posted on Jul, 5 2005 @ 08:03 PM
It seems everyone is doing the crate these days with their dogs, but I have never done it myself, though I have a long history of rehabing abandoned
So, my latest (Sam), for various reasons is going to require it. Anyone with any opinions or pointers on this? I hope ultimately to put the thing
away, but at the moment it seems best for him as well as us to crate him when we aren't here.
He is about 9 months to a year and may never have had a real home. He was in the shelter since April when I took him Saturday, and is already the love
of our lives pet wise, but he still needs time to understand we are not going to abandon him, so there are issues like separation anxiety and the fact
that he is still a wild child at heart to deal with.
I am particularly interested in what not to do regarding crate training, but I would like to hear from people who have done it successfully. So far my
only criteria has been to make sure there is no connection between him going in when something has gone wrong, so he doesn't view it as punishment. I
have seen a lot of people who have their animals loving their crate as "their haven", but I am having my doubts.
Thanks for any help here.