So, I have read that many adult dogs often choose to spend time in their crate, and willingly sleep in it at night, once trained. For those of you who crate your dog at night, do you still keep the door closed, or do you allow them to have access to the room or house, and they choose to sleep in the crate?
Do you think allowing an adult dog to have access to the bedroom at night and expect them to choose the crate (or maybe just a bed) for sleeping is a reasonable goal to set? When I have to leave the house for a 5 minute drive every morning (drop hubby off at work) I often let her stay in my office/studio instead of the crate, and she does fine then. When I come back nothing has been destroyed, no accidents, etc. She's usually chewing on a bully stick on my chair mat.
My dilemma is that since we allow the cats to sleep on the bed, we have to leave the bedroom door open so they can get out to use their box. As far as I can tell (I am a poor sleeper) they usually don't actually leave the room, but if the door is closed they get upset.
However, I think it'd be nice to allow Sadie to have more of the room at night than just the crate, but I don't want her roaming around the house at night. She does prefer to be in the room with us, so I would assume she'd stay in the bedroom but would it be safe to allow her access to the house?
I'm curious what others do with their crate trained dogs at night, what might be a reasonable goal for her as an adult dog.