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weazy779
21:05:21 Thu
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Dog Crate?

Sorry for bombarding with all these questions but what does everyone think about dog crates?

The breeder recommended one and I must admit what I have read about them make me think its a good idea. Not only for training purposes but also so she can have her own space and I can tell the kids that when she goes in there leave her alone (they are 9, 6 and 2 and very excited). I just cant help but feel like a dog shouldn't be in a cage. What do you all think?

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Get one!!!
Not only for the fact of saving your furniture, doorframes and any other chewable house items, but because ours love being able to get in theirs for a bit of quiet time.

We had one each for Mille and Buster when they were pups and they were fine after the initial whinning, when we got one out again for Ray, Mille squeezed herself in it and curled up and went to sleep:rollingeyes:

It may seem cruel when you first put her in there a she may not like it, but if you feed her in there and feed her treats etc she'll associate it with nice things and be happy to go in. We also found that they don't wee in them either so it'll help on the potty training too.

We found the cheapest place was ebay, they sell some new ones at a very reasonable price.

Hope that helps x:cheerleader:



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Have to admit that I am against crating, sorry. I do believe they have their place in some cases, but I don't think they aid training or anything else. If you have a destructive dog that you crate, you aren't teaching it not to be destructive? Although if you have a really destructive dog, then for it's own safety, a crate would be good.

My girls have their own "space" in the form of their beds - the kids are taught to leave them be when they are on them.

We have the odd incident (I recently lost a 60 pashmina to teeth marks courtesy of Tizzy), but generally they have been taught what's what and we trained the children at the same time!!




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ripBUSTER
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I guess it's down to personal choice and experiences. We got ours because Buster kept chewing the kitchen step when we left him, they were only left for a max of 2 hours and knew the difference between their toys and our stuff, but no amount of training stopped the chewing of the step and the corner of the kitchen wall, so it was cheaper to invest in a cage than a new kitchen floor and wall!
Mille also wet during the night, but putting her in a cage stopped that, we followed the guidelines and never left them any longer than 2 hours in them during the day, they had each other for company and when they got bigger we joined 2 XL cages together to give them more room. And when Mille stopped wetting in the night, they were both allowed to sleep upstairs in our room, initially they started sleeping on the floor, but some how they made it on the bed and never left!!!

I agree that it will never stop a dog from being destructive, but you'll be able to leave the house in the firm knowledge that when you get home you will still have a sofa left!!!:mischief:
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I dont use them
I prefare to train them without the use of a cage, i didnt even know what crates were 3 years ago, so have never used one
none of my dogs are destructive when left and all have their own bds

I suppose they are good if you want to use it as a bed, maybe cover it with a blanket and take the door off so the pup can come and go as she pleases.

If she has no problems then i dont see the need for one.
As he is a pup she can easily be trained without the use of a crate.



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shezell
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ave got a cage for Heidi, we did used to lock her in at night but it was a total disaster! but she likes it now cause its always left open and it sits in our living room and she can go in and out as she pleases, when she is given a telling off she sulks in her cage lol... its like her little safe haven, it would be a great idea to get one especially if u have got young children....

  
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I think get one but i must also say get a good one and get it NOW while she is tiny coz we only just opened our eyes to crate training in the last 2 weeks and scottbi has so far got out of it twice by somehow colapsing it!!! i have no idea how coz it takes all on for me to colapse it!!! very smart (bad) puppy.



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Heskey has a crate. He took to it with no problems, and potters in and out of it quite happily as it is open all the time (except when we are out and hes in it!) He ate two settees and obviously had no intention of stopping. We are getting rid of the cage when we move soon as he will live in the kitchen when we are out as its much bigger. (bigger than the cage and bigger than our current kitchen!)

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When we gor Rosie the rescue advised us to get a crate. In some instances they do have their uses. It did give her security, but if you have children and get one, make sure you cover the crate on all sides and top leaving just the door side/front uncovered so that the dog and the children for that matter know that the crate is taboo except to the dog. By the time Rosie was 8 months we were so fed up with the crate - they are big and you need to get the biggest you can get as they need to be able to sit down, stand up and move around, we dispensed with it.

We got a puppy crate for Katie as she was so tiny, we thought it would be her safe heaven - BIG BIG mistake. She screamed blue murder with the door wide open. When I say she screamed, I mean she screamed. For such a tiny pup she had one heck of a volume. We brought out Rosie's old crate to see if the big one would help, Rosie quite happily went into it, but would madam - no way - not on your nelly!!!!!!

Both crates were given away [rescue] and the girls have remained crateless ever since. I also have one out on permanent loan.

Just take into account that some dogs/pups accept them but others wont have them at all.

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