Shy used to be crated - only for few weeks -she loved it and often went into her crate for her nap times - i only stopped crating her when i was fostering a dog that chew everything (she managed to break the crate and start on my coffee table too ) since then i haven't bother to buy another crate as Shy was sleeping with us now i bought a dog gate so when we are out dogs are in the kitchen -with plenty of toys and kongs to keep them occupied .
I second everyone here it is not cruel to crate your dog (if she or he is not locked in it for most of the day ;-)
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I take Maggie with me as much as I can when I go out. She goes with me on coffee runs, to the laundromat, to my studio, etc.... But I work about 3 or 4 long shifts a week (9 hours) and I hate leaving her alone but i gotta bring home the dog food. My boyfriend is usually home before I am so she's not alone the whole time. I wouldn't put her up at night cause she's usually sleeping with me. Yeah I feel bad but I gotta do it. She's not super active. We walk once a day but her favorite thing is to sleep. So I guess she doesn't hate me too much. Thanks for all the encouraging words.
P.s. the crate is metal and pretty big. So she will have plenty of room.
Hello! As I can read, you have gotten good advice. Just thought I'd add my 2 cents! I have had many pups in my lifetime. I have always crate-trained. Some were grown dog rescues, who had such anxiety in the beginning, they had to be crated(when I wasn't there to watch them) as they would also swallow anything they got near.I had a large dog, who had been abused and he was a nervous wreck. He was crated when I left the house. After a month-he settled in, never chewed anything again-but always loved his crate.He had been passed around from home to home-no one ever gave him a chance to settle. He turned out to be a wonderful dog! NEVER use the crate as punishment(always was my theory) and I give them a couple of treats, when they go in(when I am leaving the house) It IS the safest thing you can do for your pup, when you have to leave! You will have to judge your own pup, to know if bedding can be put in-or if IT will be torn and swallowed.
I just want to add words of support for crating: they are anything but cruel! Are you upset by sleeping in your comfy bedroom? Nope! And neither is a bully when they settle into a place they think of as safe, comfortable, and a place of relaxation. I have crated all three of my bullies and would do so for all future dogs without hesitation. Not only that, when they have to be crated in a vet situation, it will not cause them a lot of stress because they are used to being comfortable in crate!
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Picture is worth a 1,000 Words, The door is wide open, and this is Rocky inside his crate. Rambo does the same thing with his crate during the day. They both use their crates much like Linus did his blanket, it's a security thing for them. Now you must be asking, is this something you have to start in puppyhood. Answer, Rocky was 9 months old when I got him, he had never seen a crate before, and you see him in his crate with the door open, by the way he's 16 months now. The secret I used, was to allow him to explore it on his own for a few days, then using it to crate him a few hours while I ran errands, then I worked him into it for his own security. Both of my boys are very well behaved, with one exception, when I have company, they get so excited, they team up on who ever comes in, So I ask friends to call before arriving so that I may crate them both before they come in, after settling down, I can then uncrate them and allow them roam again. Hope this answers your question with a picture statement.