Ok first off I am two, now the problem I have not been in a crate since I was three months old. I was a quick student for potty training. So my question is how can mom get me to be relaxed in one now?? The reason is I am entered in my first Rally event and mom needs me to sit nicely in the soft sided crate while she checks the course. But I'm scared and mom is afraid that when it comes time to run the course that I will be upset and not do well. We have a whole month to work on this so any advice would be great.
Tell your Mom to put you in your nice crate, cover it with a blanket at night, take some valium, and go to bed. Then in the morning, leave the crate door open, with some yummy treats in it, as well as a kong. Make her put you in there for short periods of time, and tell her to plug her ears. A few days of that and you'll be good to go to your show..good luck!
Crating has recently become a popular practice often used on adult dogs by people who say that they are protecting their dogs. Often, however, it will turn out that the true reason for crating is to protect furniture or simply because itís convenient. But this practice deprives dogs of basic necessities, such as the freedom to walk around and look out the window, the opportunity to relieve themselves, and the comfort of stretching out.
Apparently, Horsemama prefers giving her dog the opportunity to chew a cord and get electrocuted, or eat something harmful that could potentially kill the dog, etc etc. But that's ok-at least he could look out the window before he died.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
Yes, just what the pups need, the opportunity to relieve themselves... in the house. Cruel to crate them, cruel to keep them outside, cruel to not let them outside and keep them indoors... I just can't doing anything right today.
I was laughing at some of the posts on this one. People at such opposite ends of the spectrum. One acting like the dog would be electrocuted and the other acting as if the dog was suffering if in the crate for even a moment. Moderation, people! = ) I believe it is wrong for any dog to be crated for 6 or 8 hrs straight, let alone for the poor dog to be able to hold its bowels for that long. ( could you hold it every day for 8 hrs? ) That is obviously wrong, stupid, and inhumane. But.....there is nothing wrong with crate use in LIMITATION. If a dog is crated all day and then all night, you shouldn't have the dog or should hire someone to help care for it. What happened to common sense and moderation?
Thanks for Asking Penn2, it has worked really well better then I thought it would since he had not been in a crate since he was 3months old. But as I stated he had to be in one so I can walk the course, and since my husband will be home watching the new pup I will be going to the event by myself. I know that this was posted a while ago but have been busy training, and with the new pup have not been on much.
Thanks again Penn2 for the answer to the other question that I PM to you.
I think at lot of the time it just depends on the dog, one of my dogs will just not settle in a crate and goes to the toilet almost as soon as you put him in it - so we don't use one for him. For my puppy it has become an absolute must, he has been seriously ill and needs to come with me everywhere and therefore we use the crate. He loves it, its his space and he loves it as much as my older dog loves his bed. We have an understanding if its in your crate you can do what you want with it, if it isn't don't touch it. He also needs to sleep in it because he is on steriods, and they make him pee loads, so I put him in it with an incontinence pad and he is fine. As I said I think it just depends on the dog.