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    Default Crate Training

    Hi, I am getting a puppy in a few weeks and as I was researching I came across the term crate training. What is this? Is it a good or bad thing to crate train puppies? I'm just curious.

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    A lot of people do crate training, but I had never heard of it until I joined the forum. It is a personal choice.

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    I was thinking of crate training my puppy im getting on saturday, I never heard of it either until a few months ago but i definitely want to try it, at least until he is toilet trained. I have a play pen made as well for when I cannot watch him until I am comfortable he and my other dog can be left alone in the house without me.

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    It's perfectly safe as long as you don't leave a puppy in for longer than it can handle. And i have read somewhere to make sure your puppy isnt wearing a collar as it can become stuck on the bars

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    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I only use crates when my dogs are puppies....until they are potty trained. It has become very much 'the fashion" for a lot of trainers to use crates a lot for dogs..i know some really good Obedience people where the dog spends a lot of time in the crate and out time is mostly training...this is so that the dogs love doing their obedience. I have no issues with some crate use, but i prefer my dogs out and about in the house...I am glad that we did have a crate background for katy when she got injured, because she had to be crated for her welfare

    Some more anxious dogs also feel very safe in their crates, I prefer "place" training and try to work on what i call social Obedience...Living pleasantly and well mannered within the household
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    I like crates and use them at show, but they are not the small type, thru this the dogs have come to like them and I can use the smaller ones at home at any time without causing any stress to the dogs.

    However I personally don't use them as a toilet training tool (during the day) or for when I can't watch a puppy, but then I've puppy proofed my kitchen and if I can't watch puppy the rear sliding door is left open so puppy can toilet or better still puppy is put outside which also teaches it how to cope on it's own.

    I do however like them for night-time and if I only had one or two dogs then I'd certainly have my dog sleep each night in it's crate in our bedroom and I recommend to my puppy buyers crates for sleeping of a night, that way you can sleep without worrying that puppy is alone or making a mess of a room. I do not believe a puppy should be left in a crate when nobody is home, and certainly not for extended periods of time.

    We do have one crate in the house, set up nice and comfy and now that's it's gotten chilly there is always a pile of Whippets in it. Because of the small space they can easily warm it up, however the door is rarely shut.
    Last edited by MAC; 05-31-2012 at 05:23 PM.

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    crate training was a life saver for me, it helped calm my pup down pretty quickly. He was really bad with crying at night until I put him in a crate next to the bed so he could see us. It still took several nights for him to stop crying and learn that crate meant sleep, but after a week of next to no sleep, he was really good. He now knows that when the crate is in the bedroom and the lights go out, it's sleep time and he doesn't make a peep. Only thing is initially you have to take them to the toilet every hour or two.

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    Crate training is a quick and easy way to reinforce your house training and creates a safe place for your pup to go to. Once they get used to it and perceive a crate as a good place to be you will find them going there to rest.

    Susan Garrett use a system she calls "Rough Love" for training drive in agility dogs but I would not follow her system for a home dog.

    There are dozens of different types of crates but if your pup is young and you want to try the crate next to your bed I would recommend a soft crate with an opening on top so that you can leave this partially open, allowing you to drape a hand into the crate when she is restless, as she will be for up to a week, although we have never had to go more than 2 nights of whineing.

    Just remember to tie the zip closed as our pups all manage to open the zip within a few hours of being in the crate - but then they are BC's.
    Last edited by Nev Allen; 06-01-2012 at 09:47 AM.
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    Thank you so much every one!!! It's definitely something I'm going to consider and talk to my family about

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