Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Crate training is an awesome tool. It's good to keep dogs seperated and out of the way when needed, too. Since you don't know how your dog is going to mature and mesh with the rest of your pack, leaving them loose together is a terrible idea when you're gone.
My current pup (15 week old Border Collie) was a breeze to crate train. A few chewies in there and he slept through the night just fine, didn't whine or bark much if at all; when he had to go.
Keeping it positive and short for the first while is the way to go, and never letting the dog out if it's barking!
Danielle, owner of...
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