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    Panda has destroyed a few cords, If it is not plugged in its an easy target, If i am not home and its plugged in she will tried try untill she gets a shock. Which i dont think she has learnt because i have seen a few bite marks around. I understand this is a anxiety thing when i am not home. or boredom. She has alot of toys since shes a spoilt little brat. And i often leave treats for her to chew on while im not home. But she has managed to destroy my laptop cord. Which cost me $90 to replace.

    I am now crating her when i'm not home. I posted a thread similar to this on a facebook group i am on and someone had this opinion.

    "Everyone has a right to their opinion, so therefore..DOG MAGNETS does not condone or advise crate training, as..CRATE TRAINING IS WRONG!!!! behavioral problems that compel owners to crate train maybe be surprised by negative effects.. Owning a business surrounding dogs.. having grown up in a family with vets.. with my past training and experience with dogs.. not once have i been advised.. or have i advised any of my clients to crate train their puppies or older dogs. Crate training reduces the amount of exposure to different social and environmental situations. Crate training makes dogs more reactive ( fear and aggression). Crating a dog is highly stressfull for them and creates emotional and bahvioural problems. There are soo many ways to train your puppy or a dog who is displaying behavioural problems without using this method!!! I would spray anything that is safe for your dog on the item they are chewing on, than crate train!"


    My reply was this.

    My dog was already crate trained as a pup for toilet training, she often goes into the crate by herself and have a nap, she does not fear it. I respect your opinion, But i see it differently. A crate is meant to be a "safe zone" somewhere they can go if they are afraid or scared to feel safe, like a den, or a cave, or a kennel. In this case i rarely go out for to long as i don't like leaving the dogs very long.

    What is your opinion? I will most likely cover everything in some kind of disgusting thing anyway but yeah.
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    As they say, that's their opinion .. albeit a very strong one it seems. If crating works for you and your dog then I see no reason to stop it so long as your dog is fine with it and it's keeping her safer by restricting access to dangerous situations. Another option you could try is a play pen. I have one for Dex and that is his 'inside' space. Toilet training has never been a strong point for him so I don't give him free run of the house and having a smaller area seems to be more successful. Basically I have the pen up against a door with a pet flap in it so he can access outside, he's got a bed inside with some toys and water outside and a bed outside. The only things he has access to in the pen are things I put in there for him such as toys, treats and bedding, no curtains, no furniture, no cords, no cushions, nothing. This might be a better option, especially if you're going to be out for a bit longer. You can fold the pen up when you don't need it and bend the panels into whatever shape you need to get around furniture etc. It's probably the best dog related purchase I made when I got Dex.

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    I was just thinking her opinion was abit extreme, makes me wonder what she has seen. Maybe if i was a puppy mill my dog would have those issues.... or if she was an older dog with those issues already and then i just put her in a crate and the issues increased..... but my dog panda when she was 8 weekd old and started crating her at night right next to my bed very early on and she is fine with the crate now. I would rather crate her when i'm out for her own safety then come home and find my baby electrocuted to death!
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    My guys must really hate the one crate they share.......hate it so much they fight each other for it and then fall fast asleep in terror.

    To be honest the first time i saw a dog in a crate i thought it was cruel...no one likes to see any animal behind a cage. But then i started researching Bullmastiffs and i kept reading about crates so i decided to look into them and in the end....i bought one !!

    One of the best things i've ever spent coin on IMO. When both dogs had OP's i would have struggled to keep them quiet and calm without the crate. When they need time out from each other....yep....in the crate one go's. Toilet training Mojo was a breeze using a crate too. I'd recommend them to anyone.


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    If the only time the dog ends up in a crate is at the Vet or when it's forced in (and then the owner leaves it all alone all day), then yeah the dog may be miserable in the crate.

    But the American Humane Society recommends them.
    Crate Training : The Humane Society of the United States

    If you train your dog to love being in the crate - it becomes their safe place.

    I would respond to the post you got, "would they say that every vet that uses a crate for their patients is WRONG"? And every police dog handler, customs dog handler...

    Isn't it more wrong to have a dog eat an electrical cord or otherwise get itself into trouble or dumped for being impossible to manage when the owners need to be out (eg shopping for dog food or working to pay for it).

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    Exactly my thoughts everyone... I am not sure what she has seen but the group we are all in is a animal orientated group where everyone spoils there animals to death and not one of us would harm our dogs. It was just an odd opinion to have towards people she knew loved there animals. She made it seem like in no circumstances a crate should be used ever! But then went on to say she's never had a problem personally with her dogs. So like, what the hell? lol The thread has been ended now so i won't add anything to it as i tried to keep the peace since my friend is admin of the group.

    I just said i would rather keep my dog safe them come home and find her electrocuted to death, or burnt to death if my house burnt down in the process of her biting a cord and it sparking and causing a fire.... BUT THAT'S JUST ME! lol. My dog has been crate trained since day one so she is used to the crate even though she hasn't been in there in months before now as i have not needed it. But she is still perfectly fine with it. She even went in there by herself and was having a rest at one stage.
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    Exactly my thoughts everyone... I am not sure what she has seen but the group we are all in is a animal orientated group where everyone spoils there animals to death and not one of us would harm our dogs. It was just an odd opinion to have towards people she knew loved there animals. She made it seem like in no circumstances a crate should be used ever! But then went on to say she's never had a problem personally with her dogs. So like, what the hell? lol The thread has been ended now so i won't add anything to it as i tried to keep the peace since my friend is admin of the group.

    I just said i would rather keep my dog safe them come home and find her electrocuted to death, or burnt to death if my house burnt down in the process of her biting a cord and it sparking and causing a fire.... BUT THAT'S JUST ME! lol. My dog has been crate trained since day one so she is used to the crate even though she hasn't been in there in months before now as i have not needed it. But she is still perfectly fine with it. She even went in there by herself and was having a rest at one stage.
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    Sorry for the double post.
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    To be honest, if you put pohm in a crate, she's be very upset.
    so if she had watched that, then her opinion of it causing distress would be correct.
    Bernie on the other hand is crate trained, and crate = safe spot, undisturbed spot, treasure trove spot.
    He'll fall asleep fast in a crate. Mine collapses, is easy to transport, ergo, so it the dog!

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    I think Dex has mixed opinions about his crate. At the moment he only sleeps in it at night when I put him in there and that's the routine, he's fine with it and it means he can tell me if he needs to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. If I was to shut him in there during the day and go out, he would not be happy. Generally speaking if I leave his crate in his pen with bedding etc he won't go in there because being so very short he can't really step into it so he has to jump a little bit to get his chest over the 'lip', this usually causes the crate to slide a bit on the floor and make a noise which scares him a little. But the play pen is great for him during the day and his crate works at night.

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