pup has never been a massive fan of the crate. He sleeps overnight in the kitchen under the worktop in his dogbed. No puddles or poos in morning. He will pop himself in his bed if he wants a snooze in the day. He never voluntarily goes in his crate even when his dog bed was in there. I have popped out twice in last two days. for 30 mins max to collect dd and left him in kitchen but not in crate ( which is in living room), with no problem. Is it worth persevering with crate? I have been putting him inthere when I go out for longer, shopping etc. and he doesn't fuss but is there any point?
We have a super lovely covered crate in the kitchen. For whatever reason, our one year old GSP didn't like it. He would get upset in the crate but not cuddled up elsewhere so we let him be. In my limited experience, it seems like different dogs like different things. Not been a problem for us to listen to our dog - we just have to be vigilant about what we leave out as he is an amazing counter surfer.
My pup is almost 7 months, we ditched the crate at 5 months. Was good when she was little, when cooking etc just to keep her out of harms way for the odd half hour, and also to give some respite to our older dog.
But, she prefers to sleep on the sofa and always chose that over the crate by about 5 months old..when younger she would willingly go in it for naps, then she started to dislike it.
I never had intentions of the crate being there always, I borrowed it short term but as lots of people have said on this thread, why crate a dog who has a nice bed elsewhere and is well behaved?
Just make sure you leave plenty of hide chews, stuffed kong, ball etc when you go out. You can freeze the kong overnight to give a 'power emptier' more time on it.
Yes, I can see them! He's really, really sweet. I'm very taken with a Labrador cross on a rescue website. She's 3-4 years old, supposedly calm, sweet and gentle. I'm going to launch a full assault on stubborn OH when he gets home from abroad tonight. Have already emailed him photos. It's one of those times, I wish I didn't have to take other people into consideration. If it was just me, I would have already done the deed!