Re: Dog shows/crating advocacy
One time, I saw her bring in a crate and discuss it. But in England, dog crating is not nearly as widespread as it is here in the US.
ANYTHING can be abused. I think that some people do abuse crates, use them for far longer than they are needed, and can never trust the dog.
I believe that teaching a dog to accept their crate is essential, but beyond that, my goal is to not need them at all. With multiple dogs, I will never leave my intact bitches and dogs alone together in the house. Too much could happen. At night I crate them. But I can take any one of them up into the rest of the house and not use a crate at all.
I agree that for puppies especially, leaving an untrained dog alone in the whole house is asking for big trouble, surgery or death of the puppy is very possible.
However putting the dog in a box is not training. Training is what they are doing, not managing. Just like slapping a prong collar on a dog is not teaching him not to pull. It is a quick fix and without training the dog, you will have a dog that pulls when you change the collar. So instead of passing you a bandaid they are actually trying to show you how to modify the dog's behavior.
We Americans want everything right NOW. And a crate can do that for you. It will keep the dog from chewing the couch. If that keeps the dog from being chained out back well, ok.
Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.