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post #1 of 14
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Ok, It is something that has bothered me for a while since both of my sisters have gotten dogs....I don't know what everyone's take on this would be and some of you may do this, but to me it seems strange and odd to me.....both of my sisters have small dogs...one is a poodle and schitzu mix, and the other one is a deeshon(not sure of the spelling) but she is small and so sweet..anyway...at night time, they put them in kennels for the whole night!...I have asked why they keep them in a small place for a whole night and why do you get a dog if you aren't going to treat it like family?? it is disturbing to me..maybe it is normal and some people do it, but I know if I ever do get a dog I would never put it in a kennel for the night...
post #2 of 14
A kennel as in outside, or a crate, as in a enclosed dog crate bed? Our puppy sleeps in his cage all night, it is a very large cage with room for him to run around in. We do this for two reasons, as he grows this will be his bed- with the cage door opened, and also as a puppy they chew. If we left him to run around the bedroom at night he would chew everything. Many people crate train their dogs. We do take vader out during the night outside to do his business.
post #3 of 14
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These are indoor crates that are not very big at all...they can't rund around or anything in them..this is why I think it is very weird but like I said,,its just my opinion and I have never owned a dog and don't know if this is normal or not.
post #4 of 14
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oh, and they are about a year old now, both of them...but they are small dogs though...
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by hissy
A kennel as in outside, or a crate, as in a enclosed dog crate bed? Our puppy sleeps in his cage all night, it is a very large cage with room for him to run around in. We do this for two reasons, as he grows this will be his bed- with the cage door opened, and also as a puppy they chew. If we left him to run around the bedroom at night he would chew everything. Many people crate train their dogs. We do take vader out during the night outside to do his business.

I agree....

My mom and dad do the same thing with their dog. Also another reason they do that is because she would poop all over the house if given the chance. They keep her in a large crate bed (she is a tea cup chihuaha) with plenty of room for her little nest bed that she loves and also a puppy pad where she can pee or poo. They have tried leaving her out at night with a puppy pad out but she just loves to poo on the carpet when given the chance.
post #6 of 14
Many people use a crate to train the dog when it is young. To the dog, the crate is their special place, and not at all punishment. Most dogs who are crated at night as puppies will prefer to sleep in their crate.

My dog is not crated at night, but she sleeps in the same spot on the floor every night. It varies a little with the seasons, choosing the warmer spot in winter and the cooler spot in summer. She usually chooses near the bottom left corner of my bed, which is where she was tied at night when younger! She even kept the same spot after we moved, and when we rearranged the bedroom furniture!

I have a friend who crates 2 dogs all day while she is at work. Started out crating her cat, too! But Pastel (the kitty) now has free run. I'm not sure if the dogs are crated at night or not, but for all the time they spend in the crates, they are happy to go in when it is time.

Cats are cleaner than dogs. I can understand sleeping in bed with a cat over a dog. But I have only ever had large dogs, and they would take up too much space, anyhow!
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by hissy
A kennel as in outside, or a crate, as in a enclosed dog crate bed? Our puppy sleeps in his cage all night, it is a very large cage with room for him to run around in. We do this for two reasons, as he grows this will be his bed- with the cage door opened, and also as a puppy they chew. If we left him to run around the bedroom at night he would chew everything. Many people crate train their dogs. We do take vader out during the night outside to do his business.

This is exactly what we do/did with Sandy puppy. She is now 16 weeks and we first let her sleep in the bed with us but we were up every 2 hours. We were so sleep deprived we were too tired to play with her! It took only a week to crate train her as we bought a huge crate and lined it with fluffy cotton comforters like a womb. We keep a radio playing softly for her when she's sleeping and she is in there almost 10 hrs straight. She loves it! She doesn't even want to come out, but we take her out to go potty, etc.

I think the issue will come down to love and affection. If they are loved and played with - proper attention - being in a crate is not harmful nor punishment. Sandy is only in there at night but she knows it's her private space.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ok, well, as I said, I have never owned a dog and didn't realize how normal it was...I guess the way Beckiboo said it..it is their special place, and security...my mom dog sat my older sisters dog and I just thought it was weird, but now I can see and understand a little bit better as to why...lol
post #9 of 14
Just the fact that you are so open to sharing is so great!!!! You'll do fine!
post #10 of 14
We crate both of our dogs at night, its not punishment at all for them. We never treated it as such either. It was always their special bed. We tell them, "Bed" and they go right in and get comfy. they have blankets and water dishes attached, as well as crate fans if its to warm in the winter with the heat on. Isis being a husky is always warm so she has two. They also each have a toy to chew on. Our girls are good but they are young, and they still chew, and have accidents. So we dont let them run the house unsupervised...but they nestle right in for sleepy time. Let us know when they have to potty and usually go right back to sleep. Infact they are in bed right now. cause its passed their bedtime.
post #11 of 14
I have crate trained a few dogs now and will all my future dogs.. the only reason Gigi my yorkie sleeps with me is Zoey also does.. I couldnt figure out how to crate train her... lmao.. she is a cat
post #12 of 14
If we leave Pearl out at night, she will eat the house and she and Rowdy will romp all night long. Pearl loves her crate. I don't even have to say, "Go to bed." When I turn off the TV and lock the door, she goes in on her own.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Rock&Fluff'smom
oh, and they are about a year old now, both of them...but they are small dogs though...
I can understand how you feel and I agree. Jello is 7 and a shih'tzu. He'd be miserable if left inside a crate/cage all night. He loves people. He has a bad habit of chewing on small things so I make sure stuff like that is kept out of reach which is very easy considering he is very small and can't jump very high. I wouldn't keep him locked up.
post #14 of 14
My fiancee's parents have kennel trained their dog. She just prefers it. She's like my rabbit in that way, the kennel is *her* house and you had better not interfer with it or with her access to it, or you will get a growl! She is a mini schnauzer and the kennel itself is, I'm guessing! 30 inches each way. She has plenty of room to spread out, stand up, etc and a big cushy dog bed inside, with a water bowl and food bowl inside. She is placed in it during the day, while they are at work and let out all other times. Unless Nate is home she usually sleeps in her kennel as well. This is pretty common and gives the dog his or her own property, if you will.
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