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rude, crass people exist everywhere in every situation and have nothing to do with the discussion really, because they would not take care of their dogs regardless. i and my sister, and husband are in our 50s, parents in 70s, son in 30s, amongst all of us, way over 50 dogs. We are the only ones who have dogs who don't need crates? how could that be? Honestly I have owned a couple who were either really dumb or so abused before i got them they could not think straight. But they all got simple commands, locking in a crate was never necessary. if you don't lock it why waste the money? bed train your dog. then i don't have to worry that he will burn up in a fire, because you locked him up and were not home. it should be a simple enough request from one caring pet owner to another.

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Patty Miller_Eberhart

We will just disagree on this.

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I bought a crate when I picked up my rescue pup. He would chew and eat anything that he could reach. He was house broken in no time but would bypass his teething toys and chew on door frames and pull the carpet up. I've had no issues since his teething days and he uses his crate as a refuge (when he's had enough of loud children, fireworks are going off, etc.) Every night grandpa likes to give him a treat which he'll take directly to his crate to eat. If the crate is closed then, he'll either open it with his paw or whine for us to open the latch. This has been great because I travel a lot during peak seasons for work and often take him with me instead of boarding. He always has to find out where he fits in, in regards to sleeping in a hotel or at a friend's house. After two trips I thought to bring his crate and blanket with me. It was like night and day. He goes straight to it when he gets there as if to say "Yep, I brought my house with me" and takes a nap while I unpack. I have needed to lock him inside if he had an injury and needs to stay still, if he's sick and I want to closely monitor him or if he's had enough of small children that forget the "pet with two fingers" and "don't pull his tail" rules.


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