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    Default Re: Thinking about crating.. Is it cruel?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Marine91 View Post
    All other times the door is open and she will go in it from time to time during the day on her own to play or take a nap. Harlea is the first one we have ever crate trained because I thought it was cruel as well and if I had known then what I know now I would have crate trained all of the dogs I have ever had.
    Me too. Bea was my first "crate train". I feel like an idiot for not doing it sooner. They LOVE their crates!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine91 View Post
    All other times the door is open and she will go in it from time to time during the day on her own to play or take a nap. Harlea is the first one we have ever crate trained because I thought it was cruel as well and if I had known then what I know now I would have crate trained all of the dogs I have ever had.
    Me too. Bea was my first "crate train". I feel like an idiot for not doing it sooner. They LOVE their crates!
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    Default Re: Thinking about crating.. Is it cruel?!

    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    I totally agree with David. You can also buy a really nice bed for like $30 at walmart that is 6" thick of memory foam for their extra comfort. (Might want to make sure your bully can handle bedding first before splurging on something nicer though)

    I think it's crueler to let them roam free knowing all the dangers.

    Read all the threads about crate training.

    Remi (our bully) just walks right into his crate at bed time. I can tell he's like, "Okay. Let's go. I'm tired."
    Agree, agree. When your home let them roam, but when your away crating is way safer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidh View Post
    It is not cruel and once they get used to it they actually like them. It's their little home. Ours will even go in their crates sometimes on their own when they want some peace and quiet. We crate ours when we are not home. It is actually safer for them to be crated. It keeps them from getting into things they should not and even keeps them from chewing an electrical card. The wire crates are better for bullies, as they have better air circulation then the plastic crates so they will not get hot in them.
    David said everything I would have. Amelia is crated when we aren't home, when she needs a time out, and at night. HRH doesn't need to be, but she was 3 1/2 when we got her and has perfect house manners. She would have been crated if it was necessary.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    Me too. Bea was my first "crate train". I feel like an idiot for not doing it sooner. They LOVE their crates!
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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    Me too. Bea was my first "crate train". I feel like an idiot for not doing it sooner. They LOVE their crates!
    I love the setup you have.
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    Default Re: Thinking about crating.. Is it cruel?!

    Thanks for the advice everyone! I don't feel so awful now.

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    Default Re: Thinking about crating.. Is it cruel?!

    Quote Originally Posted by RiiSi View Post
    In my opinion if she ends up spending more time in the crate than out of it its cruel. If you crate her for the night...8 hours...crate her for the day when you're at work or at school...another 8 hours or more...then on some days when you go out with friends, even more...
    Dogs and bullys get use to lot of things, they even get use to spending all their time in the crate and don't even want to come out.
    NO offense here. I agree with you 100%. Crating is NOT just a tool for lazy humans!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisabear123 View Post
    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.
    Do you like the Kong bed? Winston has chewed up 2 beds now, but only if they are in the crate w/him. I have dog beds that are around the house, and he doesn't destroy them...

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