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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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How long should a dog be given 'the run of the house' or how long should they be crated


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 03:32 PM
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Dogs should ONLY be crated when you cannot supervise them.

NEVER use the crate for punishment.I crate train my foster dogs and I put them in there if I have to go out or sometimes if I have to get a shower or something and cannot keep my eye on them.I would not keep a dog crated for too long.A few hours is fine.Even when I am there though,I leave the crate door open and they can go in and out as they please.Most dogs see the crate as a safe haven or "den".

If your dog is well behaved and you trust him/her in the house unsupervised,then thats great and you don't need a crate.I find crate training is a good thing,because it is safe for the dog.Sometimes dogs will chew wires or eat something they shouldn't and do harm.Crating them with a toy or a chew is good.




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I never let winston have full run of the house. He only has the up-stairs and the downstairs is blocked off by a baby gate since he still has accidents and really loves to eat the kitties cat food all the time. The only time he gets crated is if he has done something the following day and we need to go out(we usually just put him in the crate if we need to go to the store for a few hours) The only time i have seen a dog crated for a long time is when my family just had a serious issue last week and my brother and his wifes 6 month old puppy was crated for a probably 5-6 hours(though as soon as we got to their house we let him out and he was completely fine-I know it sounds bad but my 3 year old niece got serious 1st and 2nd degree burns on her hand and her mom was at work, me and my fiance andrew were at my parents looking after my sleeping nephew(we dont drive or else we would have driven over to their house sooner and my brother and my mom had taken my niece into the walk-in-clinic at 9:00pm at night) but i agree dont use a kennel for punishment.
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My old lady Jellybeans has the run of the house. She knows what she should and should not be doing after 13 years. My puppy Noah, is very different. He outgrew the crate long ago and will get very curious/bored if he stays inside too long without supervision or someone to play with. He does fine with a few hours during the day but he never wants to be in the house the whole night while we are sleeping. He loves cold weather we are having in Texas.

I'm getting more comfortable with getting Noah a dog door. I would hate to come home to my living room in the backyard.


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I agree with Lisa, dogs should only be crated when you cant supervise them. My dogs apparently forget what they should and shoudnt do when im not home
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My dog has always been fine, and she hates crates. We actually never put her in a crate, even when we're going somewhere she sits in the trunk. I think its an immense part of training that your dog understands what he can and cannot do, and that there is no wavering of that boundary line.

But yes, the potty thing is huge, with younger and older dogs. In that instance, if your dog is comfortable with crates, maybe that would be a good thing (or as someone said, containing them to a kitchen or space)
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-26-2010, 02:47 AM
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Pet gates and barriers will do the thing to keep the dogs away from restricted area. Although there are some electronic devices called indoor fence that are wireless, they're just too good. But still supervision is the best.

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