the dog i have now is the first dog i crated. i never used the crate as a punishment. i never left my dog in the crate longer
than 4 hours. i always had someone come in and take my dog
out for potty breaks and treats.
i stopped usuing the crate when my dog was 4 months old.
everything was fine untill he turned 8 months old. at 8
months old he decided to eat the house and funiture. so,
back in the crate you go. i stopped crating him again
when he was 15 or 18 months old. my dog is 2.5 years old
now and everything has been fine without the crate.
my dog started going to his crate for naps. sometimes
when you treated him he would go to his crate to eat it.
many times during the night he would leave our bedroom
and go to his crate. the crate is our friend.
no i dont, i really hate to crate her though, she has never been crated before, we've only had her two weeks and we adopted her from abusive owners,