Comments on 8 Great Reasons to Use a Dog Crate

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jeanne   ponca city, OK

2/22/2009 6:05:57 PM

Very useful information. Thank you

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Natalie   Argillite, KY

1/26/2009 11:35:34 AM

Great Article! Thanks:)

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janet   bethlehem, PA

11/6/2008 4:30:12 AM

good article thanks

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andrea   hamilton, OH

7/21/2008 6:50:43 AM

thanks for the info

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bill   cottonport, LA

7/12/2008 4:09:04 PM

very good thanks'

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megan   somewherein, OH

5/27/2008 9:30:06 AM

thanks for the
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Maureen   Waubaushene, ON

4/14/2008 6:42:10 AM

Me again. I just want to clarify. We did multiple stops on the way home and took her out of her crate each time for food and water and bathroom breaks. She played around a bit to burn a little energy on her leash. She was not leash trained and so we restricted her to an area where we could reach with the leash..we had 5 foot snowbanks at the time.. When it came time to put her back in her crate, she had to be put in it the first few times and did indeed put the brakes on, but we kept calm and reassuing. The moment we closed her crate we did not have any eye contact or talk to her until the next stop. Resist the urge even if it is your living room to say good dog as that will ensure that she has your attention. Say good dog when you take her out and praise her. We had a golden retreiver rescue 17 years ago, who took 2 hours to settle down. I cannot imagine breaking it off too soon and having to repeat the exercise, but I will tell you..it was mighty tempting. We stayed the course and he eventually gave in and had a well deserved nap. When he woke up, he went out for bathroom duties and some fun. It was all over, but it was tough on our nerves and emotions, but most beneficial in the long run. He lived to be 17...

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Maureen   Waubaushene, ON

4/14/2008 6:29:59 AM

Our dog house trained in a matter of days and loves her own private spot. We originally borrowed a crate for the drive to get her, but we now have invested in one of her own that she will grow into. She loves it. When she first went in her crate - the day we picked her up - she made a fuss and started to whine and cry, but we did not talk or look at her in the back seat and within the first four minutes she settled in for the ride home. It was a 6 hour drive and each time we stopped she whined a bit, but we completely stayed silent - my husband and I did not even talk for those few minutes she was fussing - and by the time we had our last stop, she jumped in and laid right down. It was really that simple. Do not give any eye contact or talking to your pet. Stay in the same room so they do not suffer separation anxiety at the same time, until they calm down. If you break and yell or make eye contact they will know they have your attention and puppies and dogs are very quick learners. You will set them up for failure instead of success. Good luck..

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ashley   SSP, MN

3/19/2008 9:14:17 PM

My puppy is 8 months old and is crate trained, but he still yowls and howls, depending on his crate and the situation. So, now we stick our other dog who has acquired some bad household habits in the kennel along side the pup, he enjoys it much better that way.

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drew   arcade, NY

3/5/2008 2:32:34 PM

never thought about crates as a dog toy. it doesn't seem that safe to me.

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Pat Germann   Searsport, ME

2/24/2008 4:52:57 PM

My Dachshunds, Doodlebug and Ladybug are both crate trained. All I have to say is cookie time and off they go into bed. When the grand kids come to visit they have a safe quiet place away from the over excited children. This is the best thing I have done for my little dogs is to give them a safe, quiet, comfortable place all of their own.

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connie   franklin, OH

2/21/2008 4:54:13 PM

Great Article!

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andrea   hamilton, OH

12/18/2007 3:23:39 AM

good article...thanks

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Calli   Menasha, WI

11/5/2007 4:45:32 PM

I have just one question; I've tried everything to get my 4 year old Pomeranian to find comfort in her kennel but nothing seems to work. Also, it's a plastic kennel with small wholes along the top, should I purchase a wire kennel so she could see her surroundings and maybe calm down and stop
barking.
Please write a new article to answer this question.

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Donna   Kent, OH

10/27/2007 7:55:44 AM

At first I was against "crate use" but after using the crate for a few months I begain the see that the dog preferred the crate to any "open and free" bed.

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Mary   Battle Creek, MI

9/16/2007 5:32:48 PM

These are great tips!!!!!!!!!!

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pervinder   Batavia, NY

8/10/2007 8:38:46 AM

good stuff .. esp. tip # 1
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i would suggest to also , not have water bowl available , say , after 7 - 8 PM ; and also , have the puppy go potty outside , just before final time in the crate for the night

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Alyssa   Allegan, MI

1/11/2007 11:06:28 AM

I think these are great ideas. But how do you really know they work. I bet they do work though. I don't have a puppy yet, but I bet once I get one I'll use these ideas from this article. Thankyou for the good Ideas!

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Marissa   Bloomfield, NY

1/4/2007 5:09:12 AM

Well I think this is very helpful when you are thinking of getting a New puppy. So you know what to do and what you need. This helped me
alot.
Thank-You

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Daniel   Pueblo, CO

7/14/2006 7:23:02 PM

Daniel again Sorry a 3 yr old boston terrier

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