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Moogli gets crated every night when I go to bed. ... it when we are awake, only when we are asleep.

Moogli, the Teddy Bear Slasher! Who woulda thunk it?

We didn't. Imagine my surprise the morning that I get out of the shower and see teddy bear guts all over the bed. Imagine my disgust later on that evening when taking Moogli for a walk and the fuzz started coming out the other side.
(1) I know she is growing up and all, but ... Monday! She's not wsupposed to be growing old this fast.

I can just see you when her first suitor comes to the door. LOL

My brother-in-law (who has a 9-month old daughter) and I are considering starting up a private school.
A couple hundred k off into the forest, guarded by mean dogs should do for starters.

Marcel and Moogli
http://mudbunny.blogspot.com /
Haven't read the whole thread, but I'll throw in my experience with Erwin and Dempsey.
I can pinpoint the exact day we stopped crating Erwin, and exactly why...

We got Erwin first, and then later adopted Dempsey. Erwin is now 2, Dempsey is 11.
Erwin is definitely the 'alpha' dog, but Dempsey being 11 is more trustworthy. We don't leave either of them alone very much, but crated Dempsey at night for the first 8 months or so that we had him. (Erwin sleeps in my room)
Then one day Dempsey wasn't feeling very well. Pretty stiff, and we decided that it would be a lot easier on him if we left him out of his crate for that night (he was asleep on the couch). Figured he'd have more room to stretch out that way.
Anyways, other than a medically related pooping incident (which was why he wasn't feeling very well), there was no trouble. Shortly afterwards, he started sneaking in to Erwin's bed. We'd been letting him sleep outside his crate with higher frequency shortly afterward.
At that point we decided to put his crate away and buy him more comfortable sleeping quarters.
Anyways then the day came that no one could be around to watch the dogs (my brother was getting married). We couldn't very well crate one dog and not the other, that really didn't seem fair.
We did a brief 'trial run' the night before, where we were out for a few hours. Then the next day we went all out to the wedding. (had a neighbour come over a few times to let them out, and to feed them... funny story, she fed them cat food by mistake Emotion: smile ). Anyways, we didn't have any trouble, so no more crates from then on in (this was end of August... So Erwin was a little over 2 years old).
I've heard of other people who crating is a lifelong thing for. Not because they don't trust the dog, but actually for the dog's safety. Some theives, if they break in to your house, have been known to shoot dogs that are running around loose in the house. Crating make this far less likely...
Dale
but actually for the dog's safety. Some theives, if they break in to your house, have been known to shoot dogs that are running around loose in the house. Crating make this far less likely...

I had a student with a pitbull puppy who had a break-in. Puppy was crated She's what they stole. They muts have realize she wasn't what they were looking for, because the she managed to find her way home a few days later. A very, very sweet dog and they were looking to move asap.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
but actually for the dog's safety. Some theives, if they ... loose in the house. Crating make this far less likely...

I had a student with a pitbull puppy who had a break-in. Puppy was crated She's what they stole. They ... find her way home a few days later. A very, very sweet dog and they were looking to move asap.

eek. That's awful. Glad everything worked out though.

Dale
Why do you ask Janet?

to annoy YOU! HTH! Stalkers are weird.. Janet Boss www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com

STalker? Now, I'm a stalker? ROFL!! For those who don't know I Janet from another board. Janet thinks that crating adult dogs means you can't train the dog and the dog is seriously lacking in something in his life. She posted this poll to see if there are people who agree with that.
Lauralyn