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Old 02-14-2020, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Crating for adult dog

Hi everyone! So I rescued a pitbull exactly a week ago today Her name is Ruffles, and she's 5 years old. I volunteer regularly at a local shelter, and poor Ruffles was at our since before Christmas and ended up getting adopted twice and then returned So I adopted her because she just really deserved a stable and loving environment after so much uncertainty and stress.

Ruffles has adapted beautifully so far. She is very, very mellow and laid back. She ignores my cat, seems to be reliably house trained, knows a few basic commands, and has responded pretty well to crate training. I am so thankful for how well she has adjusted and know that I am incredibly luck. She just happened to come to me a fantastic dog!

Anyway, as far as crate training goes, she is very easily coaxed in with high value treats and doesn't make a fuss when I lock her in. Near the beginning of the week, she even showed signs of wanting to go in and relax there on her own. I've been locking her in overnight as well just to reinforce that it's a safe and happy place, and she sleeps wonderfully through the night. I've noticed though that after having several long stretches of being crated during my work week, she seems more hesitant to go in. She seems to be avoiding her crate area, especially in the morning when I need to crate her to go to work after she's been crated all night.

So I guess what I'm wondering is, would it bad to stop crating her at night? I don't mind having her in my bed, and I think she would sleep through the night with no issues. Her crate is right next to my bed too, so she could choose to go in there as well. I've heard mixed advice from other dog owners. Some say that I should keep crating her at night to reinforce the comfort and enjoyment of her crate, and that if I stop crating at night before she is good with going easily on her own, it may make it harder to crate during the day. Others have said it shouldn't be an issue to let her sleep in the bed at night. I just want to try to eliminate some crate time when possible so she doesn't have to spend too much time in there, but I don't want to stop using the crate responsibility since we've had so much success and habits take some time and patience to form.

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Old 02-14-2020, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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If you thinks she'll do well sleeping with you then give it a shot. If she starts to develop any behavioral issues then back to crating at night. Do you treat her every time she goes into her crate? If you don't, you should try that. My girl is excited to go in her crate before work, she gets a treat.
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I do treat her every time she goes in, weather I coax her in with treats first or she goes in on her own. I'm just feeling like she might be in there too long. I crate her around 6am before I go to work, my roommate lets her out of the crate and gives her an hour break around 9:30-10:30, then she goes back in the crate until I get home around 4. Sometimes I have to crate her a bit in the evening too depending on if I have to run out and do something for a few hours.
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First, welcome to the forum permanentrose, glad you found us.

You could try putting her in her crate at night and leave the door open and see if she shows any interest in coming out or just wants to stay in. Maybe close the bedroom door till you see what she does. I'm sure if she want to sleep on your bed she'll let you know.

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Do what works for your household. I like the keeping the crate available but open at night idea. Mine would definitely choose the bed over his crate but he loves his crate. I feed meals in crates and so both my dogs have a really positive association with their crates and are desperate to go in before I leave for work. They are a pair of food crazy dogs, though. Certainly having some form of crating as part of life is handy, especially if you travel with the dog ever. It is very peaceful for us to visit family or stay in an air b n b or similar place due to the crate training.
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Old 02-21-2020, 01:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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As long as the dog is getting proper exercise and attention while out of the crate, time in doesn't really matter.
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Old 04-12-2020, 01:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
 
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I personally don't allow my dog in my bed, he has his own and chooses to sleep there. He goes in his crate while we're at work and has free reign any other time.
Is she sleeping in her crate at night cuz she gets into things?

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