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Old 08-04-2014, 02:30 AM
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Hello Everyone!

We recently adopted a rescue dog who is the sweetest, most non-destructive dog I've ever known! The new addition to our family is a two-year-old mix and he is completely house trained. He doesn't chew on anything in the house other than his toys and the occasional pen. My question is, why are we crating him??
He is very well-behaved!

The fosters we adopted him from advised us to crate him until he "earns his freedom" of the house. They said we would know by his behavior when he no longer needs to stay in the crate. However, they had him for three months and crated him while they were at work and at night. We have had him a month, and I have experimented with leaving him alone in the house (outside of his crate), and everything is always as we left it. We of course ensure that nothing harmful is in reach, and all shoes, electronics, etc are put away. The longest he's been out alone is two hours. When we are gone to work we crate him as well as at night (this was advised by the rescue group), but it feels wrong and needless because he is not destructive, he has never peed or pooed in the house, and I feel awful putting him in there for hours and hours.

We are new dog owners and we regard him as a member of our family. I just can't see how this is a good practice. It seems more for the convenience of humans than for the benefit of the dog. Does anyone have an opinion/advice regarding why this practice is advised for a dog his age and with his docile, easy-going temperament? We are currently going on the advice of the fosters, but something about crating him for 8 hours per day AND at night feels very wrong.
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Hi Mymintbox,Welcome to the DF,I'm sure you will get a lot of help and support on here.Most dogs quite enjoy quiet times in their crate.I have always had mine crate trained,just leave it open during the day and they often go in with a kong,bone etc.Eight hours is a long time to leave a dog,crated or not,and if possible is somebody able to go home at lunchtime?We never use the crate as punishment,as it is a place of security and calm.Good Luck with your new addition,he sounds great!
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Hi & welcome
I have never used a crate, so can't give advice there, but I have had a couple of rescues. Betsy, our rescue Springer, came to us just over 2 years ago, I didn't crate her, she wasn't when she was with her foster carer. I decided from day one to give her freedom of the house (with 2 cats it's difficult to keep doors shut ) her temperament had been assessed over the weeks she was with her foster carer, so I was guided by that. I suppose only you can decide if you feel confident & happy to leave him uncrated. He sounds like he would be fine to be left & you obviously have made sure temptation is out of his way as best you can. Maybe for now leave his crate open so if he chooses to go in there for security then he can.
Congratulations on your new family member, he sounds wonderful
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Hello Everyone!

We recently adopted a rescue dog who is the sweetest, most non-destructive dog I've ever known! The new addition to our family is a two-year-old mix and he is completely house trained. He doesn't chew on anything in the house other than his toys and the occasional pen. My question is, why are we crating him??
He is very well-behaved!

The fosters we adopted him from advised us to crate him until he "earns his freedom" of the house. They said we would know by his behavior when he no longer needs to stay in the crate. However, they had him for three months and crated him while they were at work and at night. We have had him a month, and I have experimented with leaving him alone in the house (outside of his crate), and everything is always as we left it. We of course ensure that nothing harmful is in reach, and all shoes, electronics, etc are put away. The longest he's been out alone is two hours. When we are gone to work we crate him as well as at night (this was advised by the rescue group), but it feels wrong and needless because he is not destructive, he has never peed or pooed in the house, and I feel awful putting him in there for hours and hours.

We are new dog owners and we regard him as a member of our family. I just can't see how this is a good practice. It seems more for the convenience of humans than for the benefit of the dog. Does anyone have an opinion/advice regarding why this practice is advised for a dog his age and with his docile, easy-going temperament? We are currently going on the advice of the fosters, but something about crating him for 8 hours per day AND at night feels very wrong.
From what you say here, you have already let this dog "earn his freedom," and why not let him out of the crate more often? However, he is a foster, and may well feel more secure in the crate, so at least leave it around and leave the door open. He may surprise you as he adjusts to his freedom, but it sounds like he'll do fine. Lucky you!
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If he doesnt get into any trouble, then no reason to crate if that is what you are comfortable with. Be warned as he gets comfortable he may start finding "fun" to get into when you are gone... But then again, maybe not! Every dog is different. When I got 6 year old rescue dog years ago, I crated her for a month or 2, then left the latch open by mistake one day... She slept on the couch all day I think, and did from that day forward.

I crate my dog at night - she LOVES to stretch out in her cozy crate and sleep. She was also crated during the day 8-12, 1-5 Mon-Fri until she was about a year old. Now she stays in "her bedroom" (where the crate is) during this time instead of crated. But we have 3 cats who she isn't trusted with.

Sounds like you found yourself a great pooch!
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