There are many very good reasons you should crate train your bulldog, and no reason not to that I can think of. Dogs need their own place where they can go and rest and be left alone. A crate that is just their “space” is perfect for this. An uncrated dog can and will destroy the house if left unattended or alone for long periods of time. Crating makes house training your dog very simple and easy when done correctly. Crating also helps to teach them to eat when you want them to. Not to mention being a place where you can safely put your dog out of the way when the mother-in-law comes over for dinner.
Be aware though that a dog crated ALL of the time WILL develop crate sores and also become lame. Dogs need freedom of movement each day as well as exercise, just like the rest of us.
Why do we have to get up in the middle of the night to potty the dog?
Dogs are creatures of habit, and it is up to you to figure out a schedule for your dog to eat, exercise, rest, play, and potty. It may take some time for you to figure out the best schedule for your dog, but once you have it, stick to that schedule the best you can. Let your dog out to relieve him or her self right before you go to bed, and then put your dog to bed in the crate. The first thing you should do each and every time you let your dog out of the crate is to let it out to potty. Make sure you give your dog enough time not to just urinate, but to move the bowels as well. Never strike at or kick your dog for an accident in the house! Show him / her the mess, say bad dog, and put him or her outside immediately to finish relieving him or her self.