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3.0 out of 5 stars put me off crate training, 3 Sep 2011
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The book does give useful information on how to introduce dogs to crates and problems that can arise. If an owner wants to housebreak a puppy or have a safe den for their dog to go into at night or for a few hours during the day, then this is a useful, inexpensive book, which will give you lots of tips.

My concern however, is with the crate training schedules. The puppy's schedule involves waking up at 7.30, having breakfast and then going into the crate ten minutes later, until 5.30pm, with a fifteen minute break at 12.30pm, to go to the toilet and have dinner. The adult dog is put into the crate at 7.am and crated for nearly nine hours, until he's let out again when the owner comes home at 5.30.

I am not judging people who have to leave their dogs in crates for long periods of time, while they go out to work. Sometimes you have no choice and you do the best you can do in those circumstances. But I think that this book may make people think that it's okay and the norm for someone to get a puppy or dog and leave it crated throughout the day. In reality, that isn't an ideal situation and puppies need companionship and frequent interaction and playtime during the day.

Crates are very useful and often necessary but, if you are thinking of buying a puppy - please remember that it is a living creature with feelings and fears. If you work full-time and no-one is at home during the day - don't buy a puppy - a cat is better adapted to solitude. I wouldn't want a life where I had to spend 9 hours, alone, confined to a small box everyday - that cannot be a healthy existence for a dog either.

I do use a crate for my dog but if I was going out for longer than 3 hours, I would put the crate in a safe area like the kitchen, or bathroom, where she could play with a kong and stretch her legs. If I was out all day, everyday, then I'd arrange for a friend or dog walker to come and take her out (I know this costs money but if you make the committment to get a dog - you should be prepared to do what's best for it).
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2011 05:11:49 BDT
Well put!!

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 17:29:41 GMT
Franchphile says:
I do agree with the above posting; dogs should not be left alone for hours on end in a crate. There seems no point in owning a dog. They are creatures that need companionship and exercise. Crates are a good idea to get used to for a 'snug' bed and for transportation - but not as 'Cage'.

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 23:49:35 GMT
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Posted on 6 Oct 2013 00:59:34 BDT
The book is frankly dangerous - for all the very sound and sensible reasons highlighted by you.
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