 8 yr old Sams are left in the house uncrated. The Sams were not crate trained as pups and only the 6 yr old has been crate trained for overnight retreats.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 2:09:10 PM
Never used a crate for any of my dogs but when they were puppies I confined them to the kitchen which is a vinyl floor. I tried the crate and none of them seemed to adapt well.I felt alot better knowing they could move around, especially when I am gone 8 hrs or more at work.They had their food and water and puppy pads which they used. If I ever get another dog I may try crate training again due to all of the positive things I have since read about it.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 2:18:22 PM
I think crating is cruel. What is the point of having a dog if it is going to be in a crate. My dog has free roam of the house, and I don't even own a crate for her.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 2:20:51 PM
We crate Lucy when we're not home ... she still occasionally eats shoes when she's bored

She loves her crate though ... she sleeps in there with the door open even when we are home ...

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Posted: 10/2/2012 2:36:58 PM
OUr dog is a rescue, he was crated 24/7 basically. He loves his crate too.

I only crate him if we'll be gone a long time so he wont have an accident. Otherwise he has free reign of downstairs. We have a baby gate up as he loves to go on the kids beds and "play" with their stuffed toys - he thinks they are all his chew toys!



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Posted: 10/2/2012 2:55:05 PM
I had a whole long post written out, thought better of it and deleted it...

Crating your dog is NOT cruel: it is the dog's 'den' or safe place, and it can help with training.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 3:35:00 PM
When we are getting ready to go out she goes in her crate herself. She loves it in there.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 3:39:27 PM

My dogs are all crate trained. The oldest has more freedom than the other 2 but what I have found is they really misbehave when they are alone and together. It must be the mob mentality but they come together and do really bad things. My house is safer if they are confined. They don't have to be locked up very often but they don't mind their crates either.






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Posted: 10/2/2012 3:47:37 PM
Thanks guys! I was gone for 4 hours today, and she was in her crate the whole time. She was fine. Happy to see me when I got home, but no accidents or anything. She really does like it in there. I feel better now, so thank all of you for your experiences.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 3:53:21 PM
Our chocolate lab was a chewer. So we HAD to crate him or be chewed out of house and home. He is also an escape artist. He got out of cages that were triple-locked, tied with bungee cord, etc. LOL. He now has his own room with floor mats, water, food.....and his crate.

At 4 years, he is just now beginning to have the run of the house if alone for a couple of hours (fingers crossed).



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Posted: 10/2/2012 3:56:36 PM
We have 2 dogs - a mixed lab breed and a purebred mini doxie. The lab gets to roam free because he doesn't get into stuff and is a good pup. The mini doxie is horrendous if left out of the crate. He does his business all over my floor and will get into anything he can. He's always been like that. So he gets crated...even if I'm just walking to the end of the driveway. He gets really annoyed with being left behind. LOL





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Posted: 10/2/2012 4:21:19 PM
Our beagle is outside in our fenced-in yard, with water and food and two areas he can get under if it rains. He is a major chewer and a bit of a mischief-maker and cannot be left alone in the house at all. When we come home in the afternoons, he comes in.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 5:24:25 PM
That sounds horrible! Why would you lock them up and not leave them in the backyard?? Dogs are outside animals! Not your pretty captives to pack away for convenience!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 5:29:02 PM
Our dog has always roamed free.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 5:48:23 PM
When Emmett was a small pup, we crated. Within a few months he was potty and sleep trained. We built and he graduated to an indoor/outdoor dog run.

When we moved 5 years ago, we initially contained him to the laundry room while we were out - he also slept in there at night. After a couple years we gave him free reign.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 5:51:42 PM
At night the Chihuahua sleeps in one son's room, the beagle/terrier sleeps with another son and the oldest sleeps in her crate. She prefers it and doesn't do well with steps.

During the day when everyone is gone the Chihuahua finds a blanket and curls up and sleeps most of the day. He's too little to cause too much trouble. He does have a crate, but prefer a blanket or the couch. The other two go to the crate when they hear me coming downstairs in my heels. They prefer to share instead of going to their own crates.

If I leave them all out for more that an hour they are terrors together and get into everything. What one doesn't think of, the other 2 do and it's not pretty.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:01:34 PM

I have a bell hanging from my back door, and I use her paw to ring it when I take her out. I'm hoping she'll get the hang of it and start ringing it herself when she needs to go. I have two friends who use this method, and they both say it doesn't take long, so we'll see.
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Ha! I tried this, and my dopey dog would never use it. She just quietly stands at the door if she needs to go out. Which doesn't help when I'm upstairs. If my cat notices that the dog wants to go out, she rings it for her. Really.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:15:58 PM
My dog is not crated. He is a rescue and we discovered that being confined brings on anxiety. So, he has full run of the house. There are no potty issues and he is not destructive so it works for us.

If you dog is content in the crate I wouldn't stress about it.



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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:18:10 PM
Mo has the run of the house.
He's 11 now and has his favorite spots.

When he was a puppy we started to crate train him. He just looked so sad and dejected. I couldn't handle it and buckled. I figured he had to learn to live in the house.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:20:07 PM
Ours roams the house, except for the master bedroom (Don't want him jumping on the bed and hurt himself) and the scrap and guest room.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:24:06 PM
Our three dogs (German Shepherd and two Shih Tzus) have had free run of the house once they were house-broken and could be trusted not to chew or get into things.

I know from years of being home, that even with someone there they generally just lay about in one spot most of the time, unless you are specifically taking them for a walk, or engaging them in play, or feeding them, etc.

So I think most dogs are just fine in crates, and for some it is a safer option.

Our Shepherd liked her crate and would go and lay down in it sometimes during the day or night (door left open). We got rid of it because our house is small and it took up too much room though, and was only being used as a 'bed' at that point. She sleeps on the sofa now, with the other dogs.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:24:15 PM
Our three dogs (German Shepherd and two Shih Tzus) have had free run of the house once they were house-broken and could be trusted not to chew or get into things.

I know from years of being home, that even with someone there they generally just lay about in one spot most of the time, unless you are specifically taking them for a walk, or engaging them in play, or feeding them, etc.

So I think most dogs are just fine in crates, and for some it is a safer option.

Our Shepherd liked her crate and would go and lay down in it sometimes during the day or night (door left open). We got rid of it because our house is small and it took up too much room though, and was only being used as a 'bed' at that point. She sleeps on the sofa now, with the other dogs.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:39:48 PM
Not anti-crate here, crates are important and not cruel in many situations.

We have 3 Greyhounds and a Whippet. The Greyhounds are ex-racers and except for training and racing they were always in crates. Though it is recommended and Greyhounds seem to feel secure in their crates, ours have free run of the house.

The oldest male has never been a problem, from day one. The female was a medical foster when we got her due to a broken leg and had an external bone stabilizer so she could not be crated. She has not been a problem either.

Our newest addition, a huge male we adopted a month ago is not crated due to separation anxiety - drools an freaks out. When we first got him we tested him for a few hours at a time without a crate for several days and he has done pretty well. We have come home to a couple piles of "mount poopeus", but no other problems.

Now the 35 pound Whippet always hated the crate and was a minor terror at first. He did not chew things, just liked to collect items from the pantry and pile them on his bed, such as six packs of soda, gallon jugs of juice, packages of pasta, chips and then once topped off his pile of goodies with a carton of grape tomatoes. Being older now, he is not a problem.

Greyhounds and Whippets are not outdoor dogs and must live inside. Their fine thin coats and low percentage of body fat provide little insulation against the weather. Luckily, with the exception of the Whippet they have no interest in getting on the furniture. So we dog-proofed our house and they are well behaved all day while we are at work.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:48:58 PM
Big Dog roams, which basically means alternating between sleeping on the couch, to sleeping in the chair, to sleeping on the other couch. Little Dog stays in his crate. He is good about it. He knows that after kibble time, and second outdoor time, when the kids head to the front door it is crate time. We say "Come on, it's time for us to go," and he trots over to the crate, stops for a head rub and goes in. We don't hear another peep from him.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:49:32 PM
When I was assured they were housebroken and through the chewing stage they were allowed free roam of the house. At one point we had a roamer and one in a crate, but not for long. I still have to hide my shoes when we leave because even at 6 years old one of my Goldens loves to chew up my shoes...not my husband's shoes, just my shoes.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:26:46 PM
This is going to sound really crazy. Outside, in our fenced in backyard.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:23:36 PM

Our Shepherd liked her crate and would go and lay down in it sometimes during the day or night (door left open). We got rid of it because our house is small and it took up too much room though, and was only being used as a 'bed' at that point. She sleeps on the sofa now, with the other dogs.


This sounds like what we will be doing and for the same reason with our GSD Well except for the sleeping on the sofa part


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:37:20 PM
She roams 95% of the time. If it will be a long day she gets crated or if the weather is decent put out in the garage. She loves the garage and even when we are home, stands at the door for the chance to get out there.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:42:22 PM
My 3-year-old dog generally doesn't get crated while we're gone. The dogs are limited to the kitchen/den area anyway. The puppy we just got is crated when we leave, mainly because at this point I know she'll get into stuff.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:48:41 PM
We do not crate. I came home to a doxie that had moved her crate, made a mess, and chewed on it enough to bend the metal. So we started leaving her out of it for short periods of time and then longer periods. She uses her puppy pads as well.

As long as food items are not left within her reach she does fine. If something is left out well that's another story.. Now she roams with the exception of what I call "cat land" which is an area that is cordoned off by a baby gate that has the cats and all their things behind it.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:53:49 PM
I left my little dog out of the crate while I was at work all day, for years. Never had a problem.


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Posted: 10/2/2012 10:37:02 PM
Stella stays in her crate when we aren't home. During the work week I come home at lunch so she isn't in there longer than 4 hours.

We did get her a new bigger crate this week. It's a 4x4 foot crate so she has room to move around in. The other crate was getting small - this one is a bit big but she likes it and I don't feel like she is in "puppy jail" all day long.



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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:43:39 PM

If my cat notices that the dog wants to go out, she rings it for her. Really.


Awesome.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:17:41 AM
We have an Aussie that gets very anxious and kind of goes berserk sometimes when we are gone. She loves her crate, goes in there as soon as she sees me put on makeup.

It's been so helpful, as otherwise she would throw herself at the window, pull all the potted plants off the shelves, ect. We came home several times to quite a mess, and she felt bad. A couple times DH or someone else staying with us has forgotten to crate her and there were problems on our return.

At night she sleeps by our bedside. Its lovely except sometimes she's quite flatulent.

My granddaughters stay here every other weekend, and on those nights, our girl prefers to sleep outside their bedroom to guard them, it's really sweet.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:07:44 AM
Our boy was never crated. He could come and go as he pleased.
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