Skip to comments.Dog 'crates' are just tiny, harmful cages
Posted on 07/15/2012 2:58:02 AM PDT by Daffynition
What if, at your local pet-supply store, you could purchase a dog-training tool that would make your dog weaker, klutzier and less intelligent? And what if this tool increased your dog's frustration and fearfulness about the world and made him or her less likely to bond with you? Would you buy it? Of course not! Yet, millions of these "tools" are sold every year to unsuspecting dog lovers who want the absolute best for their dogs. The tool is a "crate," which is just a euphemism for a cage. In fact, dog crates are even smaller than most cages that are used to house dogs in laboratories.
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Every dog I have had LOVES crates. A few used to stand at the closed door and bark to get in. Dogs are small-tunnel-loving animals.
PETA wants to put human motivations on dogs -- when they aren't asking if we should exterminate all the humans, that is.
Interesting discussion, with lots of posts, at the end of the article.
Small? Really? My dog’s is as high as the windowsill, it allows him to perch on top. He’s got a ‘KOng’ featherbed on top and a ‘tempurpdic-like foam and sheepskin inside. He likes watching out the window. I’ve been asked if I’m getting him a ‘sleep-number’bed next? He likes his crate/cave. I leave the door open all the time and he actually prefers it most of the time.
PETA are just another leftie fanatic organization.
I had a dog that liked hers. It was her place and she slept in it at night like a dog house.
PETA leadership cares so much about animals that they’re willing to kill them to save them. Seriously. That’s how f**king crazy they are. Don’t believe me? Look-up “Total Animal Liberation.” That’s the core belief of these nutcases. Thing is, many people who sympathize and donate to them, even volunteer for them, who love their pets, don’t realize that PETA’s ultimate goal is to make pet ownership illegal!
I don’t like the crates. I find them to be little prison cells.
But then I get to thinking. Dog houses. Not much difference between a crate and a dog house.
Maybe I just don’t like the look of a crate. Maybe it’s the plastic. Maybe it’s the metal bars. Maybe it’s because I find them ugly.
A crate is a good thing if you travel and the pet is used to a crate. It would consider it as a mobile home. Less stress all around.
ok, crates are good. they’re just ugly.
After we adopted our dog, we bought a crate/cage in a size according to the guidelines we read on various pet websites (He/she should be able to stand and turn effortlessly). He sat and watched me as I unpacked it and set it up. As soon as I was finished he stood up, walked right in and sat down - before I could put his pad into it!
My dog LOVES his cage/crate. It’s his place of refuge. His “room”. PETA are a bunch of idiots!
I hate PETA and I hate dog crates. What a dilemma!
I’m old enough to have grown up with and around dogs that were never ‘crated’ but adjusted to life just fine. Some had special dog beds, many just had a favorite place or two for snoozing while in the house.
I imagine, if you could take a young dog, give him full sentience for a brief period, and take him aside, and say, “Here’s the deal. You we be fully fed with tasty dog food, fresh water and some table scraps. You will NOT miss a meal. You are not allowed on the furniture, but you will be neither too hot nor too cold.
The little kids may be annoying, and you can’t bother them, but we will make sure that they don’t abuse you. Don’t get any pretensions about rising in the pack, you’ll get nowhere. However, you almost certainly won’t be eaten by a coyote or wolf. If you get hurt, we will take you to the vet. Oh, and one more thing about that vet ... psst psst psst. Deal?
I belioeve the overwhelming majority of dogs will say “Deal.”
He feels secure and comfortable.....nothing wrong with that.
Some years ago we adopted a Rottweiler. He was an adult dog whose owners could not care for him. We already had a pure bred Shepherd (GSD) and a Rott/Husky mutt.
Our dogs had doggie bed cushions they slept on. The former owners of the Rott gave us a large carrier/cage. I thought nothing of it at the time and got the new arrival a cushion just like or other two had.
Long story short - On the first night the Rott would not lie down for sleep and kept nuzzling the cage until I finally got the message and opened it up for him.
In the end the only way I could get him to use his cushion was to put it inside the cage.
We have 2 crates. One from when Winchester was under 50# and a huge one [he can stand in it...used in the back of the pick-up for hunting forays.] The smaller one we still keep our shoes in [for obvious reasons].
Winnie loves to *King-o-the-Hill*/ stand on his crate,like your guy, to see outside...he willing goes in it, on his own. The crate was/is never used as punishment.
Because PETA knows better than ANYONE. That dog has all the HUMAN motivations, you see.
Then why is it when it gets too hot in the house my dog can be found sleeping in her crate in the basement?
Exactly Laz. For dogs, the crate is focal point 0,0,0. The point of safety and security.
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