Originally Posted by KZoppa
Crating him at night and while you are working won't kill him or ruin his personality. He's 6 months old. My guy is 6 months old and still sleeps downstairs in his crate because he can't stay still upstairs in his crate yet. He spends the night in the crate and roughly 4-9 hours in his crate during the day depending on our schedule. I'm a stay at home mom but I'm kept pretty busy out of the house with various appointments and errands. Neither of my dogs have suffered for it.
Exercise physically helps but exercise mentally must also be in there. A dog is going to get worn out mentally and able to settle better far more than being worn out physically. Same goes for people. You have trouble sleeping because you can't turn your mind off to do it. You're physically worn out but if your mind is just going and going, you're not likely to get much sleep.
Lots of short training sessions throughout the day you're with him as well as physical exercise and crate him at night should help him learn to settle down more easily at bedtime.
And crate time is broken up during the day for potty breaks. its rare I'm gone the entire day.
Agreed! I am also home all day, but my dogs get regular crate time, during the day and they are both in their crates at night. The corgi is probably old enough to sleep outside his crate (17 months), but I still don't totally trust him. It's important that my dogs are calm when they are in their crates. They have to travel in the car in crates, wait in crates during training, etc....I think sometimes we put ourselves in our dogs "paws" and think "well I wouldn't like a crate." Well, of course not, you're a human. But dogs are naturally den animals, feel safe in their "rooms" and (imo) require it. I've read, and been told, that a lot of dogs can't handle the freedom of not having a crate/den. It's overwhelming and they displace that anxiety into chewing/eating/digging, etc....your dog will be fine in his crate. As long as mental and physical energy is used during the day, the crate will be a welcome haven at night and periodically throughout the day. My corgi goes in on his own now to sleep with the door open....all of my dogs have always gotten to that point. :-)