There is a fine line between caging and crating. Keeping a dog caged is cruel. Dogs are very social and need more than a 4 by 4 foot or less space to live. However, using a crate can be very effective and useful.
Some people feel using a crate is cruel. I believe it is all on how you use it. After all, dogs are den dwelling animals. A crate can be his private den.
There are some do's and don't when crating.
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We house broke our dogs by using a crate. It is so much easier than any other way I have tried. The crate can not be too large or it doesn't work. If you buy a big crate for your dog to grow into, put in a box with a lid on to take up some of the space. Most dogs will not relieve themselves in the confinement of their den. When you take them out of the crate, immediately take them to the designated area of the yard or papers or litter to relieve themselves.
Sometimes our dogs go into their crate (we leave the door open) to take their nap or chew on a favorite toy. They do not ever appear to resent going in.
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