Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Southern California
I mean here's the thing. You allow a dog to tear up crates at home without ever addressing it properly. The trainer doesn't want his equipment damaged so he puts the dog in a crate he can't chew out of and your dog breaks teeth because its so frantic for escape that worked before and has never been addressed that that happens. It sucks. It is very hard to watch a dog like that 24/7 and really that is what is required. The dog must be monitored 24/7 so that it can be corrected for trying to chew on the crate. You have to set it up to where the dog doesn't believe it is being watched. It is a huge huge huge pain in the ass and if I had it my way and I was to charge a client for care of a dog like that or training to get rid of it I would charge at least double normal prices for board and train. I'm not about to let a dog break its teeth doing stupid crap like that.
The crate thing needs to be addressed. Period. It is not acceptable to have a dog that can't be contained without escape or possibility of self harm. Hugely unacceptable. That being said it can happen sometimes. I've had a dog that was doing board and train and the go homes had started and the dog never showed signs of trying to break crate to get out. We have 5 days of go homes and after the first day the dog saw its owner through the crate door and had a **** fit it was so excited to see her that the dog fought correction and waiting for over 10 minutes to chill out so we could let the dog out (we never allow a dog out when its super excited or whining). During that time it was corrected a few times for biting the front bars of the crate. It didn't break teeth then, but later that night when everyone was at home the dog went at the crate for the first time it had been there and broke a tooth in the process. Unfortunate? Yes, but it does happen.
If the dog shows predisposed history of that behavior I watch them like hawks. I hate dogs like that. You are a crappy owner if you ever let your dogs get to that point, and believe me it is your fault for not addressing it early in life.
You will walk when it is time to walk