- It is good for the prevention of food fights,
- it helps me see who is eating how much or not and
- it gives them practice being contained so when they go to their new homes, they will be ready to be left in a crate so their owners can go off without worry.
That is the plan. The execution is a bit different - when I say "kennel up!" everyone knows they are going to eat. Some are very good about heading for their crates.
- Seymour is stellar!
- Miss Stella is back to trying to get into every one's crate;
- on occasion, like this morning, I need to remove Shiloh and/or Farrah from a Beagle crate to make room for the appropriate Beagle.
- Hickory Dock is very good about getting into his crate but rather noisy once he is done eating.
- Herman is OK, needing help into his crate and then letting me know of his impatience for the pending meal; same with Sweet Taffy. Etc., etc.
I have been asked why I crate/kennel my dogs. The main reasons? Patience and to remind them of respect.
- Crates are good for relaxation throughout the day - they all know the doors are open should they need a respite from the madding crowd.
- They are also very good for training - don't have that "no jump" down pat yet before your visitors arrive? Use a crate, fill a Kong with sticky food and voila! happy dog, happy visitors, happy you.
- I also use one when introducing a new dog. The crate is more central in the house. The new dog can be inside with the pack milling about outside which they do for a short time and then move on, coming back on occasion to say "hi." I get to control the "hi" and reactions of multiple dogs to a newbie.
I use the term "kennel" for crating up; most people may use "crating." I do not "cage" my dogs; I don't like the term or the old implications - just me :). I don't have outside kennels per se. I have one for when needed especially for unexpected visitors or behavior issues when real separation is needed. Silverwalk does have multiple outside dog houses with straw or shavings for day/night use, too. I don't depend on these but they are wonderful hidey-holes for the dogs. Margie has made her own hidey-hole from a previous tree stump site.
|Margie in her hidey-hole|