By PadsnPets, Apr 3 2014 11:38PM
When I bought my dog, Lola, I decided to take her to puppy class to let her socialise with other dogs and learn a few basics. I enrolled with a local dog-training group for an 8-week course, which came highly recommended by a friend.
On the first week we were asked to go to the class alone and leave our dogs at home so we could enrol etc. There were 10 people who had enrolled on the class and we all got chatting, getting to know each other and talking about some of the things our dogs had been getting up to. It was a good way to break the ice, without us being distracted by our beloved pets.
As you would expect, we talked about anything and everything canine, from the different types of collars and leads to the best treats and toys out there, it was great to talk to others in the same situation as me. After a while the instructor moved on to talking about crating our dogs which, I know, can be a controversial subject amongst some. Most people in the group, including myself, said they were happy to use a crate with their dogs and could see the massive benefits for both the owner and the dogs. However, there was one couple that seemed to be having a disagreement. The instructor asked them why.
This particular couple had rescued their dog, Ronnie, from the Dogs Trust. The lady had taken a number of weeks holiday from work to help the dog settle in at home and she felt he was doing well, without using a crate, so she decided to go back to work on a part time basis so as not to leave the dog too long on his own. One day the couple had gone to work, and their daughter came home at 12 noon for lunch, as usual, and the dog and the house were fine. Her daughter then went back to work at 1pm. When the lady returned home 55 minutes later, unfortunately, this was not the case anymore. Ronnie the dog had decided to do a bit of DIY and take the gas fire in the front room completely to pieces, all the individual coals had been taken out and even the gold edging had been removed and left all over the living room!!! I may be wrong but I don’t think she was expecting that?!
As a group our faces must have been a picture, the instructor didn’t know what to say and luckily the couple were laughing about it. Finally the instructor asked, ‘what have you done about the fire now’ to which the man replied, ‘we are waiting for him to put it back together again!’
I’m pretty sure we all thought our dogs had the tendency to be mischievous but nothing topped this, not even the instructor had heard anything like it before. It certainly made for an interesting first session!
I wonder if they have since changed their minds about using a crate?
So over to you guys, we’d love to hear your thoughts, to crate or not to crate?