The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I'm with the "crating is good" school of thought. Though I rarely crate as my two are now very reliable loose in the house, and I would prefer them to be loose in the house and have a bit more freedom to move around, look out the window, bark at squirrels and magpies, etc, than to be crated all day. However, I have no issues AT ALL about crating dogs that have not attained (or never will attain) that level of trustworthiness. I would crate without a second thought if I didn't feel that leaving my dogs out is safe.
Plus, when I leave them out and I am gone for the day, they are in separate areas of the house - so far they are excellent together, but Keeta likes to fancy herself as the Queen of the Household, and Gryff is fast approaching the age where he may not want to be second fiddle anymore, so separated they are.
Of course there are people that abuse crating - that does not make crating inherently bad, just as any training collar is not inherently bad, it is how it is used.
I have a cat that is crate trained - at meal times she runs to her crate and waits for me to open the crate door to let her in. I started crating her because she was soiling on the carpet - so she gets a crate with a litter box all to herself. I can tell you that 98% of people out there would have "gotten rid" of this cat a long time ago. Instead, she is fat and happy and safe, and loves her crate.
I have no problems with people holding different philosophies on crating, and choosing other ways to manage their dogs. Often the issue that brings out the heated discussions on the forums is the quite overt, and sometimes more subtle, accusation that crating is cruel, and only used by lazy people. If someone chooses to not crate their dog, and have found other ways to keep their dogs safe when they are away, more power to them! But to either insinuate or openly assert that people who crate their dogs are being cruel and should not own a dog, well, that is rude, insensitive, arrogant, and actually, wrong!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015