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    Default Crate training - yay or nay?

    I've been thinking a little about getting a crate for Chopz (9mo terrier cross). My older boy (5yo) is well past the training stage, and doesn't have much need for one. The main reason that I'm thinking about it is is for nighttime (sleeping). He can get excessively playful and noisy at pretty inappropriate times of the night and (very early) mornings. Particularly if I get up to go to the toilet/OH gets up for work at an ungodly hour/I take one of the dogs out to the toilet. It is tiring, especially for OH who works long days. I think it may also be useful for when his puppy excitement gets the better of him, ie: when we get visitors. I also think he might just generally like having his own "Den". Oh, and maybe it would be good in the car also?

    I have a couple of questions though:

    1. Will having a crate for one, and not the other be a problem? I'd think about crating Duke, but I don't think he "needs" it.
    2. People that use crates, are yours like this or more like this
    3. Do people use them in the car? Chopz can get a bit excitable in the car too.

    Anyway, I'm basically interested in any info/experiences from people who do or don't use them for whatever reason. I haven't done enough research yet to make up my mind

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    I crate train all my dogs, but use them very little...i use them at show and some Obedience events/seminars where they tell you no crate no dog. It is also useful if you go to non-dog people's places to stay and as you said if your dog needs some time out or you need time out from the dog. And if your dog has surgery, like my Katy-bear it makes it a lot less stressful if they have been crate trained.
    So after all the waffle.......My answer is Yes
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    We use ours when taking the dog camping. It's his little home away from home and he sleeps well. Plus all the reasons Newfsie mentioned...another vote for YES !!!


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    I can see the merit in them but I personally never have. I use harnesses in the car. If any are being a pain I just shove them outside, go back to bed and put in earplugs so I don't hear them scratching on the door to come in. The others will wake hubby when they want to go out. They can always be locked in the dog yard if need be.

    This works for us as I have no neighbours to worry about.

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    Oh by the way no crates in the car..........our crates are too large, we use harnesses
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    Definitely the second crate. Soft crates are used under supervision only, especially if the dog has never been in one before it will just be torn to shreds.
    I use the second type but put a blanket or sheet (depending on the weather) over the top and sides to make it feel more enclosed and secure.

    Even if you don't use a crate all the time it's still a good idea to get a dog used to being in one, you never know when they will be injured or have to travel in a crate and training beforehand will make the experience less traumatic for them.

    Oh and I occasionally use them in the car, it depends on the circumstances. One of mine is timid around certain other breeds so if he is travelling in the car with them he goes in his plastic pet pak so he can't see the other dog.

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    I didnt see those links sorry...i'd go for the 2nd one aswell but only because it's what i use. They are very easy to use, clean and collapse.


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    I dont use crates at all so its a nay for me.

    My dogs sleep in their own room and they know better than to wake me at ungodly hours unless its an emergency.

    I can see the merits for them however, and I do have crates which are used for injuries. And when I do crate one, I crate the other also. But even with injuries I dont always use them, I just make the dog go on his bed, or I block an area around the bed if I need to.

    Like I said though, nothing personally against them and they can be handy in certain situations. Its just not a tool I personally use.

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    we do use a crate for Koda but not for dodge.
    we mainly use it in the car, when we take koda out... dodge usually goes in the back of the ute, but she will happily go in the crate if we want her to.
    we also hope to start using the crate for camping, that way you know your dog is safe at night!
    oh and we use the second option, easy to pack away and easy to clean!

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    Frosty spends time in her soft sided crate every week at agility training. That particular crate usually lives in the car - just in case I need to put her somewhere safe and the car isn't ok - cos of the sun cooking dog inside factor.

    I use it a lot, travelling. And for dog training seminars. And she loves it. At training - she drags me to it. At home, I used to have the metal one set up next to the couch and we'd do promite toast training ie she runs in the crate on command and gets promite toast - one of her favourite treats. So when I eat promite toast now - she goes looking for the crate and sits around the corner of the couch looking at me. And I get to think up a bunch of other things she could do to earn a bit of toast. It's very funny.

    The other reason to crate train - is so dog is comfortable with the idea should they need to spend time at the vet or be confined at home. I sometimes use it when I have visitors too. So she can be in the same space as us, but she's not all over the guest licking them to death - and I don't have to hold her lead when I'm making a cuppa for us.

    And I also use it if I am shifting a lot of stuff in and out of the front door - ie so she can't nick off down the street.

    And if she shows an inappropriate interest in a tradie - she goes in the crate so he can do his job safely. I don't know what it is about home, but sometimes she just wants to kill visiting blokes. Mostly she ignores them or is friendly if we're out and about.

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