Is putting my dog in a crate like putting my dog in jail?
That must be one of the most commonly asked questions when training begins.
Many people see a crate as a mean and unjust way to manage their dogs (just ask PETA). In Europe, most people do not use crates (except during transport) for their dogs and don’t find it necessary in the home.
So is it cruel to use a crate? Are you being mean to leave your dog in one?
I think it depends. A crate is a tool and like all tools can be...
I was running errands the other day and in the parking lot of a shopping center I saw a familiar scene. A young family - having finished at the dog groomer - struggling to get their 80-pound Weimaraner into the car.
The dog wasn't acting untrained or belligerent. She wasn't having fun or jumping around in a playful manner.
The dog was afraid.
And I flash-backed almost 20 years. It reminded me of one of my earliest clients, Simon.
I first met Simon at one of my first training classes. His...