Early in my journey with Pager, you may remember my commitment to help her feel better about staying in her crate.
Who knows what circumstances led her to feel that way, but it was clear that being so confined awakened in our pup a feeling of fear and desperation that was so intense she could barely contain herself.
Could she have become comfortable in the crate, if I had spent the right amount of time acquainting her with it in the right way? Probably.
But given that the day after that night of destruction was a day when Florian and I both had to work, I just didn't have time. The excellent crate training protocol outlined at Dogscouts.org should, I believe, be implemented over a period of several days to several weeks.
And while I agree that crates can be a wonderful training tool, I also think they can be overused and abused. I love my bed too, but I can leave anytime. I might love it less if I were handcuffed to it and had to stay there 8-10 hours a day.
In any case, for the last couple weeks we had Pager, we left her out and about with no disastrous effects! She shredded the edge of an already dogeared dog bed, a map, and a metronome. Not too bad, considering what she might have done. In her case, it seemed the shredding was mostly just a response to distress.
I know, some dogs do love their crates and even go in there unbidden, just for the fun of it.
|Just focus on the dogs, and never mind what my living room looks like|
But since Pager didn't have much time with us to learn from older, wiser canines, it was great that she could be trusted--more or less--out of the crate and at large with the big kids.