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Old 08-13-2008, 04:42 AM   #1
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Should i be crating my 8 week old Golden retiriever?

Tasha has the run of the living room and kitchen when i am awake and sleeps in the kitchen at night...she also likes lots of outside time amd will stay out for half an hour or so at a time(we have a 20 metre garden). She's generally sleeping alot during the day (as they do soo young) but, not on her bed by the side of the sofa... Am i giving her too much freedom?
Never had such a young pup before and i have never crated my older dogs as most of them have been given to me for various reasons after intial training. All 3 dogs I have owned have been 18 months plus. I have looked into crating, but i am in 2 minds...do ALL dogs benifit from being crated, or just ones with behaviour problems?

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Crates are fine if used correctly . I.e. They are not a place to put a puppy or a dog as a punishment, but should be used as a place of solace and safety. I used a crate for mine when they were puppies, as it kept them away from being able to chew through an electric wire which could result in horrific injuries if not in death. So one of the reasons I used a crate was to ensure the safety of my puppy.


Mine used their crate as a place where they could go and chill out when they had enough of the others. So crates have there re place, but it is a very personal decision as to whether you use a crate for a puppy or not.

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That is entirely up to you. My dogs have never been crated because they fear them (I assume it reminds them of being put in the traps at the racetrack), but I know of other dogs that have benefited enormousely from being crated, it gives them a feeling of security. My friends leave their crate under the stairs with the door open, with a blanket covering it. Although the dog has a bed in the living room, quite often he'll go back to his crate just for some quite time out of the way. It's kind of like his little 'den'.

Crates can be useful for puppies, because it keeps them out of mischeif and destroying things when you are not there to supervise them. However they can be used as a punishment tool, which is not right as the pup will then begin to fear the sight of the crate. And they definately shouldn't be confined in there too long.

So if you wish to use a crate for your pup, by all means, do, it depends entirely on your puppy.
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We've used a crate for our pup since she was 8 weeks and she loves it! Like the other members have said its a place for her to chill out. Especially when she gets tired or had enough of us!

Its important not to use them as punishment, and you'd be surprised how much space they take up!!

I would ask the question that if there is an age when you should stop using a crate?

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I use a crate for my pup I works wonders for us but as Borzoi said its everyones personal decision

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We've used a crate for our pup since she was 8 weeks and she loves it! Like the other members have said its a place for her to chill out. Especially when she gets tired or had enough of us!

Its important not to use them as punishment, and you'd be surprised how much space they take up!!

I would ask the question that if there is an age when you should stop using a crate?
There's no set age to stop using a crate, some people use them for life. That dog I mentioned in my post above is 4 years old now, and he's still using his crate, they use it as his den. If your dog feels comfortable in it, keep it. You never know when it may come in handy. Crates can often be useful for keeping a dog calm during thunderstorms/fireworks etc. Quite often they will retreat to their crate themselves, and they feel its their secure area.
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The crates should stop them going a toilet at night to if you don't get a massive one as dogs don't like going a toilet where they sleep, but if you get one that is too big they will go a toilet in one end and sleep in the other, so this might help if she isn't 100%, but if you do want to keep her in one until she is older most now have a divider so you can section off a area for when she is little and give her more room as she gets older.
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The crate has been good for toilet training Oscar. In the first few days, I put him in the crate for 5 mins every hour then took him out to the toilet. He whined and cried in the crate but now he's used to it. If pup goes into the crate of their accord that means they like it, which is good news. I was totally anti-crate because I thought it looked like a cage. However, it does keep them safe. Even in a totally safe area, they always find a way to get to something.

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Thanks for all your replies... i can see now its a very personal choice. I spoke it over with the vet this morning and i have decided to leave it for now .. I enrolled in puppy training classes for 3 weeks time (after he final jab) and also then we will be attending the puppy party as well!
If after a few months i am advised by the trainer she needs on i will then re think the crate training!!

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Good luck with everything. It is a personal choice. I was completely against it but I was pushed into getting a crate. I am SO glad I did. Oscar loves it. At first, he cried and cried. Now, he goes in there of his accord when ever he needs "chill out time". I think if he'd continued to hate it, I would not have continued. A puppy party?? Sounds fun!! Let us know how it goes. Oscar has his 2nd jabs tomorrow and then in a week's time, we go walkies!

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