I can detect some of you got offended. Sorry, not my intention.
My other pup is also a chewer and can't have free roam of the house like the other. When he was just a small pup he had his crate and X-pen around it. He stil can't be trusted, so when we're not home he stays in one room, where there's nothing he can hurt himself on and his toys are there, water and bones to chew on.
Until I got Dudley, I felt the same way you do. But, I had to work and I was terrified something would happen to him...so he started in his crate when I got him at 8 weeks old! He was SO easy to potty train -- He hasn't had an accident since he was 12 weeks old (except once when he had a little tummy issue) -- he's 2 1/2 now. Now that I work at home, he has free roam, but where do I find him when I leave my upstairs office and come down? Yep, asleep in his crate! I leave the door open, his bed and blankie are in there...it's his spot. I don't crate him at night any more, but honestly...he often goes in there. In fact, where is he right now? Asleep in his crate!
Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them...
Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have. -- Thom Jones
Amy may earn freedom if she continues the way she is now. She shows very little indication of being a bad chewer. But she's only 5 months old, so the jury is still out. For now for her own safety she has her crate.
You may have some resistance from Maggie at first, but she will, like David said, get to the point that it is her "haven" and everyone will be happier.
I just LOVE your little bully area w/all your pictures... SO cute
I have crate trained all of my dogs, it's the best thing for their safety & your piece of mind!!! If we are gone for the day (and they are locked up!) we will take them for a walk, or play w/them outside to really wear them out... I have found that my doggies are less destructive when I exercise them on a regular basis. And let's face it, w/Bullies that may only be 15 minutes LOL Winston seems to like socks & shoes, luckily he hasn't swallowed anything yet... we try to keep all that stuff away from him! Good luck...
Last edited by ddnene; 08-03-2013 at 10:58 AM.
Thanks for the advice everyone! I don't feel so awful now.
I agree w the others as well. Dogs are den animals. They like to sleep and rest in den-like areas. it is an instinct of theirs. which is why you will see a dog sleeping under things like chairs, tables etc, When used the right way, a crate becomes a den for a dog. Obviously crating 24/7 is not correct either, but it doesn't sound like that is what you are wanting to do. I would def get a doggie bed but something durable if your bully likes to chew. We use the kong bedding. We crate trained Brie w potty training so she is used to going in for a few hours at a time for a nap. I do let her sleep in bed w me tho so crating her when I go out doesn't bother me. The other thing you can look into is a play pen. You can set it up in a room n give her a few durable toys, a bed even if you wanted and water - I'm assuming she is potty trained? How many hours at once are you talking about? If you do go w the crate, there are very simple steps you can take to make the crate feel like a good place to her.