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What does the dog think?
First, you must understand what the crate represents to the dog. Dogs are by nature den creatures -- and the crate, properly introduced, is its den. It is a safe haven where it does not need to worry about defending territory. It is its own private bedroom which it absolutely will not soil if it can help it. Judicious use of the crate can alleviate a number of problems, stop others from ever developing, and aid substantially in housetraining.
Where is the crate? It should be around other people. Ideally, set it up in the bedroom near you. Have the dog sleep in it at night. Dogs are social and like to be around their people. Don't force it into the crate. Feed your dog in the crate.
Can they be abused?
Certainly. Anything intended for a dog can be abused. That doesn't make it wrong; it does mean you need to know what you are doing. Things to remember:
The crate must be large enough for the dog to stand and turn around.
A puppy should not be left in for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.
An adult dog should not spend more than about 8 hours a day in one.
No dog should be forced to remain in a soiled crate. You must rearrange time spent in the crate to avoid this happening in the first place.
Not all dogs require constant crating; most can be slowly weaned off once they get older and you can trust them more in the house,
Properly introduce dogs, especially older dogs, to the crate. Most dogs like their crates, but not all do so immediately.
Even when you are no longer using the crate regularly, leave it available for napping. A crate trained dog is always more easily handled: in the car, at the vets, when travelling, etc
Everyone says I should get a crate for my dog. Why? I don't want to put my dog in a cage!
If dog crates were designed to look like little dog houses, it might be easier to convince people that they're -- not -- cages! First, let's talk about what a crate really is and how they can improve your relationship with your dog.
Long ago, when dogs were still wild animals, they often slept in dens - shallow holes they dug in the ground hidden away in places where they felt safe from predators. These were small, dark places, just big enough to turn around in and to lie down comfortably.
Even after centuries of selective breeding and living in people's homes, dogs still retain some of their ancient instincts. One of these instincts is the desire to have a den - a small, cozy place of their very own where they can feel safe and secure.
A "crate" is just a modern version of a den. In other words, it's a dog house within your house. Just as you enjoy having your own room where you can go for peace and privacy, your dog likes having his own room, too!
As well as giving him a safe, cozy place to stay, crates can make training your dog a lot easier. Housebreaking goes much faster when you use a crate and destructive chewing becomes easier to control. Traveling is safer for both you and your dog when he's in a crate. As you may have unhappily discovered, it's very hard nowadays to find a motel that allows pets. Many motels, though, allow -crated- dogs. Finding a rental apartment that will allow pets is becoming next to impossible but many landlords can be persuaded to accept tenants with crate-trained dogs.
thedude wrote:Crating a dog is fine, if it is done right. Puppies should only spend 3 or 4 hours in a closed crate. No dog should spend more than 8 hours in a crate. Crating is NOT cruel, if it is done properly. It sounds like you are not doing it right. A puppy takes time to train. You need to do it right.
StlSluggers wrote:thedude wrote:Crating a dog is fine, if it is done right. Puppies should only spend 3 or 4 hours in a closed crate. No dog should spend more than 8 hours in a crate. Crating is NOT cruel, if it is done properly. It sounds like you are not doing it right. A puppy takes time to train. You need to do it right.
Yeah, we crate-trained both our dogs as puppies. Once they got accustomed to it, we let them run the house all day.
We wanted them to be fine with crates if we ever needed to kennel them or take them somewhere. It's a great thing for a dog to be accustomed to, but it shouldn't be a care technique.
but he still sucks....how much suck has your dog caused?
shawngee03 wrote:we have agreed to get it trained...but gosh darn it it cost so much. hopefully the training will help
shawngee03 wrote:yeah sounds like i just need to spend more time excercising with it. walks are always fun for it...i let him go wild at a park we have close to our house....so ill try and do that more often.
she has suggested we get another dog so it will have a friend
my reservations are that we dont spend enough time with the one we have(as we both work), so two will mean more trouble. but she seems to think having 2 dogs will make it better...as they will have each other to play with...thus tearing up less stuff
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