Senior dog owner/lovers, what is your opinion on this?

I’m thinking of getting rid of my dog’s crate. He is almost two years old and has been crate-trained since puppyhood. We quit locking it at night about a year ago, and now, though he goes into it at night willingly when I tell him it’s bedtime, he gradually has started to leave it at night when…

I think he’ll be just fine as long as you have taken the bedding out of the crate. Those crates are bulky
and do take up a lot of space. It sounds like your little darling has already told you he doesn’t need his crate anymore. Don’t throw the crate away because you never know when you’ll need it in the future.

Since he is already leaving the crate during the night and sleeping elsewhere, it doesn’t sound like he is “married” to the crate but could do without it. Don’t get rid of the crate, but try to have him do without it for, say, a week. You can always bring it back, but it seems like you won’t have a problem. At night point to his bedding, etc. and say whatever it is you say when he goes in the crate. I think he’ll soon understand he doesn’t have to be enclosed.

For a 2 year old he sounds like a very well-behaved dog. Some dogs are still puppylike at that age. My Jack Russell, at 7 years of age, is just starting to calm down – but that’s a JRT for you. He sleeps on my bed. Wasn’t invited, but once he got big enough to jump on the bed, that was it.

If possible, give us a progress report. Would like to know how he adapts. ♥

My Aunt breeds poodles and all her dogs willingly and happily go into their crates every night. They are quite used to the doors being locked. However my little Bichon hates the crate and when I first got her at 1 yr old I put her in it and she cried like crazy. I tried it again much later on and she peed all over herself and cried so much I had to get her out. I had to wipe her off because she was soaking wet and shaking. I promised her I would never put her in a cage again. So I pitched it out. Some dogs love em and other dogs hate em.

Hi Handy,
YGG makes a good point. When I had a dog, I didn’t have a crate. I believe your dog will do well. My dog never really got sick so there was no need to lock her in anyplace. Since you have placed the bedding and things out, your dog will do well. Animals adapt quickly to most situations, and since you haven’t really changed your general surroundings (your home) all is well.

Handi, one thought he may be too warm in his crate being summer is so hot this year. Do you have a shed to store it. You never know if a disaster could hit and you might need it for the dog or even the cat. Just a thought.

He may miss it, maybe not.

I have two, pretty large, both my dogs sleep in my bedroom but they have to be crated as the schizo Border Collie would attack the Pit Bull and end up dead. That is my only sad situation with my pets.

The pit is a wonderful dog, but it has been so long since she would roam the whole yard and have in and out access to the house, she would probably not let the cats be, she just doesn’t know they can’t be her plaything.

I would keep the crate just in case, but I would certainly do all I could to get the dog feeling free from the crate. I understand about needing space and I am sure, in time, your dog will accept his ‘new digs.’

Sounds like your puppy has grown up and doesn’t need a crate anymore.My dog has never been in a crate,she free ranges the house and back yard (dogie door to come and go) and no problems what so ever,like your dog, she won’t go in the bedroom if I’m not there ,she sleeps in the lounge.

We’re supposed to have a crate? I guess I’ve read that, but never actually used one except to take them on a trip to the vet as pups. “The Dog Whisperer” would have a fit and fall in it if he visited. The Min Pin also sleeps between us. Someone has to protect us from intruders and the cat.

See how he takes to not having that crate, it may be comforting to him but then again he may feel free without it. He seems to be a very well-behaved dog not to bother anything at night.

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