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Re: He cries in his crate!

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  June 26, 2002 at 22:13:59

In Reply to: He cries in his crate!
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Posted by:  Annissa
Posted on:  June 26, 2002 at 19:51:26

Question:

: We put our JR in a crate for the first time today. He didn't like it at all. He just sat there crying. So after 5 minutes, we let him out. We want him to get adjusted in the crate for housebreaking problems, and a place to call his "own". But since he doesn't enjoy it and the fact that we see it as a "prison" for him, we let him sleep in his box with a pillow. We think we're going to trade the crate in for a bed. But it's also difficult because he won't sleep at night. He will bug you, and we can't get any sleep. Any suggestions?

: Thanks


Response:

Hi Annissa,

Using a crate is a personal decision -- a decision that we made 9 years ago and are still living happily ever after with. Was it easy to crate train our pups? Honestly, no, it wasn't easy but it wasn't hard either.

Here's the thing about crate training -- an owner's attitude is as important as the training itself. In my opinion, a one time, five minute trial in a crate isn't sufficient cause to give up the training. Then again, I never considered a crate a "prison."

Good luck,
Leslie


Additional Reading: Is Crating Cruel? FAQ