|10-06-2013 11:20 PM|
It sounds to me that crates are being presented in a light that if a dog is in it, he/she is in trouble for being curious or bored. Predominately, a crate is a tool that should be used to create structure/routine. A crate should never be used in conjunction with discipline or punishment (not that this is how you're using it), as dogs are instinctively denning animals. I don't feel that a dog should ever be weaned from the crate (there are situations where this doesn't apply).
All of the GSDs I've had have loved their crates and never feared them as a source of unwanted confinement (not that yours is either). Properly used, a crate is one of the many tools that you can use to establish a great relationship with your dog and provide them with the den-like security they desire.
Chance is out all night now, but on the rare occasion that I have to leave him at home, the quick command "kennel," sends him happily to his crate. He's secure while I'm gone and I don't worry about "boredom destruction" while I'm gone. At the proper time, when his role changes, he'll be out of the crate while I'm gone, but even now, when the door to his crate is left open, I often find him sleeping in it.
|09-27-2013 06:02 PM|
Well I'm home for lunch and the house is fine. The floor in the kitchen, dining room, and living room looks like a day care center with all of the toys.
She took a nap on my bed because the bedspread is wrinkled. She's allowed on the furniture and she sleeps in my bed until I drop off at night so no rules broken.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed once again. I really hope this last week and a half of behaving hasn't been a fluke.
She has always trustworthy when I'm home even if I'm showering, or taking out the trash, or napping. She would never get into anything while I was around.
I'm certainly lucky to have her.
|09-27-2013 04:49 PM|
That's awesome. Bear was trustworthy after 6-8 months. I guess it really depends on the dog. I think Lisl created her own games with your shoelaces, it's amazing that she would undo them without destroying the shoes, lol!
I think that Lisl is a happy, well adjusted girl and you're lucky she's so well behaved
|09-27-2013 03:44 PM|
|WVGSD||I also made the mistake of letting a "good" eight month old puppy out of her crate - just while I showered before work. She ate some of my rug and worked at digging up the linoleum border between the kitchen and hall. She is now back in her crate until she can be trusted and she is 17 months old. I will try again soon, but she shredded a kitchen sink scrubby last week while I ate my breakfast - so it will be a little bit longer before she is trusted.|
|09-27-2013 01:47 PM|
I sure hope she stays good!
Sin never chewed anything and was always a good pup, we started leaving his crate open around 7 months old. He did great at night.
Then around a year old he ate my carpet and made a hole in the wall by my door when he was alone for 4 hours.
He was then kept crated until he turned 2 years old. He's been good ever since, it's been 2.5 years now and he still misses his crate.
|09-27-2013 12:57 PM|
|MichaelE||Lisl doesn't really mind her crate. She will go to it when I tell her, I just hate to see her have to be locked up in it for the better part of the day while I'm working.|
|09-27-2013 12:07 PM|
|Shade||That's great Delgado loves his crate and xpen and refuses to give them up lol|
|09-27-2013 11:55 AM|
Weaning Lisl from the Crate
When Lisl was five months old she figured out how to open the latches on her crate. I couldn't figure out how she was doing it and I still haven't.
While she was out she behaved herself for the most part. I have cables and signal wire running around everywhere, expensive instruments and recording equipment as well as what you would find in most normal homes today.
She didn't bother any of it. But, she loved to remove the laces from my Adidas shoes for some reason. I don't know why she would do this and not eat up the shoe as well, or any number of other shoes and work boots that I have.
I couldn't train her not to do this after four sets of laces in these shoes so I just started closing the door. I didn't want to do this as I wanted her to be able to have free run of the house but I didn't want to have to closet my shoes in a private room.
Last week I started trying to wean her once again out of her crate. At 11 months she has matured and is more disciplined than she was six months ago. I still keep the door closed to the room with the shoes and boots.
She hasn't chewed or drug out anything. She has left my books alone (three different book cases), cables and instruments are fine, and furniture has been intact. She has a large amount of toys to choose from and a lot of things of hers to chew on.
Last week and the first part of this week I would leave her alone no more than four hours at a time. Yesterday I increased that time to five and a half hours. Today, she will be alone for four and a half hours, and then I come home for dinner and then she will be by herself another five and a half hours.
I leave The Weather Channel on for her and a living room lamp. She's very excited to see me when I come in the door in the evening and I'm very proud of her potty training and her overall behavior in the house alone.
She hasn't had an accident in the house since she was three or four months. That is the least that I worry about when she is alone.
I thought I would let you all know how Lisl has been doing lately.