why is having your dog in a crate all day bad for the dog?

User in Atlanta, GA
Feb. 9, 2018

My mother who has become very stubborn after her recent stokes thinks that Its okay to leave the dog in her crate all day. She thinks crate training the dog consist of only allowing the dog to be out of the cage when we take her outside and then putting the dog back in the crate. I don't know enough about dogs to let her know that is not how you take care of a dog. Any suggestions?

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User in Pearland, TX
Dec. 23, 2018

It is not okay to leave your dog in a crate all day. Dogs are pack animals meaning they enjoy being part of the family. Another key word Animal they require freedom to move around . Simply put yourself in their shoes would you want to be in a cage all day?.. Being in a cage is mentally bad for them. They can become anxious,nervous ,hyper and loose the attachment and respect they had for you because they no longer feel part of the "pack" due to the neglect. All that mixed in can turn into a depressed dog or a very angry dog . Neither of those are good.

What should I do if my cousin has a pet dog he leaves it in a cage all day and and his family members take him out to the bathroom but also he's never home

Mary in Albion, MI
Aug. 1, 2018

Rehome the dog. That is animal abuse. They dont need a dog.

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User in Temecula, CA
Dec. 23, 2018

This is a sad life for any animal. Please try and convince her that an animal deserves to enjoy life, love, and the company of those that love them. I am not a crate advocate. I grew up with the belief that our animals were part of our family, and that is exactly how they should be treated. D.

Jose in San Antonio, TX
April 23, 2018

Please someone help me something is wrong with my dogs back legs after leaving her in a cage for 2 years ignoring her I'm a terrible owner and I want to fix that please help me

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User in Spotswood, NJ
Dec. 23, 2018

A dog who has always been part of the family will not understand why it is suddenly cooped up all day. The dog may think she is being punished and is not loved anymore. In my opinion, crates should be a place that the animal feels safe in, not that he feels punished in. With our own crate, we leave the door open all the time so when Daisy feels like she needs to she chooses when to use it. In fact, she knows when she is in trouble and punishes herself by going into the crate before we say a thing.

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User in Mishawaka, IN
Dec. 23, 2018

it's an awesome tool for housebreaking...but once that is accomplished let the dog be part of the family or don't bother having one!

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User in Ephrata, PA
March 25, 2018

Definitely leaving a dog in a crate all day long is neglectful and abusive to the dog. Dogs need to be with their pack, i.e. their humans. Crate training is for house training purposes only. Meaning that the animal is confined to their crate during the time that the owner is not with the dog so they do not mess in the house. Both of my dogs were crate trained by myself and we made their crates very nice...toys, a blanket or towel on the pull out tray. Mine loved their crate so much that even after they were trained and we left the crate out and open, they would go in on their own sometimes to sleep during the day or just to be in there because they liked it there. Plus, dogs need to be stimulated, exercise wise and mentally as well. If the animal is locked up all day they have energy to burn and when they get out they go bananas! Please keep the dog out after it's trained!! A veterinarian could also explain to your mother about this.

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Mary in Albion, MI
Dec. 23, 2018

Rehome the dog. It's animal abuse n she dont need the dog.

Couldn't have said it better than that!

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User in Sturgis, MI
Aug. 2, 2015

Dogs being put in crates will feel trapped and very isolated due to the nature of the ambience. It is very recommendable that the dog is let out and roam around and/or let her/him outside as much as possible. Also, dogs need daily exercise just like humans, too.

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I strongly believe that putting a dog in a crate all day is absolutely neglect all the way.I see it this way , dogs are part of the family too just like rest of the family.They need love , support , attention , proper care just like we all do . They are no different than we are . However , putting them in a crate all day ,makes them feel depressed because they have been locked up and they do not know why or what for . Also , it makes them angry because they can not get out and they feel extremely isolated . In the end , it makes your dog very aggressive and not social able with people because it can frightened them to where they do not know who is going to be nice or bad to them . Pretty much confused.

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User in Kent, WA
Dec. 23, 2018

Dogs have cognitive ability similar to a toddler. How would she feel if she heard someone kept a baby in a crate all day? They need physical and mental exercise, as well as love and affection. On top of that, a constant supply of water should be available. Leaving an animal enclosed in a crate almost constantly is neglectful and unnecessary. If she cannot care for the dogs any longer after her strokes, perhaps it is time to find a new home for the pups.

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Hamiyah in Sumter, SC
Dec. 23, 2018

All dogs have energy and need to get it out. It's also deemed as neglect if you just never let them out.

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Crate training should be limited to specific times, like when you are sleeping. Dogs are social creatures and staying in a cage all day is harmful to their health. Once dogs move outside of their puppy (destroying) stage they should be able to volunteerly go in and out of their crate. The article below has some great tips. http://www.humanesociety.org/a...

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Laura in Garner, NC
Dec. 23, 2018

Dogs have bodies that function much the same way as ours. Put yourself in their shoes (paws). What if you couldn't go to the bathroom when you felt the urge, and finally after a few more hours someone said, "Okay, you can go now". You'd be miserable! And this is only the immediate effect of leaving a dog in a crate for too long. The longer this goes on, the many other problems it brings to the poor dog. And none of them are good.

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User in Reseda, CA
Aug. 2, 2015

What my friends do with their dog they got a doggy house and put it outside and they put a leash on her and attached it the the doggy house now the rope is long enough that their dog can get the grass to do her business. They keep the doggy house in the shade. The only do the during the day when they are gone but once they are home they allow the dog to come inside

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Mimi in Rosamond, CA
Dec. 23, 2018

Our 5 furbabies are NEVER crated, and only go into their carriers when the go to the vet. So are comfortable to climb inside for this twice yearly trip. For the short trip for nail's to our groomers--they sit in the back "boot" of our small SUV. Strange little guys--they have NO issues with others clipping their nails-but shake in fear over even my attempt. So this pack of 4 chihuahua's and 1 chihuahua/jack russellterrier mix--go to the groomer for a 2 minute "clip"! They have the run of the front of our home,a doggy door allows them complete freedom and access to our fenced/block wall back yard. So no escaping is possible. As I was pushed into early retirement by spinal cord damage--these little one's are VERY happy I am home so much. With the fact my husband added backed chicken breasts to their daily menu---when they hear his truck pull up--I have some extremely happy dogs each evening. Once I learned all dog foods are heated at over 700 degree's and must last over 30 months of shelf life-just HOW nutrient dense--how healthy could they be. Thus came the added protein. They do LOVE the carrots I give them instead of other store bought treats (Yes they WOULD prefer the bacon flavored stix-tough luck--I would ALSO stuff my self with Krispy Kreme donuts-but know not to do so) Get that poor dog AWAY from your mother. We can always find room.

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User in Ellijay, GA
Aug. 3, 2015

Dogs, as well as animals in general, need freedom. The muscles of any animal will become tense and sore if they're left in a single position near all day long, same as your muscles would if you remained in bed all day. This discomfort is extremely unhealthy to the dog as it would be to any animal. Not to mention the immense stress it puts on the dog's mind. Being locked in a crate for a long time will cause the dog to believe that it's being punished, which will mess with the dog's emotions far too intensely. This will put incredible stress on them, which could alter their eating habits, causing them to eat far too much or far too little once let out of the cage. There are some profound negative consequences to leaving a dog in any sort of cage for an extended period of time, regardless of reason. They require time to stretch their legs, exercise, and enjoy themselves. Please do not leave your dogs in a crate longer than necessary.

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Our dog is perfectly fine staying in his crate all day long. He goes outside after he eats in the morning for about 30 minutes. He goes outside for about 1 hour when I come home for lunch. He goes outside for as long as he wants after work but he is usually barking to come back in after about 1 hour. He knows if he comes in the house that he is going in his crate but he likes being in there. His crate is wire and plenty large enough for him to stretch, turn around and stand up. It is also in our living area where he is in contact with us at all times. I think most people are too quick to compare house pets to humans. They are not humans and do not think like humans. My dog, in 9 years, has never shown signs of stress or depression or any of the other crap that people think dogs are going to feel when staying in their crate for extended periods.

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