No safety for the dog (no barriers), no den-like feel, AND no freedom of movement....... yikes.Woody Taylor said:But is it? This actually limits the pet from moving off of bedding. That's pretty intense. What if you just (like a lot of people are going to do) plop an average dog on that thing and just walk away? Just seems kind of aggressive to me. And definitely not a "crate."
Do you keep your dogs in the house?David Frost said:Except for house training, and the chewing stage, I've never been a fan of crates. Seems to me it's nothing more than a method of getting the dog out from under someones feet. As far as it being their "den", dens don't have doors that lock. I know a lot of people use them, travel etc is not the same. WE lock ours in a large container in the back of the car when working. When I see crated dogs, I think "show dogs" waiting to be primped and pranced.
I crate trained my puppy and my adult rescued female is in the process now. My beagle PREFERS a crate (door open) and if her crate is not set up she holes herself up in my son's room instead. I use crates much as parents use playpens: a safe place for a puppy if I can't 100% supervise. Achilles hasn't used a crate outside of training since he was 12 months old. Andi has pica, is not fully house trained, has an issue with stealing food, and has accidentally broken quite a few glasses. I demand that she have 100% supervision; and if I can't provide that, she goes into her crate. It is far safer, IMO, than allowing her to get into dangerous situations. I do have other dogs nad three children to look after...I also used a crate as quarantine for her the first 2 weeks I brought her home (and put that in a closed room that neither of hte other dogs were allowed into).Al Curbow said:David, i didn't trust my female till she was 2-2.5 yrs old and my younger male till he was about 2,( and i took my time proofing it by leaving for short periods) My older new dog stays in the crate if i'm not home, probably will for a long time, throw a few more gsd's in your house uncrated and go out and enjoy the day and come home 4-5 hours later, whatta ya think? :lol: :lol: :lol: , i would be a basket case if all three were out and no one was home, oh yeah forgot, mangled kitty's, lol. It's the only way i can own 3 at once, and their obedience is good. JMO,