January 3rd, 2005, 01:12 PM
Just a quick question, my 9 month old Siberian Husky willingly sleeps in his crate at night only, without the door closed....no problem except the crate is rather large and is in my bedroom. He is fully house trained. (has no problem sticking his cold, wet nose on my cheek to wake me up if he has to go out) I haven't been able to access my closet without moving the crate for 7 months. I would like to remove his crate and just leave his pillow. My question: Is this advisable? Will this affect his sleep habits and be disturbing for him.
January 3rd, 2005, 02:49 PM
Sounds like he is being a good boy so I don't see why you shouldn't be ready to transition to just a dog bed. He really isn't using the crate as a crate per se because the door is open and he is free to do as he pleases. It seems like he is not wandering the house at night or making mistakes or destroying things so I would go for it.
You could start by putting a dog bed where the crate is and test it out. If he starts to wander about too much then tether him to your bed - a tether just long enough for him to stand up, turn around and lie down again, but not to jump up on the bed and hang himself, or to walk to the far end of the leash go potty and then return to a warm dry bed.
Then wean him off of the tether as you see fit.
January 3rd, 2005, 04:47 PM
I like the tether idea. :)
Over the last 19 years, three of the Rottweilers I have had were raised from puppies. Each was kept tethered on a 6' leash/buckle collar to my bed at night until they were trustworthy....I do get all my dogs used to being crated, but have never used one at night for "potty training."
It has been a very reliable method for me, and I imagine I'd do it again with my next puppy.
One of my dogs likes her crate, and though I rarely close the door, I have it in the living room with the door open because she likes to nap in there. You could do that....cover it with a pretty throw and voila instant decor! :D I use it as a laundry folding table (it's one of those huge Dane-sized crates.)
January 3rd, 2005, 05:04 PM
if he's housebroken, I don't see why you couldn't start the transition to a dog bed. If I were you, I would spray all the electrical wires in my bedroom with bitter apple, to make sure he doesn't get into trouble, and I would close the bedroom door, so he doesn't have full run of the house while I'm sleeping.
January 3rd, 2005, 05:39 PM
Thanks everyone, I feel much better about trying this. I am not at all concerned about the potty issue. I got him at 10 weeks and he maybe messed in the house 5 times and not since he was 3.5 months. He is with me 24 - 7 (all day at work to) so I have been really fortunate. As well he is not destructive (so far)........so it should be ok. Thanks!
January 3rd, 2005, 05:48 PM
He sounds like a good puppy, I am sure he'll be fine!
I've also been lucky in being able to take puppies with me to work....it sure makes training & socialising a whole lot easier.
January 3rd, 2005, 10:27 PM
....cover it with a pretty throw and voila instant decor! :D I use it as a laundry folding table (it's one of those huge Dane-sized crates.)
LOL, Mulan's crate is also a CD stand/holder and an end table.