Article: Dog crates: life savers or cruel boxes?: crates

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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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Apr 16, 2010 9:28 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
I used to think that crate training was cruel. NO MORE as we are older and just a 3 month old puppy and she would wake me at 4AM to play and go potty and there was NO WAY we could leave her at home finally said ok to crate. She now wants to go in at night...and gets up about 7AM with me and does not do mess in the house and we can leave her alone on too long a trip for her to go, most times we take her with us as she loves to travel and is not a up in your face or windows she looks around and then lays down and you do not hear from her until it is time to stop!

Great article BTW

Denise Stewart

Apr 17, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I am glad it worked out well for you, and thank you for the comments.
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Apr 30, 2010 10:29 AM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
I agree Crate/kennel training is the way to go . Dogs like to have a place of the own denning up is a dogs way of life. I keep my kennels open during the day for them to come & go as the please and find my dogs taking naps in them or they will but them selfs to bed if im not on time .
I don't allow them in my bed they need one of their own ,

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