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Autum - 297511   Caldwell, ID

3/20/2015 6:16:19 PM

I would love to crate train my dog; he's a chewer and tears things up when I'm gone. He has separation anxiety, also. The problem is he always claws at the door so much that it actually comes apart from the rest of the crate. Silly boy!

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Aj   Manteca, California

8/5/2014 9:00:32 AM

Those ideas are jenus but I have to agree with belpre I want my dog to feel safe

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beverly   livonia, Michigan

11/12/2013 9:18:57 AM

how do you stop a dog from biting

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

8/17/2013 4:11:43 AM

My dog loves her crate. It does not have a door on it any more. She goes in her crate and sleeps lots of times. We have a very strict rule in our house if our dog is in her crate you are not allot to put you hands in ad pull her out. This is totally her protected place, her den. If I ask her to go to her crate and stay she will. When we are at dog shows or travel she is in her crate. We usually put the door back on at this time. We never use the crate as a form of punishment.


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Drose427   Belpre, OH

2/10/2013 4:35:36 PM

I dont believe in using my dogs crate as a timeout place because I want him to feel safe and comfortable in his crate, not like its a punishment. I use our laundry room because theres very little if anything for him to tear up and all the chemicals and what not are very far from reach, even for my clever shiba

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liantsim   Waterloo, IA

2/1/2013 4:40:18 AM

Great article

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

11/12/2012 7:07:33 PM

Skiw9748 - 245881 - Hartford Al I have always used crates, It keeps them out of trouble and me peace of mine!! They like it even for down time!

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Marianne   Orange County, CA

4/20/2012 8:06:13 AM

We've been crating our little chiweenie puppy because she would chew on everything when we leave the house. We'd come home and find her pee pads shredded to bits. We've crated her for about 4 months now and it's really helped with the potty training too. But now that she's a little older (just turned one)we've started to leave her out of the crate when we're not home, first for just 15 monutes and the past 2 days for an hour. How do you know if they are ready to be left out of their crate when you're not home??

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2/17/2012 2:15:56 PM

I adopted a rescue Boxer/Shizthu mix 3 weeks ago and she's a love but she absolutely hates the crate. I've tried bribes and toys to get her in the crate -- nothing works. I have to physically put her in the crate and she cries and eventually barks. I can't put anything in the crate with her because she destroys everything while in the crate. Outside the crate, she perfect (except for running out the door -- it's impossible to catch her -- just have to wait for her to return. Any suggestions re. the crate would be greatly appreciated.


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Jessie   Pleasanton, CA

1/21/2012 6:46:04 PM

I think doggie crates are great. We got a new puppy (8 months) and used it for him to feel safe in a new home. He sleeps in it and has down time if I have to run errands. We never use it as a negative, if you do, good luck getting him back in.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

10/8/2011 11:09:14 AM

good article, thanks

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Just me   Stopdog theft, ON

8/25/2011 10:56:54 PM

Some dogs require crates to prevent your house getting destroyed while you are out. Other do fine without.

With regards to Lauren's backyard use, we never leave our dogs out when we are not home. There were a series of dog thefts from backyards in our area and the people never got their dogs back. It is never worth the risk.

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Vickie   Galveston, TX

7/20/2011 4:43:10 PM

My dog was 4 weeks old when introduced to the crate and took to it immediatley. I looked over and she was stretched out on her back enjoying her alone time. I have two, a metal one for day use and the covered carrier for night time sleep and travel.

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Sue   Three Oaks, MI

7/19/2011 10:25:06 AM

Crating is great if you get your dog used to it properly. The crate should be a positive thing. Dogs do like to have their own den.

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

7/18/2011 1:06:40 PM


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Lauren   Clovis, CA

7/18/2011 9:34:00 AM

Pretty good tips. But I just put my dog in the backyard when I'm not home.

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Sam   Tempe, AZ

7/18/2011 8:57:07 AM

Good tips. But people need to remember get them use to the crate gradually. When you begin ctrating them, don't just put them in the crate for an extended period of time and expect them to just lay down and accept it. Also, what kind of prior experiences does the dog have with the crate. We had a basset who had been put in a crate smaller than she was. So when we tried crating her (in a crate MUCH BIGGER than her, she would go ballistic. We decided she really didn't need to be crated, and we gave the crate away.

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Katrhy   Saint Louis, MO

4/25/2011 7:11:37 AM

I have never crated my dogs and I would like to with a black lab mix male I found. However the first time I crated him he went all over himself and made a huge mess. I believe he has separation anxiety. he goes number 2 even when he is not in the crate. I put him in the crate periodically when I am cleaning. He sometimes has put himself in the crate. My goal would be to have him in the crate when i am at work so he stops eating my house. I do let him sleep in my bed and I really like this. That would be difficult for me to give up. I guess I am the problem.

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CRussell   Riverview, FL

1/22/2011 8:33:43 PM

Sounds good. I will let you know how it goes our GSD pup is not coming home with us until Feb 5th. We have planned and he is from a retired police dog. I am hoping he will train quickly. lol

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