Maui had a crate since a few weeks after I got him. I would use only when I went away and since I didn't work for a lot of the time, he never really had to go in there more than a few times a week for a short time. Anyway, I haven't been using it for a few weeks because he is trustworthy without one so he just gets penned in my room (not whole house access yet but that's coming next). The crate is still in my room and the door is usually open a little so he can open it more and go in if he wants.

I really, really wanted to be able to get rid of the crate now that he doesn't need it but I am wondering if I should keep it in case he ever feels like he needs to get away and go in there (his safe place/own den). I did notice that he occasionally goes in there to lay down and rest but that is mostly when my nephews are here pestering him. My nephews used to all try to go in there too (two of them plus Maui fit at one time) but they have since been told that they aren't allowed to do that because it is for Maui only in case he needs a play break.

So, would it be bad for me to take away Maui's crate? If I do, should I buy him a regular dog bed and just teach my nephews it is off limits for them? Or since a dog bed doesn't have walls like a crate, will Maui not really like that as much? Thanks for any opinions, advice, comments, questions, concerns.
So, would it be bad for me to take away Maui's crate? If I do, should I buy him a ... walls like a crate, will Maui not really like that as much? Thanks for any opinions, advice, comments, questions, concerns.

I wouldn't take away the crate. Leave it in the corner and take off the door should you not want to use it. There may come a time when you want Maui to spend time in the crate. If it is always in your room, he will be used to it. The very fact that Maui currently uses it to get away from your nephews tells me that it is still needed.
Get a dog bed as well, just put it in a different room that you spend a lopt of time in. In our house, Moogli's crate is in the bedroom, and he gets put in there about 1/3 of the time. In the living room, we have a small dog bed under the table that he will sleep in if we are in there. We had no problem with getting Moogli to try out the bed. Put him in there, gave him a treat, and he figured out what it was for.

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The crate is still in my room and the door is usually open a little so he can open it ... it in case he ever feels like he needs to get away and go in there (his safe place/own den).

Did you know that crates make good bedside tables?

If his crate is Maui's safe place, you should probably keep it. But if two kids and Maui can fit into it at one time, it's larger than necessary for a Toy Poodle; if the space it takes up in your bedroom is your concern, replace the crate with a smaller one. Crates really only need to be large enough for a dog to stand and turn around comfortably - it's a relaxation place, not an exercise pen.
A bonus to keeping Maui used to a crate is in the event you take him on a plane or if you have to board him. A smaller crate will also make it easier for you to carry and load into your car.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Did you know that crates make good bedside tables?

its currently a desk side table. that reminds me of clean sweep once where the family had two big dogs and each had a crate in their bedroom. the organizers ended up making them tables so that you couldn't even tell they were crates anymore. the family really liked it, but I wonder what the dogs thought.
If his crate is Maui's safe place, you should probably keep it. But if two kids and Maui can fit ... Poodle; if the space it takes up in your bedroom is your concern, replace the crate with a smaller one.

I actually had a hard time finding a good crate for Maui. I ended up with one that it all metal see-thru (what I wanted, not solid walls) and it is 2 feet long, 18 inches high and 20 inches wide. It was the smallest one they had so I got it but it really is very roomy for such a small dog. I got it at petsmart after checking at Pet Supplies Plus also (which didn't have a smaller one). I guess they don't make smaller ones that are the see-thru kind like I wanted, which kinda stinks but oh well.
Crates really only need to be large enough for a dog to stand and turn around comfortably - it's a ... to board him. A smaller crate will also make it easier for you to carry and load into your car.

thanks for the comments, I guess the crate will stay put.
I wouldn't take away the crate. Leave it in the corner and take off the door should you not want ... try out the bed. Put him in there, gave him a treat, and he figured out what it was for.

thanks for responding, I really liked the idea about taking the door off, I think I will have to see about doing that.
Or since a dog bed doesn't have walls like a crate, will Maui not really like that as much?

Bella's crate lives in the bedroom with the two gigantic dog pillows. Bella sleeps on the bed, on a pillow, on the floor or in her crate. She sleeps in the crate when she wants to lie on her back with her legs in the air. There's nothing else in the room that lets her prop herself up that way...
, should I buy him a regular dog bed and just teach my nephews it is
off limits for them? Or since a dog bed doesn't have walls like a crate, will Maui not really like that as much? Thanks for any opinions, advice, comments, questions, concerns.

My dogs like to go to their dog beds, it's their own place and they like to relax there. Roz's dog bed is on the left and Sam's is on the right, frankly I couldn't care which bed they sleep in but to them it's paramount indicating they get a sense of belonging. Roz does like to hide under our bed sometimes (not a problem), she seems like the security having something over her, but for most part as long as they have access to their beds they are content.
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