Is It Cruel to Cage Your Dog While You Are at Work or Away?

My friend cages his wife's dog when they both are away at work etc. He also cages it when he is home and she is away. The only time he is out is when she is home. My friend is not an animal person, but his wife is (she begged him for it). He does not like it running around the apartment because he does not want to mess up anything. They have a Bichon Frises. I asked them about it and they said that he likes it in the cage because he feels protected kind of like when he goes into a closed place and sleeps in a corner etc.
also cages it when they both are a sleep

This is cruelty to animals big time…
Bichon Frieses are the sweetest family dogs on the planet when made part of the family…. We just lost ours..She went to puppy heaven..she was 16 years old..
You are describing people who do not have time for an animal in their life..
Now adays those CAGES are becoming a convenience for LAZY irresponsible people who do NOT need animals in their life..
The over use of the caging instead of walking and playing with the animal shows these people do NOT need the dog..

Call the Humane Society and Bichon Frise Rescue in your area and ask them how to convince your friends to give up the dog they do not have time for….

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  • sharpiefreak

    it depends if its a big or small cage
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  • greekman

    Most smart people crate their dogs when they are out of the house for the well being of the animals and the house. There is nothing wrong with crating a dog so long as it is not in there 24/7!!
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  • Nakisai

    It is not cruel. Its called crate training. Crate training goes back to when the wolves would sleep in caves and dens. Make the crate a good experience for your dog. Do not leave the dog in the crate every time you leave the house then it will think that crate = you leaving the house. When you are both home let the dog sleep in the crate, and give your dog treats maybe every hour. A milk bone or two every hour. Remember to leave a blanket and some water in there for the dog. Good Luck!
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  • Jake

    The most I would do it for is like six hours but if you can get the dog ona schedule where they use the bathroom and get a drink before they go in the crate then they should be fine.
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  • Starsfan14

    While I think crating is O.K for many dogs. Many dogs are fine to be crated during the day. Some do really love the feeling of being protected in their den. However, the dog should be out whenever one or both of the people are home. It sounds like your friend doesn't really want this dog. It is his wife that wants and likes the dog. That is what I see as the main problem.
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  • kc255

    alot of people cage their dogs when they go to work but long time caging is not good for the dogs mental health and it will start acting out more then a problem will arise because they might cage it even more caging when they are at home and not sleeping is not good
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  • Jodester

    It isn't cruel, up to a point. Crate training can be a safe, humane way to keep your dogs safe, keep them from being destructive, and house train them, but they still need exercise, human interaction, and to be taken out often to relieve themselves.
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  • Máire Siobhán

    Crate training can be used as an effective means with dogs, but your friend isn't using it for training. He's using it strictly for confinement. This is counterproductive to training. The dog needs more time outside the crate.

    If you are able to educate him on the dog's needs to have more free time, please do. If I knew who this was, I'd report him to the humane society, myself.

    Where is the girlfriend and why is she not more away of what he's doing? Maybe you could express your concerns about the situation in front of her, to clue her in?
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  • fobdeco

    that isnt good…a dog shouldnt be caged up for more than 4 hours…my dog sleeps in his kennel voluntarily, it like his room…we only shut the door when he was a puppy and wasnt potty trained and that was only for four hours or less…if he is in it for most of the day, you need to tell your friend that it isnt healthy for the dog
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  • esca

    No it is not cruel to keep your dog in a cage while you are gone. However if someone is home then the dog should be let out of the cage and taken care of. It's not fair that the dog is caged when he is home because then when the dog is unlocked it will be extremely hyper. If he would just take the dog out when he got home took it for a walk then the dog probably wouldnt have so much energy to be a terror.
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  • b

    its fine if nobody is home, or if they are sleeping, but i think if he is home, he should keep the dog out. I'm sure it would get boring in a cage for so long
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  • Mama Bear

    We also used a cage for my German Shepherd when she was young (haven't used it for a long time, she is 8 now). She would go in when we went out.. at that time I wasn't working so it would be for short periods, maybe a few hours at a time. We used it because she was a big chewer of things around the house. But we never used it when we were home. I guess you are feeling a bit sorry for this fella, I am too. Sounds a bit over-caged to me.
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  • T0UCH MAH B00BieZ

    its not cruel its just not good they need to strecht their legs
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  • Isis is Saving Dogs in Danger

    i have 1 in the house thats crated only when no ones home and at night. and it's mostly for her safety due to big (100 lbs) dogs that are in the house.
    suggest that your friends put up a baby gate in another room (laundry, kitchen etc) where he can put the pup if the little dog is too much for him.
    also suggest (for me) that he grow a pair!!
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  • Maria L

    if they are gone for over 5 hrs,i really think its cruel,knowing how her husband was about pets,she should of just got rid of the husband

    when my pups were small if I was gone for about 30 min,I would close the door on their crate,if I was gone longer,they would be in the kitchen with a training pad and a dog gate

    they were potty trained,when we were home,they got to enjoy our home,why have a pet if its in the crate all the time

    during the night,its ok,but I have never loocked the gate once they had been trained and knew if they needed to they could use the training pads,otherwise they did their potty outside..

    My 2 go in their crates on their own they go there to nap,and bed time..
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  • Spyderbear

    My dogs are kenneled (caged) when I'm at work, and at night. This is most important if you have an intelligent dog. Most dogs destroy things when they are bored. In the kennel, there is nothing to destroy, unless you give them a toy. For a long time I thought it was cruel, but I've seen that the dogs feel secure in the kennel. They will even go to their kennel, if they feel tired before you're ready for bed.
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  • Nancy M

    Well there is nothing wrong with crate training a dog and having it in a crate for a reasonable amount of time as dogs are den animals – they relax and are more comfortable in a small confined area for sleeping, which they can do a lot of BUT that seems a bit excessive and why in the world would someone have a dog if someone else in the house pretty much hated it? It is just selfish – personally I would think the lady would love the dog enough to turn it in to rescue so it can be properly rehomed in a situation where it isn't despised by one of the two people in the household. If they give it meaningful time while they are home, then it wouldn 't be so bad and I am not sure you are really aware of precisely how they treat it. I sometimes crate my dogs when others are in my home as the dogs feel comfortable not having to deal with them and most people don't like Doberman noses in their face — they don't spend much time in there though but it isn't cruel to reasonably crate them. The people I am used to get noses :)
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  • Annie B

    Yes. I think so. Most dogs are very active so they would want to run around.
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  • Dog Rescuer

    This is cruelty to animals big time…
    Bichon Frieses are the sweetest family dogs on the planet when made part of the family…. We just lost ours..She went to puppy heaven..she was 16 years old..
    You are describing people who do not have time for an animal in their life..
    Now adays those CAGES are becoming a convenience for LAZY irresponsible people who do NOT need animals in their life..
    The over use of the caging instead of walking and playing with the animal shows these people do NOT need the dog..

    Call the Humane Society and Bichon Frise Rescue in your area and ask them how to convince your friends to give up the dog they do not have time for….
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    We rescued our dog from exactly these type of cruel inhumane conditions….Except ours was left isolated all day on a back porch…

  • tuie

    well u should probly leave him/her out side with food or water because i heard that dogs that r in crats are more likely to have breathing problems and plus were would they pee or poop?
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  • barbara g

    Yes, this cruel. A dog should only be crated for 2 or 3 hours MAX.
    They should never have got a dog, but now they need to sort this out.
    Either get in a dog walker or else they have to both start walking the dog.
    It's just cruel to keep it caged – like isolation in prison, it's a punishment.
    Thankyou for caring.
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  • Aussie mum

    Crates are great for keeping your dog safe and out of trouble, as well as keeping your house safe from the dog at times.
    Many people will crate a dog when they are not home, and when they can not watch the dog.
    The crate can be a great training tool, and when trained correctly dogs will see it as a happy den of their own.
    That being said if he can watch the dog it would be better for the dog to be out when he's home, if not then it's generally better for the household and the dog if it's crated.

    Add:
    You know all these "crates are cruel" people are fairly insulting. My Aussie girl goes in hers on her own now days. I use to crate her when I left because she would destroy the house, now that I can trust her I do not do that. Now days if there's a situation where I worry she could get injured being under foot I put her in there for her safety.
    Crates used wrongly can be cruel, but used properly they are an effected training tool, and can save you and your dog both a lot of grief.
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  • joker

    that is not cruel and the only option for many. don't worry about it.
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  • kiyano m

    If it is big enough for them to turn around in and is not to small i think it is not cruel. it is to keep your dog from damaging furniture and also so he won't hurt himself.
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  • Jack S

    Our llittle Pomma-Poo likes to be in his crate when we are not home….it makes him feel secure.
    Of course, we lavish so much attention on him when we are home, that he likes the break and can get some much needed rest!
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  • tom l

    Guess it depends on how nice your furniture is and how much you want it to stay that way.
    The idea that a person has to be an unemployed deadbeat before they should own a dog is ludicrous.

    Crate training serves more than one need. I crate train my dogs because I can be on the road with them sometimes for weeks at a time going from show to show. If they were not crate trained we would be pretty much be restricted to shows that we could drive to and from in a single day.
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  • dobemommy

    when no one is home it's not wrong to crate the dog, it is safer for the dog, they can't get into anything harmful. I don't agree with crating a dog when someone is home, mine are lose when I'm home, regardless of what is going on.
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  • officer Yoshimi

    It depends how long an the crate size, if they work full time & if the crate is on the smaller side.
    Then yes in my opinion it is. Dogs are pack animals they need a good amount of time to be with their pack (AKA family.) Also confining a dog to a small crate for long periods of time seems pretty cruel to me.

    For the record if that was my husband I'd be throwing him the keys to the dog house!
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  • reaper

    Nope. I do it too. Unless its like, over 5 hours.
    But hey, what would you rather, a destroyed house with unsupervised dogs, or them sleeping in a cage until you're home to watch them.

    They can also get hurt if left alone. Trust me dogs can get into things you wouldn't dream of O___O

    If the cage is big enough, its fine.
    But I don't think thats very nice to keep the dog in its cage while he is home, he could at least let him/her out to go the bathroom then put it back in.
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  • sue

    hi i have a 10month old shih tzu i only work for 2 hours a day(morning 9/11 i let him out in morn b4 i go to work but he gets sooo stressed when i leave he pees everywhere and is so shakey when i return the vet has advised that i should leave him to get him used to it i have a crate and am thinkin of leavin the crate in kitchen unlocked with kitchen door shut while i work i walk him 2/3 times a day but i think im being cruel even thinkin about this help