When you say "infringe on my ____'s freedom" it sounds like you are talking about a person. Dogs don't have rights. They are pets. I love my dog with all my heart but he is definitely not included in the constitution. I would choose a human life over 20 dog's lives any day. And I'm known as the "crazy dog girl" at my apartment.....
I guess it depends on people's different experiences though. I'm very social and with my job I meet 50-200 new people every night I work. I see the joy in life every day. Some people on this board interact with the same people every day, year after year or are retired and interact with their dogs more than humans. I know that dog's can feel enjoyment/happiness, but human life to me is very valuable and I would never risk a human life for a dog. I guess this is why I support cops or citizens that shoot dogs coming at them, regardless if it is the right or wrong house and regardless if the owner says "Oh he is harmless". My cousin that works with animal control gets bit by dogs a minimum of 3-4 times a year, whose owners say "He is friendly". I would not risk having my leg ripped to pieces and have to have surgery after surgery to try and run from or catch a dog rather than shooting it. (Luckily AC normally wears special pants that are harder to get bit through)
Best of luck to you. Good for standing up for what you believe in and not crating your dogs. Everyone must stand up for something or what is the point to life?
I never knew so many people hated crating their dogs before this thread
Every time I put my heels on for work, Rocky RUNS to his kennel and is laying down on all his pillows by the time I'm done getting ready
I usually pretend to lock the crate door if I'm only gone an hour or two and when I get back, I will slowly unlock the door and make a lot of noise. Rocky will be in his crate when I get in .... but when I walk in my bed room there is an impression of him on the pillow and it is warm
He sure is sneaky! lol
It really depends on the individual. I don't like to crate dogs for lots of hours at a time. Sorry. I build kennels where they will be safe and can move comfortably, relieve themselves, change position, see the other critters, get fresh air, jump up onto their house or shelter, run around, get a drink of water. It is like leaving them in a large room, rather than leaving them in a cage that is slightly larger than they are.
Some of us have to, on occasion be gone for 9, 10, 14, or even 18 hours. No dog should have to spend that kind of time in a crate day after day after day. That is just my opinion. If that is how you have to keep a puppy safe while he is not ready for the run of the house, well, at least there is a plan to give the dog more freedom.
And, I have heard of shootings where the people were in the house asleep, and cops busted in, and shot the dog, so now to keep your dog safe, you better crate that dog all night too.
At some point, you should probably go out and get a stuffed GSD, and put it in the crate, because if you are determined to keep your dog safe, well it will have to live 24/7 in its crate.
I couldn't do that to a dog. I would rather take my chances with the cops shooting the dog. The odds are still way in your favor that that will never happen.