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So I originally bought the crate for when I go away for the day so Stella (my pup) wouldn't be roaming the house and potentially peeing everywhere. Turns out Stella only took two Weeks to housebreak, and my grandpa watches her when I am away. Anyway, I decided I should let her sleep outside the create because shes trained. .So I bought her a normal dog bed., but she layed in it for a few hours, and then got up and walked to her crate, and continued to sleep there. Why does she favor her crate over freedom? Although I don't shut the crate door anymore she used to hate it in there. How can I lean lean her off the crate? (black and whote thing infront of the crate is the bed I bought for her...just incase she changes her mind.)
 

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So I originally bought the crate for when I go away for the day so Stella (my pup) wouldn't be roaming the house and potentially peeing everywhere. Turns out Stella only took two Weeks to housebreak, and my grandpa watches her when I am away. Anyway, I decided I should let her sleep outside the create because shes trained. .So I bought her a normal dog bed., but she layed in it for a few hours, and then got up and walked to her crate, and continued to sleep there. Why does she favor her crate over freedom? Although I don't shut the crate door anymore she used to hate it in there. How can I lean hee off the crate?
The crate's the equivalent of you having a bedroom - her space, her den, etc. I... really wouldn't wean her off that. Would you want to be weaned off having your room and, instead, having the 'freedom' of having a bed in the middle of the kitchen? Let her have her space.
 

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Her crate is her bedroom. It's not cruel, so long as she's not in there all day against her will. Sounds like you did a great job crate training...trust me, her wanting to sleep in her crate is a GOOD thing! What's wrong with her wanting to sleep in the crate, anyway? From my POV, I can't think of a single thing. Definitely don't discourage her from going in there.
 

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I agree with 100% melundie. Nothing is wrong with your dog wanting to sleep in her crate. My dog won't even sleep on a dog bed, he likes the floor plain and simple.
 

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She's a smart dog, she knows thats her den, her bed, her place to go. No need to wean her off it. Be thankful you now have a dog who loves her crate. BTW, both of mine, if you can;t find them in a recliner or the dog beds, can be found in their crates. Doors are always open.
 

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The pup I have who is 12 weeks old now, has always liked to sleep in her crate. When it is bedtime if you can't find her, she is asleep in her crate. I do close the door at night as she is not completely housetrained yet and she sleeps right through the night, has since she was nine weeks old.
 

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Maddie prefers to sleep in her crate, even with the door open, too. It's HER space, and she feels safe there. There's nothing wrong with it. I'm glad Maddie likes her crate - I feel less guilty when I have to crate her when we go out!
 

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I have one here commonly who always chooses to sleep in his crate.

I don't like it. I'd rather they be involved out and about in the house or on the deck and where I can hang with them and clearly see them instead of tucked away.

I have managed to get him out for certain times of the day by making 'routine' times for me to sit with him and give him special attention - lets say on the windowseat or out on the deck. Doing this soon enough I found him heading for the windowseat everyday at about those times. He still won't join the others on the deck for squirrel/bird watching without me though. Hopefully we'll get there.

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You are so very lucky that your little girl likes her crate. I wouldn't go as far as considering my guy a hater of his crate, but he doesn't (yet) go in for fun. He does like it during the night and sleeps soundly.

I would continue to let her sleep in the crate and maybe get a cute bed that may make you feel better for her choosing to sleep in there haha.

Seems like you have had wonderful luck with this little cutie! 2 weeks and trained! I am impressed.


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awwwww cute, Buddy (my avatar) our adult rescue boy likes to sleep in his crate, he stays out sometimesduring the day (we live for now in an airstream travel trailer which is kinds small for 2 ppl & 2 dogs) so when we get to moving around too much he i think gets nervous & wsants in his crate, also when it gets to be nite he wants to go in there (he knows he gets fed there, as i feed my dogs where they cant get at each other). i just go by what he wants,m if he wants to stay out (which i prefer, i like having him around :) ) then i let him stay out, if he wants in, i assume there is an explination for hia choice.
 

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Thanks!& the the only reason I wouldn't want her to.get so used to always sleeping there is because of vacations where we may not be able to bring her crate
 

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Esther is the first dog I've had that was crate trained.

In retrospect, I realize that previous dogs found do-it-yourself crates - maybe in a corner behind some furniture, under a coffee table, in a closet, under the basement stairs - anywhere they could get a little privacy and security.
 

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Its ok. My yorkue loves her crate! This will come in handy if you ever come into an issue where you need to keep her crated....like an illness or injury or long drive.
 
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