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.