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    Hey guys!

    I read about a lot of people crate train their puppies/dogs, but what is crate training and why do people crate train?

    Thank you!

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    I've never crate trained a dog until now. It was recommended to me to use a crate with a dog I was re homing, and it's the best advice I've ever received! It has made the transition of the new dog into our home so much easier, and now he is only crated at night to sleep in the laundry. I wish I'd known about this with other dogs I've had over the years. I'd reccomend it for any new dog/puppy

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    Crate training is providing a lockable, safe enclosure which essentially becomes you dogs den/safe space / inside kennel.

    You the training part is teaching them to accept that it's where they go when they need down time - either on a voluntary basis or on command.

    A nice, straight forward read is: RSPCA Victoria - Crate training your dog

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    If you get Susan Garrett's "crate games" dvd....

    It shows you not only how you train your dog to like being in the crate - and use it as a safe place for the dog to be when you can't supervise. I used it one time - for having lunch in the pub - no shaded car park available - dog went in crate in shade where I could see her from where I was sitting. It did surprise the old farmers - they usually just tie their dogs to the tree. And kept her safe from small child's fingers... he got to say hello when I was there to supervise. No idea where his mum was tho she showed up later.

    So you can also use the crate to train enthusiasm for any other training drill you want - like long stays, quick releases, recalls, self control... agility... body awareness,...

    Other thing it is good for is if your dog ever gets sick or injured and needs to spend a long time at the vet - they won't be freaked out by the crate - so won't need to be sedated as much if at all. Also handy if you need to leave a dog at the groomers - tho I'd rather wait with my dog.

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    I crate trained, because i noticed, that when i put my dog into a contained area, such as a toilet, or laundry, they settled fast. Less stimulation, less response.
    I knew therefore, that a small contained space, would allow me to contain the dog during visits of non dog people. I have large breeds. They intimidate my elderly relatives, and could knock them over, similar with small humans too.
    So crates come in handy.
    Whenever the dog has a bone, a crate is a guaranteed private space. No other dog can approach, steal his bone, and he can truly enjoy it in peace. Lesser ranking dogs dont get to keep bones around here
    If a dog is sick, i can isolate it from the others
    If a dog is lame, and needs confined rest, the crate steps in here nicely
    If your dog has bullemia, every time you medicate her with necessary tablets, like my bitch troll angel, this forces her to suck it up, or puke on yourself! so she doesnt. And the meds stay down till absorbed.
    When a certain nasty dog person visits, the dog that is most at risk is brian, for some stupid reason. he is unsure still around idiot, and so i consider him more and more 'reliable' but still unpredictable with strangers. He will sound a warning if i have missed his signals he's not ok. Into the crate with him, and i can relax, not having to watch the other 2, who know to avoid him.
    When we go camping, to new bush areas, i dont know what is out there, and so crate my 3 dogs, to prevent them hunting as a pack at night. Which they would love, but is not permitted.
    I have a crate that is covetted by my dogs. 1 crate, 3 dogs. Good things happen in that crate! They all want some.
    Crate training is awesome. Makes sense to provide a safe place, for your best friend. For when by your side is not an option

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    The first time i saw a dog in a crate (cage) ...i was shocked and thought it was bloody cruel. Then i actually read up on how and why people do it and i changed my mind big time. I've crate trained my Bullmastiff and i'm so pleased i did. We can take him camping now without worrying about him going walkabout during the night , but the best thing by far was he was very happy to be contained in it while he recovered from a surgery to his leg. He healed well because he wasnt trying to walk around to much and he was relaxed in a safe environment.

    Made toilet training a breeze too.

    I'd recommend it to anyone.


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    Yes, they do look shocking. Till you see how they all vie to get in one!
    luxury is the crate, pure luxury. I used to use a cage trailer for a previous pair of dogs to crate train them. They loved that cage trailer. It was sealed on all sides except entrance/exit gate.
    Crates rock. for 2 GSD's, 4 Rotties, and 1 bordeaux so far. And 2 kelpie lookin visitor dogs, and a SBT bitch, who loves the blankey lol

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    Here's two dogs that can't be lured out of the crate with food. Cos food is usually served - in the crate. So we're not coming out for nobody...


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    Thanks guys!

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    Hi, I have a question about crate training. We have a new dog, she's 5 months old. She was not housetrained so I decided to use crate training. I didn't have time to let her get used to it and go in voluntarily, I just have to make her go in. She resists a little but hardly a peep out of her once in. She sleeps all night in it and no more accidents in the house. She is obviously not resentful as she will go in and out confidently now when she's on the loose to get a toy or search for any treats she might have forgotten. So my question is, how long can she spend in the crate? She has not been taught good house manners and I have 3 small kids so I need to put her in there at times, when I am not in the room to supervise her with the kids and when I go out. Is this ok? She's in there for 2-3 hours at a time. I make sure she has a walk in the morning and some playtime/ nosing round the house time in between. She is learning manners so fast its amazing, she's settling down really well but at the moment I need to have somewhere to put her.

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