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Old 12-02-2012, 02:45 PM
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Do some of you still crate your full grown Goldens?

My Lola who I adopted at 11 months came with a crate... but it went into the garage and she has slept in the house no restraints since....she is left in the house when we are at work for 6 hours even with a roomful of birds( I taught her to respect the birds from day 1)- she has never had an accident nor done anything naughty now in a year and a half. Did we just get lucky??? Do some people actually crate full grown dogs their entire life?
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:49 PM
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I have always used a crate for the entire life of each of my dogs...That doesn't mean they are always in there...once they are trained and I can trust them they have free roam, but occasionally I will crate them while we go somewhere or over night...my reasoning is IF something were to happen and I needed to crate them for an injury etc...they are still accustomed to them being there. I also would find my dogs put themselves in them from time to time...
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In an emergency situation you are right about having them be use to a crate. Never thought about that!
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I still crate Jordan (19) months when I leave. I think she would be fine outside, she's left alone when I am outside and does fine. But she doesn't mind the crate, will still sleep in it if she gets too hot in my bed. But I worry a lot less and it would be a lot easier for someone to rescue her in an emergency. She is never in it for more than a couple hours,if I am longer the dog sitter comes to get her.She has been in a crate since day 1, she still rides in one in the car. I do it more to keep her used to the crate and being alone for a bit.
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I don't crate Molly and haven't for several months and she's almost 11 months old. I do keep it out though, just in case. Very, very rarely she will go inside on her own, like once in 2 months. She doesn't have a problem with it. In class we sometimes crate the dogs for various reasons. Molly has been fine every time.

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I left my crate set up even after Tesia started sleeping out of it at night (9 months) and could be out in a restricted area of the house during the day while I was gone (around the same time). She would go into it herself when she was feeling sick or overwhelmed. I think she felt very safe and secure in her crate. I only took it down because we moved and there was no room in the new place.

If we hadn't moved, I probably would have left it up because she liked it. When she came home from the hospital last week, ideal would have been for her to be crated while I was at work - she was on restricted movement. But I don't even own a crate anymore - I gave it to my friends when they got a puppy. But I know she is still fine in a crate - the VEC told me when she was in ICU, she was so easy to put in the kennel. I told them she is probably happier in a kennel than in the open pens where bigger dogs staying in the ward live. It's a safe place for her.

So, all this to say, I think it is beneficial to keep your dog crate-oriented for life. You never know when it's going to come in handy.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:11 PM
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Chester just turned 5 months and he's already being let out in the house while no one is home. He has been doing really well no accidents, but today we came home to a room of ornaments from the tree on the floor it turns out he had a party. I'm thinking it's because he was bored because when we are home he never touches the tree so tonight I will be making kongs for the morning.
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Occasionally we crate the girls... when we're at my son's and we leave to go out to dinner, if they're having a party etc. Also when we travel in a hotel room. IMO it's important to have them comfortable with crating. If they ever have to be left at the vet it's one less thing for them to stress about.
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I have a 10 1/2 year old fenmale Golden and a new 3 1/2 month old male Golden. My old girl has been out of the crate with resticted access since about 9 months and free roam since about 1 year. She is as good as gold (punny I know).

I had forgotten about the puppy stage and how much work they are. I don't remember my girl being as mouthy and rambunctious as my new boy puppy. Just last night I let him out of the crate to go potty. On the way outside he saw a Kleenex on the floor one of my kids dropped. In an instant he snatched it up and had the whole thing in the back of his mouth. I promptly fished it out.

I sprayed bitter apple all over the cabinets/knobs in my kitchen and woodworking in the dining area which has definitely slowed him down on chewing the furniture. I can not imagine this little guy could have free roam at 5 months like "Chester" or even much thereafter like many of you are able to do.

Again, I don't remember my old girl being so much work as a puppy. Perhaps I just blocked it out. I started doing basic obedience with him right after I got him. He does very well with that. He's doing very well with potty training too.

I've lurked the forum for awhile. I am getting the impression that something happens to these guys at around 5 to 6 months where these guys become less destructive. Oh how I would love to leave him out of the crate! But, he would have to earn some trust and he is not showing any signs that he can be trusted
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I still crate Cassie for two reasons. First, she understands that create = sleepy time. And secondly, she still has a tendency to get into things she shouldn't.

But, I go by one rule. I never force Cassie into her crate. She has to go in willingly. Thankfully, she always does.
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