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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
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Crate Question: Bedroom, or No Bedroom?

What are your personal views on where your pups crate should be? Does it help with bonding? Training? Trust? Or create problems?

I just moved from WA to CA, stayed in a hotel for a month, rehomed one of our dogs, found a new apt, moved in my mother, and now my fiance is working local instead of flying all over the west coast for work.

Now that my GSD is the only dog, he's gotten quite testy and cocky. All of a sudden he's super demanding, seeking loads of attention, and we lost all focus in our splintered training sessions so I have to start my program all over again.


So, any thoughts on where his crate should be? The kitchen is in the back of the house and has a perfect sized nook just for him. Or inside my bedroom by my bed. Which one and why?


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I think for starters the bedroom is best because you can better hear the pup when you ned to get up in the middle of the night. For long term, it is up to you. I get kind of snuffly with dogs in the bedroom and my crate is in another room for adult Beau. When he was an older puppy, it was in my home office where I spent most of my time during the day.

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I agree with Nancy with starting with crating in the bedroom.

I think all the changes going on in your dog's life is causing your dog to act out due to stress. You are spot with your decision to start training from the beginning again.

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I have always crated in my bedroom. It makes me feel more safe having them in there with me and I can also keep an eye on them.

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Changes in life can really cause changes in our dogs. So adding some structure and prioritizing the dog is a huge help.

Are there any classes in your area you can join up? Fun for you and the dog and help gets the bond back in a good way.


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bedroom is fine.
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I have always crated in my bedroom. It makes me feel more safe having them in there with me and I can also keep an eye on them.
I crate Hondo in my bedroom at night because if I don't he'll stand by my head when I'm sleeping and stare/pant right into my face until I wake up. I feel like he is plotting my demise while I sleep. He always wakes me up and I have a mini stroke waking up to a big hairy face inches from mine.

Now he waits till I'm sound asleep, sits up in his crate then slowly let his front feet slide back down. It sounds like Freddy Krueger scratching on the window.

Yea, it's always the quiet type you have to worry about.

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I crate Hondo in my bedroom at night because if I don't he'll stand by my head when I'm sleeping and stare/pant right into my face until I wake up. I feel like he is plotting my demise while I sleep. He always wakes me up and I have a mini stroke waking up to a big hairy face inches from mine.

Now he waits till I'm sound asleep, sits up in his crate then slowly let his front feet slide back down. It sounds like Freddy Krueger scratching on the window.

Yea, it's always the quiet type you have to worry about.
Lol! I can see and hear this!

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It really depends. I know when I bring PUPS home, they sleep in their crate downstairs because we want them to learn they're fine being away from us early on. Also because my husband has to be awake early and he's cranky without enough sleep so pups downstairs helps him sleep. However, after a point, the pup is moved to a crate in our room at night. I think with all the changes in your life, its really up to you. It might help your dog calm down and relax if he's crated in your room with you at night but at the same time, it might also give him a reminder that you make the rules, you've got everything covered, etc if he sleeps in the nook for a while. You know your dog so it's really what you think would work best to get back on track.

All else fails, try one for a little while and if that doesn't work, change it.


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We've always started pups out in the kitchen area. I can hear them better for those nighttime potty runs, it's close to the back door, and it was easier to clean if they had an accident or made a mess. Once they were comfortable in the house, on our schedule, and crate trained comfortably... the crate goes into the dogs' room and they join the others at night. We have a spare room next to ours that we have the crates in and all the dog stuff.

I've never seen any difference in them from dogs that were crated in the bedroom as a pup. I guess it's just a matter of preference.

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