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Dear Daisy Dog

My niece confines her two small dogs to their crates while she is at work. Her friends care for their dogs the same way. Is this a good idea?

Daisy Responds

Like most things, crating is fine in moderation.

I love my crate. It may look like a cage to some people, but to me, it’s a safe, cozy den. I sleep there when I want to get away from house guests -– and from my huge wolfhound brother when he plays too exuberantly.

I had never lived in a house when I joined my family as a 5-year-old, so Mom crated me whenever she had to go out. Because I instinctively knew to keep my den clean, I quickly learned to eliminate outdoors. Crating also prevented me from chewing the furniture and electrical cords.

Now that I’ve learned good manners, Mom leaves my crate door open so I can come and go as I wish.

The only recent time she closed the door was when I tore some ligaments and needed to recuperate. The crate prevented me from dashing around the house and jumping on the beds.

If your niece’s dogs are not yet as reliable around the house as I am, crating them while she’s at work will protect them from household hazards -– and preserve her furniture and carpets.

 

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