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Crated or uncrated?

Mandalay is still crated during the day when we are not there (@ 8.5 months). At night sometimes she is and sometimes she isnt. I try not to,but it depends on how much time I am able to get out with her right before bedtime (basically it depends on how the 4 mo goes to sleep that night). I have found that if Mandi is not tired enough she tries to get my 6yo to play during the night by dropping toys on her. While i think it is kinda funny that DD wakes up with a bedful of dog toys...she does not.

I know my Doberman stayed out of the crate after she was 6 months old, cuz she stayed out after she was spayed and that is when she was spayed. I dont remember when she stayed out during the day though.

Are your dogs crated when you are not there?

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

I have 2 that isn't if they are in the house and one that is all because i can't trust him yet he is almost two but he hasn't matured up in the brain yet..LOL too much stuff for him to get into, the other two is almost 5 and 4 so a little bit older

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

We tried to crate train Molly, our Jack Russell, too late. She was already a few years old when we started and that didn't go well. So, she has free reign of the middle floor where we have no carpet.

We started leaving Elmo out of his crate a few months ago. We went out one evening and both of us thought the other had locked Elmo's crate. Oops. But, we came back and everything was as we had left it. So, we've been leaving him loose also. Molly is happier now that her buddy is out with her while we're gone.
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Re: Crated or uncrated?

All 3 of mine are crated when nobody is home. 99% of the time, I am home. So we really have no issues besides getting into the trash every so often. When I am home and even at nite khee and chyanne are out and sleep where they want. The beagle stays in his crate at nite.

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

I don't remember how old my "seniors" were when I did away with the crates during the day and night, but my pup Koda (5 months now) has been out of the crate at night for about a month (I really expected to be woken at night to him wanting to play with the other two but he didn't make a peep all night and waited for me to get up first!) and now I can leave him for short periods of time during the day without being in the crate. Last night we left him out for about 3 1/2 hours when we went bowling and he hadn't done a thing wrong! I will continue to leave him out for short periods and gradually extend the time out of the crate. He's doing really well so far.

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

Jesse has been a great puppy and calm and cool since he was 8 weeks old, he wasn't crated at night after 10 weeks and has been sleeping with us. He was only crated if we were not home up to 6 months of age but I was home a lot so he didn't spend that much time in crate, he hasn't done anything wrong in our house in all the time we have had him, he knows to chew his toys only. He is free home alone but usually not for more than 3 hours at a time.

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

Ivy is not crated.
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Re: Crated or uncrated?

Both of my dogs use their crates only when they know it's my bed time. I never close the doors. I crated Inga when I left the house until she was about 1 year old and a few days after trying not to crate her and throwing caution to the wind, I came home to a totally destroyed down comforter and pillows, so it was back in the crate until finally at around 20 months I chanced it again and I have not had another problem. My Bull Terrier is so mellow, I think he can't wait until I leave the house so he can sleep in the same spot till I return. I have never "had" to crate him in order for him to behave. Two different personalities. I think it depends on the dog.

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Re: Crated or uncrated?

Around 9 mos or so, Kodee started sleeping in my room uncrated at night (bedroom door shut). Not long after that, I started leaving him uncrated in the kitchen for short periods of time when I ran errands. He never bothered anything, so it wasn't long before I started leaving him uncrated, even if we're gone all day. I put the crate away, and we have a nice baby gate in the kitchen doorway, just for Kodee. It's not too inconvenient, since it's the type of gate that swings open (you don't have to step over it). I probably eventually will let him have the run of the house while we're gone, as he's very well behaved, usually. However, at 14 mos, he still can be tempted into evil-doing, if he can find something that he thinks would be fun to chew...LOL
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Re: Crated or uncrated?

Neither of mine are crated. And at night they both sleep in my bed, so I have never used the crate. Riddick has never in his life been crated, Rogue I tried to crate in the beginning but she would howl so loud even if I slept in front of the crate. So that didn't work. They are both great in the house when I am gone so need for a crate with us.

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