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Old 03-15-2016, 05:46 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Re: crating

I use a crate for house training, when I can trust my dog at about 1 1/2 year old then I let him lose in the house 24/7 so he can do his job, when we go to training he is lose in the car on the way there and back but in the crate while I worked dogs and wait for his turn, at about 4 years old when I have full control of him I don't even have any collar on him at all, because I got bit many times or when dogs come up the leash on me, the only way I can get control is to grab onto his collar and minimize the damage lol and so I'm thinking if he is going to be my PPD dog, I certainly don't want a bad guy to have an advantage on him by controlling him with his collar.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:46 PM   #42 (permalink)
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For ME, two crates in the back of my Pontiac Vibe leave absolutely no room for them to go anywhere. They are pretty much jammed in there but I do understand the need for crates to be strapped or bolted to control movement if needed.
I know, right?!??! My 2 aluminum crates are jammed in my Nitro so damn tight it's ridiculous! We're shopping for a new dog car (Toyota Sienna AWD) and when we finally get it, will strap the crates down in the van. My dogs always travel in their crates.

I've always crate trained my dogs. In my house both Ino and Arkane have XL wire crates and go in on command. Ino is crazy and rather than have to get after him to stop pestering me, sometimes it's just easier to crate him, then he simply goes to sleep. I say "go to your room" and he trots inside.

Both my dogs have no issues being kenneled either....well neither used to have issues with it, but Arkane is now over 10 and has decided he goes where he wants to go and lets me know when he's not happy being outside. It's OK, I tend to spoil my dogs when they age into double digits. Ino is only 4 so he has to maintain his good manners whether outside or inside.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:51 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Totally understand the old dog issue.

Thunder is now 12 and is allowed to do dern near anything he wants to.

Trooper is going on 9 but I'll have to give a lot of though to his getting old.

He still acts like a 6 month old Lab puppy but I luv him in spite of it!
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:01 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Totally understand the old dog issue.

Thunder is now 12 and is allowed to do dern near anything he wants to.

Trooper is going on 9 but I'll have to give a lot of though to his getting old.

He still acts like a 6 month old Lab puppy but I luv him in spite of it!
Time sure does fly....
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:15 AM   #45 (permalink)
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I looked at Rough Tough crates but thought the doors were wire.
- only seen em on web sites, but they seem sturdy
- tested with buck shot ....//LOL//

i just hooked forged stainless D-rings to my seat belt anchors for the bottom strap to cobra buckles and harness him in. if i'm driving by myself he gets to ride shotgun and look like a PPD
- if my wife or others are with me he goes in the back

took about an hour to rig the belts F/R, but the air bags will do the rest, just like they will for any other occupants
- harness is good for rapelling and jumping so he will break before the harness will
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:23 AM   #46 (permalink)
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after my dog hit double digits i stopped counting and give him a birthday steak every few months
- i do the same for myself but try to have more birthdays more often

my kid's wife just had a baby on Feb 29th....that'll make it cheaper for their birthday budgets too !
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:40 PM   #47 (permalink)
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BIG congrats on the new grandbaby!!

71 here and my first of five grandchildren will start college this yr.

#3 starts highschool this yr

As one frog said to the other frog

"Times fun when your having flies"
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