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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by ChaKira, Jan 3, 2012.


  1. ChaKira

    ChaKira PetForums Senior

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    Today is the first time I'm crating my dogs while I go to work - after seeking help on here and wanting them to be 100% safe we decided it was the best thing to do. Still feel guilty though :(

    What do you put in your crate for your dogs?
     
  2. McKenzie

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    A waterproof bed, a water bowl that clips onto the side of the crate and her cuddly toy. But I'm a bit obsessive about choking hazards etc :eek:
     
  3. emmaviolet

    emmaviolet PetForums VIP

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    hi there.

    what made you suddenly decide to change to crating them if you dont mind me asking.

    also how long are they to be crated for?
     
  4. mrsimpson85

    mrsimpson85 PetForums Senior

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    I don't feel guilty about crating my 2. They have water and a nylabone with them but tend to just sleep. They seem happy enough in there crates and a lot of the time go in there just to rest on there own.
    My dogs do like to destroy anything they can get hold of so i see crating them as a way to save my thing and to keep them safe.
    As long as it's used correctly I think crates are great. It helps to keep them separate if you need to too. My 2 had a fight last night and being able to keep them apart was good.
    They don't fight often but when they do they go full on.
    I suppose thats the problem with staffys, the never back down from anything.

    edit: I've got a Road Refresher non-spill water bowl. I had 1 what fitted to the side of the cage but they seemed to get more water on their blankets than they would drink.
     
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    Comfy bed, water bowl and a toy with Rupert. Some give a stuffed Kong but Rupe wouldn't eat without someone with him so it was a bit pointless. He just slept until we got home.
     
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    You can't make your dog 100% safe as anything you put in the crate could be chewed and swallowed...unless its a bare crate, no bed, toys etc and the dog isn't wearing a collar, but thats not very fair and even then they're not 100% safe.

    Charlie once freaked out about his crate (never found the reason as he was fine afterwards) and kept banging his head against the door!

    I'm not against crates - I just thought it was odd that you said 100% safe.
    Nothing is 100% safe.
     
  7. ChaKira

    ChaKira PetForums Senior

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    They've always had a crate but when we go out they had the run of the kitchen and dining room, but kept destroying too much :(

    They'll be crated a max of 3.5hrs
     
  8. Coffee

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    Alfie's in his crate for a maximum of 2 hours at a time and I always leave him with a stuffed Kong. He loves it :) He knows it's "going into crate" time when he sees the Kong as that's the only time he gets them ;) so he's definitely got the crate associated with "good things", as he runs straight to it as soon as he sees the Kong :thumbup1:

    Can this thread please not turn into another Crate Debate :rolleyes: the OP simply asked what others leave for their dogs, she didn't asked to be questioned about her reasons for using the crate.
     
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