Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 12 of 20

Thread: When is freedom allowed?

  1. #1
    Skinny-Dippin' Smokin' Tidy Bowl Bionic Woman Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    brutus77's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rosalie
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Long Island NY
    Posts
    6,959
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Brutus, Frankie, and Jack
    Likes (Received)
    2790

    Default When is freedom allowed?

    Ok so from reading the posts here it seems like most of you crate your dogs. Brutus is 8mos old and he is great about sleeping in his kennel all night and when we are not home. In the morning before I go to work I sometimes feel guilty putting him back in his crate because he looks so happy lounging on the couch he goes right back to sleep and looks at me like "are you kidding, I'm not going back in there". I am also not dumb enough to think that the sleeping giant wont eat my house when he wakes from his nap on the couch. When did you guys stop crateing your dogs?

  2. #2
    Bully Bootie Duty Become a 4 Paw Member RazrRila99's Avatar
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri, United States
    Posts
    186
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Colossus
    Likes (Received)
    48

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Colossus is a rare bully (Im guessing) and Im a glutton for punishment - I started leaving Colossus out at about 5 months. He never took to the crate and would bark non-stop early in the morning and then through the day, being the softie that I am I let him have run of the house. He does amazing at not chewing on things he shouldnt. He doesnt have any accidents (perse). My recommendation start with short bursts of time - leave him out when you run errands, etc. There are some here who have an "X-Pen" that the put with the kennel to give theirs more room. I built Colossus a "corral" for his safe space.

  3. #3
    Bulldog Walker Starkie's Avatar
    Real Name
    Simon
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    290
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Walley-Bubba aka Wooley Bulley aka Walter! aka Landi!!
    Likes (Received)
    35

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    It may be time to start giving him more freedom. Not total freedom yet, but more. We let WB have the run of the kitchen (large-ish, about 15' x 15') during the day when we are at work. The ceramic tile floor is easy to clean if he has an accident, but he hasn't since he was 4 months old. His crate is also in the kitchen and he either snoozes in there or sleeps by the puppy gate on the nice, cool ceramic tile. In the evening, he has the run of the house although we watch him like a hawk just in case. The extra freedom seems to be calming him down a lot. He now walks by the cats and they basically ignore each other. He still gets excited and runs over the poor little Yorkie, but that is improving gradually also, which is good since the Yorkie has a torn cruciate ligament from excessive excitement when the gardeners came one weekend.

  4. #4
    Dog Show Judge Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Lisabear123's Avatar
    Real Name
    Lisa
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Gainesville, Ga
    Posts
    2,454
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Brie
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Brie is only 7 months, so I can't imagine leaving her alone now w out it. I do, let her sleep on the bed w me at night tho as she is potty trained so I don't feel bad crating her when I go out during the day. I'm not sure tbh that I will ever feel 100% comfortable leaving her w full freedom being the lil mischievous chewer she is no matter how old. I think it is a personal trust choice. I wouldn't leave Brutus free until he is an adult tho. Maybe leave him out and go outside for a but, cone back n see if he has gotten into anything? Pita, I know, but trying it out and lengthening the time each time to me, seems to be the best way to see if he can be trusted. ?
    Last edited by Lisabear123; 07-25-2013 at 11:21 AM.

  5. #5
    Bulldog Vet in Training bluesteelapd's Avatar
    Real Name
    ~Carmin~
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,341
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Mona Lisa and Leonardo
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    you know you could gate him in a safe area...the kitchen or the laundry room. We got Mona when she was 1 1/2 years old so I can't help you with when to stop crating a puppy. Try, though, to think of the crate as a safe place for them. It will keep him safe from getting into something that could hurt him. Please don't take this the wrong way, as I catch myself doing it, too. Sometimes we put our project our feelings on these guys. Its all about keeping him safe. As for the barking...does he have a few safe toys in his crate? Maybe leave a radio or tv on for him so he doesn't feel alone..??
    Eddie: Patsy hasn't eaten since 1974.
    Patsy: A crisp, darling. A crisp.
    -Absolutely Fabulous-

  6. #6
    The Stripe Wearing, Broom Wielding, Voodoo Priestess Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    dalmatina38's Avatar
    Real Name
    Therese Hamilton
    Location
    Sierra Vista Arizona
    Posts
    1,160
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Amber and Ruby
    Likes (Received)
    190

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Freedom......its another word for.....ripping your house apart Amber has been free on and off since she was about 7 months old. We give her freedom until she......destroys something and then we crate her for a short time and let her back out until she goes back into her next destruction mode. We have lost curtains, cushions, shower curtains, window ledges, dining room chairs needed to be replaced, she is an extreme chewer. Ruby is still young and has not been left to roam free. Not sure what the two of them together would destroy but chances are I wouldn't be happy. Bottom line: no matter how long and good they are at being left to roam, there is always the chance they will one day (and they will) lose their absolute mind, get board and destroy something. It is thrilling for them, playtime so to speak. Good luck but just know, no matter how good they are doing they will get something at some point in time. Its all part of being owned by a bully.....or two.....or three.....or Good stuff!! Keeps life exciting!!

  7. #7
    Skinny-Dippin' Smokin' Tidy Bowl Bionic Woman Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    brutus77's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rosalie
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Long Island NY
    Posts
    6,959
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Brutus, Frankie, and Jack
    Likes (Received)
    2790

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    I'm not worried about messing in the house. Brutus has been potty trained since he was about 2-3mos old. Unless you think too much freedom will regress him. I'm more worried about him chewing.

  8. #8
    The New Casper Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Need help with the forums?  Contact me!
    Marine91's Avatar
    Real Name
    Todd
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Blips and Chitz
    Posts
    8,479
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Harlea
    Trophies
    Likes (Received)
    2584

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Knowing what kind of destructive chewers bullies can be.... I would take it slow and only do it for short periods to start out. When we are in the house Harlea has free roam to go anywhere she wants to. Most of the time she plays in the living room or goes to her crate for a nap. As she is still a baby we don't dare leave her alone outside of her crate yet, but in time she will have more freedom, but only time will tell if she ever gets to roam free when we are gone for an extended period during the day. The kitchen is not an option for us as we have already caught her trying to eat our new cabinets from our recent remodel.

  9. #9
    Dog Show Judge Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    Lisabear123's Avatar
    Real Name
    Lisa
    Country
    United States
    Location
    Gainesville, Ga
    Posts
    2,454
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Brie
    Likes (Received)
    0

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    I'm not worried about messing in the house. Brutus has been potty trained since he was about 2-3mos old. Unless you think too much freedom will regress him. I'm more worried about him chewing.
    Maybe block off an area of the house, that you can try to Brutus safe..lol.. n give him some chew stuff he can chew to help keep him busy? Problem is, if they like to chew, they will chew I anything chewable..walls, corners etc. so you really have to make sure he is in an area you feel ok with. We have a pen we set up in the living too for Brie when we dont want to crate her. We give her toys n chewy stuff to play w. Freedom is def not an option for her right now..lol

  10. #10
    Bulldog Walker Starkie's Avatar
    Real Name
    Simon
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    290
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Walley-Bubba aka Wooley Bulley aka Walter! aka Landi!!
    Likes (Received)
    35

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    ^^^
    LOL, yeah I gotta patch/paint that corner in the kitchen that WB chewed...you should see the puppy gate, it's all chewed up too but tie wraps and a piece of angle-aliminium is holding it for now...

  11. #11
    .................
    Real Name
    Becky
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    14,938
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Jake
    Likes (Received)
    4

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Jake quit getting crated at 7 months. He had run of the house. HAD being the hint! His area is limited to the living room and kitchen and dining room. And I have to do a Jake sweep before I go. I use a combination of doggie gates..I have cats, so they need access where jake can't go! He mostly lounges now..but even now..he will eat some poor innocent object..if I miss it.

  12. #12
    Rescue Volunteer Become a 4 Paw Member
    I Have Earned Community Veteran Status!
    DudleysMom's Avatar
    Real Name
    Kathleen
    Country
    USA
    Location
    Pennsauken, NJ
    Posts
    1,548
    Bulldog(s) Names
    Dudley, 12/26/2010-2/8/16; currently I have Kia, 7 yo femaie
    Likes (Received)
    63

    Default Re: When is freedom allowed?

    Isn't it awful...I'm not sure how old Dudley was -- maybe a year or 18 months old. The issue with him was not potty-related -- he's really been accident free since he was about 12 weeks old...it was all about chewing -- the walls, the dining room table legs, the front of the breakfront, the piano... -- you get the picture. And it's not like he didn't have 20 or 30 chew toys! Now (he's 2 1/2) he chews on his toys and not the rest of the house. You have to make sure the chewing is somewhat under control -- and their jaws move and grow until they are 18 months-2 years old or so.

    Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them...
    Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have. -- Thom Jones

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Remove Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •