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Crates, Pros & Cons how many owners crate.

Do you crate your dog? Reasons why. In travelling or at home, or both.
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Yes, because the dog is young and has D R I V E.

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Every dog I have had has been crate trained and that will always be the case. It is safer and less stressful for them in emergencies.
At home they are crated dependent on personality and training level. Sabi was hardly ever crated, her BFF Lex was crated when we had guests. Bud and Shadow are on crate and rotate to prevent fights, he is fairly insistent that she does not need a head, and Shadow is crated while I am at work to prevent her standing on the stove and climbing bookshelves to chase shadows. Kiera was crated while I worked after she dove through a pane of glass. Any rescues I have are crated until personalities are determined.
When my old house caught fire we saved all 9 dogs by simply carrying their crates outside where neighbors dragged them a safe distance. When the gas stove ignited I yelled kennel and all of them dove for crates. How much longer would it have taken to find leashes and collars and folks to hold them safely? As it was we had us and the dogs out in under 3 minutes. We shoved the crates out the door and the neighbors just dragged them out to the sidewalk.
When I travel the dogs are crated in the vehicle and in motels.
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I started crate training in 1986 on the advice of a friend & never looked back.
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My dogs have crates in both vans, in the kitchen for feeding, and I have crates I keep at the place I do agility, also xtra crates in the one van for going to trials. Baby dog has a crate in the bedroom. I use mostly wire, I have 3 soft sided crates which are packed away for good.

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My dogs can stay in a crate without stressing, but we rarely crate them. The only dog I have that was crate trained from a puppy (only at night) was Kaleb. I did not trust him not to destroy the house. When He was around 7 or 8 months he was allowed out of the crate at night. He has not destroyed anything.


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I crate train for house breaking purposes. My house is fairly dog-proof, though, and I usually start allowing them out of the crates when I'm gone around 7-9 months of age. After that they're rarely crated.


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The breeder had started crate training so when I brought her home, the crate was no big deal. I taught her to go in her crate when I say "night night" and she caught on very quickly. I stopped using the crate when she was about 5 months old as she is fine when alone. She will occasionally go in it on her own to nap and I've crated her when the plumber was doing some work. I'm in the "crates are good" camp.

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Yes, I crate. Pros: Safe for the dog, safe for my house, useful in teaching a multitude of things (house breaking, impulse control, etc). Makes it loads easier when traveling, vetting, visitors come, etc. Cons: None, that I can think of.

My male has been given freedom of the house since 2 years of age, but we do crate while traveling. My female is 10 months and will probably not be trusted to be loose in the house until at least 2 years old.
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Yes I crate on advise from this forum. Our guy was destroying the house at night or if left at home. When we got it he went in like he had always had one and even now that he stays out he goes in to sleep at night or if he needs a break. It became his home and where he feels comfortable and secure. I honestly don't see anything wrong with them. We hardly ever close the door now but keep it because he loves it.
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