Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Edi & Tess's Favorite Things: Crates

We are craters.
We crate the dogs any time we are not home.
We crate Edison any time we can't keep a direct eye on him.

Any pooches that come to stay with us are crate trained, too.  When we brought Edi home, he willingly went into his crate (no training required) and spent the first several weeks mostly hanging out in there and learning our routine.  Our former foster, Toby, went through this same route (albeit a lot less willingly).

Crate training isn't always easy.  While many people say that crates can become a safe haven, especially in new surroundings, Tess still isn't completely comfortable in her crate.  She starts whining as soon as we get home (even though we wait 5 or 10 minutes to let her out every time) - and don't get me started on crating her in a new environment!

Crates aren't for all dogs, either.  Toby was much happier out of his crate.  He just barely tolerated the crate and only because Tess's was right beside him.  But because we had no idea how he would react to being alone in house, we just weren't willing to leave him out.

Crating the pooches almost guarantees we never come home to something destroyed (which most certainly would happen if Edi was left alone) or a puddle of pee (Tesla).  They are a great place for the pooches to take a nap when we're not home or when we just need a break.  And they don't seem to mind them too terribly either...

Do you crate your pooches?


  1. I wholeheartedly believe in crate training dogs. Melvin was in a crate for a long time when i first got him and although he now has run of the house, my faith in him was earned over time!

  2. I haven't crate trained my dog but I do think it would have helped with the chewing and the puppy behaviours, although now Dina is happy and calm when left alone.

  3. We crate our Samson. He is almost 2 and still likes to eat anything black and plastic. At first he didnt like it much, but now he doesnt seem to mind it at all. In fact he knows when we are getting ready to leave, he does not need to be told. He goes right in and sits and waits for us.

    His crate is his safe place. He likes to take naps in there. And if he does do something wrong, like steal a cake off the counter, you know where to find him. He will be laying in his crate. I think that he believes if he hides out in there long enough we will forget.

    Very glad we use a crate, very glad I can come home to a house not destroyed. To come home and be happy to see my pup, not upset at what he did while we were away.

  4. Shadow was locked in his crate all the time by his first (abusive) owners. Although he came to us with the crate, we couldnt even unload it from the car without him freaking out. To him it was a prison, not a safe haven...crate went bye bye.

    If we get a puppy or younger dog someday, crate training is definitely in the cards. I dont think any amount of training now could get Shadow over his crate-fears.

  5. We never crate trained Boomer and now it's coming back to haunt us. Since we're moving and will be renting in a completely new city in a new state I want to make sure I have a place he can be where I know he is safe. So at age 10 I am slowly easing him into the idea and after several weeks he is able to go in without being bribed. He still doesn't feel it's his safe place but he doesn't protest either. I call that progress! Dottie on the other hand we started out crate training and she loves her Dottie cave!

  6. Crating has always been so helpful, and for us a big benefit is that it is easier for someone to watch your dog when you're gone/ invite it into their own home, if they are already crated.

  7. I never crate trained Kaya & Norman because I work from home, I was able to be with them all the time for the first couple month or so. After that I slowly left them more and more and it worked out. I was this close to training Norman to use one because I would always find one insignificant thing chewed up(a pen, a cat toy, an empty box...) but he stopped before I got the chance.

    The crate has been a big asset though for foster dogs and visiting dogs or those that need space or quiet time. Kaya & Norman prefer to do all their activities together though:)

  8. We crate our fosters to avoid destruction. Hades does not need to be crated anymore, but was crated about a year. He didn't need crate training either, and would often go to his own crate when he sensed we were getting ready. We have several crates in the house and he doesn't hang out in them, but he will run to the crate if he hears the bathtub running. (Big baby!) Braylon hated her crate when we first adopted her but adjusted nicely. She also stopped being crated after about a year and that was all fine and good until she started peeing all over the bedroom when we were gone, no matter the length of time. Little Bray has gone back to being crated on what I hope is a relatively temporary basis.