Features October 2017 Issue

Great Solutions for Dog Crate Problems

Dogs who have never been given a reason to resent crating often seek out their crates on their own. This dog prefers his crate to all other sleeping locations, indoor or outdoor. The crate door has been permanently removed, and an insulating cover added to keep the dog cozy in cool temperatures.

Great Solutions for Dog Crate Problems

How (and why) to keep your dog’s crate experience positive.

I first used a crate as a canine management tool in the early 1980s. I was a little skeptical of the concept (“Put my dog in a box? What?”), but within two days was completely convinced that this newly touted training tool had merit for both housetraining puppies and as a “safe space” for older dogs. Decades have passed since then, and I continue to believe that crates are a valuable tool for successful dog keeping.

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