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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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My friend asked "Why do you crate?"

Hi all,

My friend, who has had several dogs, asked me why I crated my 2 GSDs?

Honestly, I went completely blank. Of course after the incident, I knew it is primarily because of the overall safety when I cannot supervise my dogs. She thought it was cruel and something she would not do with her dog she said.

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I used to ask the same question (in fact I did on this forum) until I owned a GSD. Point taken.
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Thanks for sharing that, it is much appreciated.

She said she also owned a mastiff and never crated that dog she said, I guess back in the day it was standard.
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I have a boxer that I've never crated. In the past I've also had a pit bull, aussie, lab, and a couple gsd crosses (not with as much gsd temperament) and lived with a dalmation. I have never seen the damage I have come home to with a bored/separation anxious gsd puppy/teen/???
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My friend asked "Why do you crate?"

Wow!

I think I'm getting a better understanding about the GSD breed - they're quite unique if I read your thread! If I'm correct they have more drive than most other breeds then?


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You know, growing up I had dogs that were never crated. Our family dog (shes mine now though) is 16 and wasnt ever, and still is not crated. When shopping for a GSD, a crate was the first thing I bought. I guess I never thought twice about it. Luckily I did crate train him, because he can't be trusted around the cats. And GSD's are just so much more intelligent than some breeds, that if home alone and bored, can let their minds get the best of them. I figure, hes safer in the crate, the cats are safer, and the house is safer. I really appreciate his crate and it is anything but cruel (just ask him - he friggen LOVES his crate...not even kidding..)

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My friend asked "Why do you crate?"

Thx for sharing your info! And, yes, after reading your thread I realized that our GSDs are in the top 3 of the most intelligent dog. I recall my mam saying the same thing about crating is cruel - until one day she had to babysit our now 14 month old Pebbles


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You have to consider also that a crated dog is not going to experience as much stress when it goes to the veterinarian, or drives in a car.

I have seen the destruction and some dogs seem to be that way moreso than others. I have had some crate free (with the door open so they could come and go as they please) at 6 months.

I have one who will be 2 in July and if he were not crated, he would probably be dead due to his insatiable curiosity. Fortunately he is just a destructo dog - no separation anxiety - calm cool and collected in his crate. He just figures out ways to get into places he shouldn't (most recent opening a door) cuz boys just want to have fun.

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I used to get so mad at my brother for crating, until I got my pup and learned more about it =) last night he came in from outside jumped on the bad, we cuddled for 2 minutes until the shark mode turned on, and off to the crate he went!

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I started crating because of potty training/ giving me a break/ safety when I'm not home. Now, when I say "go to your crate" he happily goes in for his daily naps. I think he likes it because when he's in his crate, he's 'off duty.' When we let him nap outside his crate, he still keeps tabs on us and moves with us, etc. So he relaxes and gets better sleep in his crate I think. At night, when were sleeping, he seems to do OK sleeping out of his crate since there's less activity. He's 6mo
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