Article: Dog crates: life savers or cruel boxes?: Great article, Lance

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Image Dog crates: life savers or cruel boxes?
By Lance Gardner on April 14, 2010

Many people seem to think that a crate is harmful to the dog in some way, so I should say right away that I disagree and here is why: When you and your dog are having a difficult day, he just chewed up your favorite quilt while lying down on your bed covered with dirt, you found a puddle in one room and a pile in another, and you are ready to resort to physical violence, restrain yourself, carefully put the dog in the crate, get a cup of calming tea or extra dark chocolate, and give yourself whatever time it takes to calm down without being concerned about what else your buddy may be up to.

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AlohaHoya
Apr 14, 2010 12:11 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
When our two labrador mix sisters were puppies, I finally threw up my hands and went with the 'crate' system where they had access to during the day and where they stayed in at night. At one a.m. every morning I would get up, take them out to 'widdle' (it was usually raining as it does most nights) and clap and praise for their expected performance. They were housebroken almost immediately. It was also their 'cave' and where they felt safest....Definitely like the crate system!!!!
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Imagecoconut
Apr 14, 2010 5:51 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
I knew someone who said "kennel up!" and his lab happily ran into his pen and sat down.

"How'd you do that??

"I feen him in there.

I have my own room, why can't my pets? Not to be used as jails.
Melissa

Image1AnjL
Apr 14, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I completely agree with the kennel system. Dogs naturally seek safe dens in the wild...why not have one in domestication too? My 4lb teacup poodle didnt need to be crate trained...he automatically goes into his den whenever he wants to...especially if he is scared or nervous.
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All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageLance
Apr 15, 2010 8:22 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you all for your encouraging comments. It is good to know there are plenty of others that agree with me. Should you encounter those that do not agree, send them on over to here to check it out. There seem to be too many people that try to make people out of dogs. Although we share some concepts, like being social and recognizing leadership, there are also many differences that need to be kept in mind to ensure a good relationship both ways.
I also just noticed that all of the paragraph breaks are missing. I hope to fix that soon, but not sure how. Thank you for reading an apparently very long paragraph.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagecoconut
Apr 15, 2010 12:09 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Paragraph breaks, double space after the end word. Or to make absolutely sure---I had this problem on blogspot once, space, dot, new paragraph, like
.
Hello.

OK, hope this helps
Melissa

ImageLance
Apr 15, 2010 1:40 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you for the article writing tip. I tried several variations, and nothing seemed to work. Oh well.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
BookerC1
Apr 15, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
Our beagle loves her crate. We don't shut her in anymore (she is completely housebroken) but she chooses to go in and lie down. It is her own personal, private space. We won't let our boys bother her when she's in her crate. We taught them that when she left the game and went in her crate, it was her way of saying she'd had enough and didn't want to play anymore. It made perfect sense to them!

ImageLance
Apr 16, 2010 6:48 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thank you, Angie. You are right, when she has had enough, this is an easy way for her to let others know. I am glad she is gentle with your children, and does not nip instead to say enough. A topic for another article, perhaps.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
BookerC1
Apr 19, 2010 5:26 PM CST
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL
Oh, she is just the sweetest natured little dog. She loves kids. When I was home during the day, she would start getting all happy and excited at about 2:30, because she knew it was almost time for the boys to get home from school. I chose her when she was just 5 or 6 weeks old, because out of the whole litter, she was the one that kept approaching us, and kept untying the bow at the bottom of my capri pants. Hilarious! I'm sure the others could have been socialized, but she was just such a people puppy from the start. I'm so blessed to have a dog that is so eager to please! Her only fault is that when she sees the neighbors outside, she'll bolt from our yard to go "visit" them. I can't blame her; they reward her with lots of petting and coddling! LOL I learned that for a while, they were feeding her cheese at their back door, which she would then come home and throw up. They finally did agree to stop feeding her people food, though I think they still sneak her a little something now and then.



denimangle
Apr 30, 2010 10:31 AM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
coconut wrote:I knew someone who said "kennel up!" and his lab happily ran into his pen and sat down.

"How'd you do that??

"I feen him in there.

I have my own room, why can't my pets? Not to be used as jails.


I tell them to go night night ... down the hall they all run cracks people up Rolling on the floor laughing
AlohaHoya
Apr 30, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I used to tell my Lab 'go to bed'... he didn't even argue! Now, my son....
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