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    Crate training your dog.

    Why would you?
    1. To make your dog comfortable in a controlled space where the dog can feel safe.
    2. So you have a portable safe place for your dog to be at the vet, at training, at competition, at home.
    3. You limit your dog's opportunity to get into trouble when you can't be paying attention.
    4. A safe place for the dog to be if you lose your temper.
    5. A safe place for the dog to be protected from other dogs and children.
    6. Can assist with toilet training but will not work if you don't take the dog out enough times. Eg small puppies need two or three pit stops over night.
    7. Help train your dog a stay and a release (go play) with really clear criteria.

    Why wouldn't you?
    1. To punish your dog for doing something naughty or destructive. They don't understand and you always want them to see the crate as a good place.

    where to get a crate...
    Dog Cages and Crates in Australia | Vebopet.com.au

    or for the delux versions
    K9+ Soft Dog Crates : Australia

    You probably want to start with one that can't be chewed but some dogs will smash their teeth up on the wire mesh - so best to pay attention to how your dog deals with the crate.

    Crate training articles:
    Note: always get a pee/poop before you start crate training games. And take the dog out to pee/poop after you've finished the training too.

    Crate Training : The Humane Society of the United States
    RSPCA Victoria - Crate training your dog

    Crate Training DVD by Susan Garrett:
    (note for this one for a small puppy < 4 months old - do not try to get all of stage one done in one go - respect the puppy's ability to learn appropriate to its age - play for five minutes and then stop.)
    Susan Garrett's Crate Games

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    thankyou Hyacynth for links. Its been a few years, and wanted a refresh on the games in particular.

    I look at those gorgeous soft ones, and think.... I wonder if i will ever own a dog, that would not rip this to shreds in seconds. Much as i do those gorgeous looking dog beds all plump cozy and inviting.

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    Yeah I started my puppy in a bed of cardboard box and old towels.

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    er, some of us have not progressed far in 8 yrs!

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    gorgeous looking dog beds all plump cozy and inviting
    We see those things as inviting to lie on. Dog sees it as 3 minutes of joy of ripping it up...

    Susan Garrett trains her dogs not to rip up their toys by taking the toy away if the dog starts ripping...

    But I find it really hard to take that much joy from a dog.

    So I sometimes make toys designed to be ripped up eg get old tshirt or sweatshirt, cut it into ribbons, plait up the ribbons into ropes, plait the ropes a bit and tie some knots for a tug toy or stuff inside old sock inside old sock inside old skivvy sleeve etc to make something that can be shredded...

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    Removal if shredding. As its done sneakily here by that bitch, i wouldnt capture the behaviour.
    Sometime, acceptance is the training tool you need.

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    Wow, ive swapped my photo, and just caught site of it, and thought she looks kinda intimidating, like she might of disemboweled a few things.

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    A comparison of the pros and cons of tying a dog up vs crating, and a discussion of why dogs like crates (like wolves like dens).

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...-kennel-crates

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    Crate Vs Tie out lines article. Good article that demo's anthropomorphising of dogs by humans. The crate is a Den replacement, most natural thing in the world to a dog.

    I too was anthropomorphising that i would not like to be in a 'cage' which is why it took me 20 or so years, to be accepting of a crate. That and high drive pups, who can do a LOT of damage when unsupervised. But not in a crate

    These days, i seriously believe, that if you did 1. Crate Training and 2. Triangle of Temptation, you would have a great companion dog from these 2 games of training alone.

    I wouldn't be without mine. Nor would the dogs. But if i remove the crate, as i did when Brian moved out, they improvised and used the crate trailer in back garden with door secured in open position. And fought over who got that for the night's sleep. Dogs simply love crates!
    Last edited by bernie; 09-18-2015 at 06:07 AM.

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