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Old 03-27-2011, 01:52 PM   #31
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I can see your reasoning on this but if a dog is reliable in the home, then crating ( if you really need to) for vet's visits etc should only be done when traveling in the car so training should only be given when these car trips take place. Iam at opposite ends on this one and have never crated and had no serious problems because of not crateing. As per the puppy handbook I was given when I got Nipper. It's a personal choice ATB
So you would do your initial crate training only when you need to put the dog in the car to go to the vet? Is going to the vets a favorite destination for the dogs? If not, by only training in that situation you may create negative associations with the crate. I generally don't need to crate my dogs around the house (curent medical situation aside) but I do think it is a valuable tool for puppies and untrained dogs so they can be managed while being trained. Like any tool, it should be used wisely. I do crate dogs when traveling (don't want dogs becoming projectiles in case of a wreck, or escaping if the door is opened by rescue workers, or thinking they need to defend me if I am unconscious. I also attend a lot of dog events where crating is a good opportunity for the dog to get some down time. I really want my dogs to love their crates.

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Great info! Wish I'd found this guide sooner
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #33
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i've just adopted a mini pinscher mix that was kept in his crate for more than the majority of a day by his previous owners so how different should my approach be towards making him like a crate again?

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i've just adopted a mini pinscher mix that was kept in his crate for more than the majority of a day by his previous owners so how different should my approach be towards making him like a crate again?
Hi Tommy and aboard to Df That is way too long to be in his crate by his previous owner Is he good in your house does he pee/poop in the house? Is he destructive in the house? If you answer no then no crating in needed apart from getting him used to maybe vet visits and trips outs, etc! So you could train him for those possabilities! No point containing him in a crate in the house unless there are other problems with him then other training is also important too to curb bad behaviour Oh BTW this is a old thread little tip try and start new threads especialy when they are old threads! Enjoy the forum
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I am a total pushover, so i never liked crate training. My buddy has a crate for his pup Max, and it makes me so sad. Ive had 3 pugs at different times over the years, and ive never crate trained them. As puppies they tended to curl up on my chest or in my neck to sleep, and as they got older (bigger) they migrated down to behind my knees.

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I am a total pushover, so i never liked crate training. My buddy has a crate for his pup Max, and it makes me so sad. Ive had 3 pugs at different times over the years, and ive never crate trained them. As puppies they tended to curl up on my chest or in my neck to sleep, and as they got older (bigger) they migrated down to behind my knees.
No nor me! And Nipper is my first dog! While some dogs may need to be crated for a few hrs. I still think some people think it solves all their problems, (When baby gates/playpens etc could easily suffice) and to be honest it doesn't! Where as training good behaviour in a dog does
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I need to crate train!! we started when Otis was a pup, we thought he was okay in it, but he panicked so bad one day he broke his toe, so I stopped putting him in. He is now destoying our furnature when we go out, even when I take him for a long run before hand, leave him a kong filled with treats he still chews up something.
I am going to try this method of putting him in the crate for 5 minutes while I am home. But I'm still afraid of him hurting himself again.

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Don't be (says the woman with no crate lol) I think if you make it a fun place to be he won't hurt himself again.
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I need to crate train!! we started when Otis was a pup, we thought he was okay in it, but he panicked so bad one day he broke his toe, so I stopped putting him in. He is now destoying our furnature when we go out, even when I take him for a long run before hand, leave him a kong filled with treats he still chews up something.
I am going to try this method of putting him in the crate for 5 minutes while I am home. But I'm still afraid of him hurting himself again.
Hi Firstluv! Is Otis a large dog? Have you considered other ways like spraying the furniture with some sprays that taste and smell awful to dogs there are various ones on the market some work some don't> Or contain him in a room just with his toys and filled kongs? Baby gates if he isn't a large breed!!
awen o leave the house did you gradually bulid up the time you before you came back home? You need to look at all other possabilities first IMO. I mean it's not a question of luck. Nipper did chew 3 of her beds and did chew some door frame in the kitchen but she was only a very young dog. now I can leave her in the living room with the telly on and say don't touch she knows what this means and I have always been consistant with this command and I don't give it a second thought when I go out I know when I return home she will still be on the sofa curled up! Prehaps a behaviourist could help you How old is Otis now?
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No nor me! And Nipper is my first dog! While some dogs may need to be crated for a few hrs. I still think some people think it solves all their problems, (When baby gates/playpens etc could easily suffice) and to be honest it doesn't! Where as training good behaviour in a dog does
Have you ever had a dog that needed to be strictly confined due to illness or surgery? or a dog that has had to spend extended time at the vet? or has had to travel by car or be transported? or needed to be kept contained safely because of structural or environmental issues in the house? Crate training is much more about ensuring the safety and comfort of the dog than you realize.
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