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Just takin a survey to see if you put your dog in a kennel at night or let him sleep in your bed etc. I guess according to my friend "no one lets their pets sleep with them, thats just weird" i do and always have so i wanted to know if she is right
 

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We have a rescued beagle that we've only had for about two weeks. We put him in his crate when we leave the house, which isn't much, as I'm a stay at home mom. But at night he kind of wanders around. Most of the time he sleeps in a small bed in our bedroom. Other times he'll sleep with my youngest son who is in a bottom bunk futon, and he will also sleep in the crate with the door open. We keep his favorite blankie and some toys in his crate as well.
 

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Why would people put dogs in boxes????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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My dog doesn't usually sleep in our bed--he's too much of a bed hog, but he has a bed in our room, or he sleeps downstairs on his bed, or on the couch...it really depends on his mood I guess.
 

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Our dog sleeps downstairs at night unless there's a thunderstorm, in which case she's allowed in bed with us (outside the covers).
 

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Whenever we got a new puppy, it spends it's first week or so of nights in a crate. Then they can sleep wherever the want, except my room, dogs aren't aloud in my room. They sleep with my parents or my brother, sometimes on their bed. If I take a nap on the couch, the dogs pile up beside/on-top of me and that's fine. My cats sleep in my bed, usually right in the spot that's the most inconvenient for me.<br><br><br><br>
I also have a friend who thinks it's weird that people let their animals sleep with them.
 

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I don't lock up my kids or my cats either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
My dog sleeps in our room. He has a body pillow and a pile of blankets in one corner. He's huge and stinky so he doesn't sleep on our bed!<br><br>
When I had my little terrier years and years ago, he slept on my bed. I've never crated my dogs.<br><br>
Some people swear their dogs like being in the crate. It just seems sort of weird to me I guess. I know my dog now would FREAK if I locked him up. He's happy and calm sleeping on the floor by my side of the bed.<br><br>
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I don't lock up my kids or my cats either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
My dog sleeps in our room. He has a body pillow and a pile of blankets in one corner. He's huge and stinky so he doesn't sleep on our bed!<br><br>
When I had my little terrier years and years ago, he slept on my bed. I've never crated my dogs.<br><br>
Some people swear their dogs like being in the crate. It just seems sort of weird to me I guess. I know my dog now would FREAK if I locked him up. He's happy and calm sleeping on the floor by my side of the bed.<br><br>
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When people have companion animals, it's nice to see when they're treated like a part of the family like that!<br><br><br><br>
I know that I would freak if I were put in a crate. I would never think to imprison any animal like that.
 

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Just takin a survey to see if you put your dog in a kennel at night or let him sleep in your bed etc. I guess according to my friend "no one lets their pets sleep with them, thats just weird" i do and always have so i wanted to know if she is right</div>
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I like to think of my cats and dogs as my children or siblings ... If I had a very young child/sibling, they might sleep in a crib for their own safety (just as a young dog might do better in a sort-of-cage at night). But I would never force an independent child to sleep in a crib, and so I would never make my cats or dogs sleep in a cage at night.<br><br><br><br>
Why in the world does your friend think it's 'just weird' to let your pets sleep with you??? You'd let your child or sibling or friend, etc. sleep with you, so why not them?<br><br><br><br>
I think maybe the reason your friend and so many other people feel otherwise is because they see companion animals as objects and playthings rather than *companions*. Of course if you see your pets as objects, you don't want them shedding on your bed or waking you up in the middle of the night.<br><br><br><br>
If you consider your companion animals to be actual companions, it's definitely not 'weird' to give them the same living conditions you enjoy.
 

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Why would people put dogs in boxes????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"></div>
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Crate trained dogs don't think of being in a crate as being punished or being put in a box. They LIKE their crates and it is similar to a bedroom for a person. They feel safe and secure in there. I used to dogsit for a dog who, while she did sleep in a dog bed in the bedroom at night, needed to be in her crate anytime someone couldn't watch her (even if you were home, like if you were going to go shower) because she would, without fail, ingest a foreign object any time you left her alone. These people kept their house VERY clean too, but she'd find something to eat (they had a kid, so it wasn't perfect!). The dog didn't mind her crate at all. She would go and sleep in it all the time even when the door was open. Some people don't like their pets in their bed with them, just like some people co-sleep with their children and others prefer not to. It is often SAFER for the dog to be contained, which I think is more responsible and loving of an owner than leaving a dog that is known to get itself into trouble when unattended loose in the house at night.<br><br><br><br>
I personally have 2 cats, and they sleep wherever they want. Sometimes that is in our bed (including on my pillow or mookie dancing into my neck, drooling and purring), sometimes it's on one of the many chairs in the house, on the couch or on the guest bed, or on their cat furniture <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">.
 

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Anyone who doesn't thing dogs should be crate trained has never lived with a husky. At least not my two. Most dogs like a crate anyway. It's much like the den they'd use in the wild. My dogs don't sleep with me, but that's mostly because I have too many. There's not room for all of us in the bed. Plus, I find they don't get quite so tempermental with each other since I made the no bed rule. They never got bossy with me, but they sure did with each other over who was going to sleep by me. So we compromise. They're allowed to sleep on the bed during the day or on the couch anytime, unless I want that spot. I don't even have to say anything anymore; if I walk towards the bed or couch, they get off.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think it's weird, though, if you sleep with your dog. I probably would too if I just had one.<br><br><br><br>
I do sleep with a cat. Until she starts kneading my head early in the morning. Then she get kicked (not literally) out of the bedroom.
 

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Anyone who doesn't thing dogs should be crate trained has never lived with a husky. At least not my two. Most dogs like a crate anyway. It's much like the den they'd use in the wild. My dogs don't sleep with me, but that's mostly because I have too many. There's not room for all of us in the bed. Plus, I find they don't get quite so tempermental with each other since I made the no bed rule. They never got bossy with me, but they sure did with each other over who was going to sleep by me. So we compromise. They're allowed to sleep on the bed during the day or on the couch anytime, unless I want that spot. I don't even have to say anything anymore; if I walk towards the bed or couch, they get off.<br></div>
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Maybe huskies and people aren't meant to live together, then. Or dogs in general, for that matter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think dogs belong in crates. Who are we to box them up in confined space against their will?
 

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Bear doesn't sleep in a crate at night. He has free reign to lay wherever he pleases. It usually ends up being the hallway bathroom or the family room because of their cool floors. 115 pounds of thick newfoundland fur - he likes the tile.<br><br><br><br>
If I sleep late, or if people have to leave the house, he'll come into my room. I have to keep the door closed all the time because of one of my cats.<br><br><br><br>
When we first adopted him, I'd wake up to find him sprawled out on my bed near my feet. I'd still let him sleep in bed with me sometimes but the bed is too small and he's just a tad bit too stinky.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think there's anything wrong with crating a dog at night. If done right, it can be a safe haven for them. It can also be a life-saver if they are avid chewers so they don't get into trouble and hurt themselves. They have a denning (sp?) instinct. At my last job, I was always explaining crate training to people. My former boss had around 20-something dogs and they spent a lot of time in crates with rotated shifts of periods outside. That seemed a little odd to me because I didn't think they needed to be crated <i>that</i> long. They did get quite a few times outside and they were extended periods sometimes, too, though.
 

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Maybe huskies and people aren't meant to live together, then. Or dogs in general, for that matter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think dogs belong in crates. Who are we to box them up in confined space against their will?</div>
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Dogs have been domesticated for a very long time. At this point, we can't just tell them all to roam free. Maybe people aren't meant to live in houses with central air conditioning and watch TV... but we do.<br><br><br><br>
Did you read anything Wolfie or I wrote? Properly crate trained dogs are NOT boxed up against their will. They LIKE being in their crates!! They will sleep in their crates during the day with the door open because that is THEIR space and they LIKE it.<br><br><br><br>
This isn't much different than putting a baby in a crib at night to sleep. It keeps them safe. Dogs are often crated at night because it keeps them safe. I think it is MUCH more cruel allowing your dog to get himself in trouble or hurt or eat pieces of the couch overnight then have to deal with the medical ramifications than to be doted on all day and then sleeping in a comfy bed in a crate at night... or at least grossly irresponsible to keep an animal and not keep them safe.
 

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"no one lets their pets sleep with them, thats just weird"</div>
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Who would lock up their pet like a common prisoner so they'd be bored out of their mind and forced to lay in their own excrement all night? That's just weird (and cruel and unusual....).
 

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Maybe huskies and people aren't meant to live together, then. Or dogs in general, for that matter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> I don't know.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think dogs belong in crates. Who are we to box them up in confined space against their will?</div>
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Maybe I should just set them free then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
They run happily into their crates when it's time and they often can be found snoozing in them on their own when the doors are open. I'm pretty sure they don't mind.<br><br><br><br>
My dogs have also been known to crawl under tables, behind couches, under the bed. They like small, enclosed spaces.
 

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My dogs have also been known to crawl under tables, behind couches, under the bed. They like small, enclosed spaces.</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Bear amazes with the tiny little areas that he can squeeze himself into. He loves sleeping in those tight spaces.
 

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Maybe I should just set them free then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br></div>
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Ugh, of course you should! You have been so selfish keeping your dogs safe when you can't watch them!! I'm sure they'd be better off just free to fend for themselves!<br><br><br><br>
Now that I think of it, it's totally not fair for me to keep my cats confined to my house all the time. I mean, it's like one great big cage for them. I should leave a window open all the time so they can go outside and play with the German Shepherd next door, or in the busy intersection in front of my house! Then they'd be FREE!!<br><br><br><br>
/sarcasm<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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If more people would learn how to properly crate train, there would be fewer dogs turned into shelters because "he just couldn't be housetrained" or "she tore up the furniture when I was gone."<br><br><br><br>
I'm not saying every dog needs crate training or that sleeping with them is "weird." Not all all. But the crate sure has helped with my "let's pee on the floor and/or chew on the couch and/or break the windows and/or ambush the cat and/or pick a fight with the other girls and get my butt kicked" female husky. I can't watch her 24-7.
 

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Ugh, of course you should! You have been so selfish keeping your dogs safe when you can't watch them!! I'm sure they'd be better off just free to fend for themselves!<br><br><br><br>
Now that I think of it, it's totally not fair for me to keep my cats confined to my house all the time. I mean, it's like one great big cage for them. I should leave a window open all the time so they can go outside and play with the German Shepherd next door, or in the busy intersection in front of my house! Then they'd be FREE!!<br><br><br><br>
/sarcasm<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"></div>
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I'm not saying every dog needs crate training or that sleeping with them is "weird." Not all all. But the crate sure has helped with my "let's pee on the floor and/or chew on the couch and/or break the windows and/or ambush the cat and/or pick a fight with the other girls and get my butt kicked" female husky. I can't watch her 24-7.</div>
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Sounds like a lot of reasons why dogs probably don't do well in homes.<br><br><br><br>
rabid and Wolfie, you can have fun reading into my posts and putting words in my mouth. I get it all the time around here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"> I'm learning to just sit back and let it happen. It gets rather tiring to defend myself, and frankly, I'm not going to do it this time.
 
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