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16th April 2008, 07:31 PM
I have recently returned to using a crate for my sasha and i have to say she loves it and seems a lot more content and happier in it than her old bed. i am really glad i changed over. my problem is that when people call around i feel that they look at the crate as if it is cruel and this makes me feel bad. i hardly ever close the door on the crate during the day so she moves freely in and out except if im going out for a bit but i do close it at night when im going to bed. does anyone else get bad vibes off people when they see the crate ?

Mom of Jato
16th April 2008, 08:21 PM
I would tell them that it's just like putting a human baby in a playpen. It's not usually a big deal for dogs to get used to being in a crate since they would live in a den if they were in the wild. I think they actually like to have a little place to call their own.:) I know the crate keeps him safe when I'm not able to look after him, and it also keeps the things in my home in one piece.:rolleyes:

16th April 2008, 11:38 PM
ive had a few looks:rolleyes: but ruby loves her crate :luv:i never lock the door now she uses it when she wants her sleep time ive moved it once to give us room but she was moping :eek:about all day so i put it back and she was overjoyed :pso i dont care anymore after all shes the one that matters an she loves it:rah:

Bruce H
17th April 2008, 12:04 AM
We crate all but 3 of our dogs when we go somewhere and at night. They all love their crates because we also feed them in their crates (avoids WWIII!) and give them a treat at night when they go to bed. What I would do is just tell people that she loves her crate and that it's like a den to her; much like a person who goes to a single room in their house (bedroom), but on a smaller scale. If they still take offense to it, my response would be "Oh well". Not everyone can agree on everything and people should respect other people's ideas even if they don't agree.

17th April 2008, 12:53 AM
You could refer to it as his bedroom,thats his time out space when he wants to relax and chill,make it out to be like a relaxation therapy cage and they should have no bother with it:)

17th April 2008, 08:31 AM
If you explain to people that a dog in the wild will choose a cave like environment to sleep in given a chance, they may start to understand that a crate is a nice protective, snuggly place for a dog to sleep in.

You might also like to point out to them that if everybody crate trained their dogs, the dog-pounds would probably soon be out of business because many dogs end up on pounds because their owners think they are destructive or uncontrollable..... when the truth is that the owner was probably clueless :D

17th April 2008, 04:13 PM
Good point Caraline.

You could also put a nice blanket over the crate or perhaps swop to something like a Varikennel {the plastic crates} if you are that bothered about it - I guess some people are funny over it becase the metal ones look like a cage.

Mine love their crates...people who don't understand just don't udnerstand dogs...