The great crate debate — readers weigh in

I received quite a few comments on the letter about the Great Dane that is kept in a crate all day and at night. Some of you thought I didn’t go far enough to condemn the action, and many had some good suggestions.

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DEAR JOAN: May I make a suggestion? The owner should consider doggie daycare. I am a pet sitter and I provide the service for several dogs on a daily basis. It is a great alternative to crating for long periods of time.

Debra Roe, San Jose

DEAR JOAN: I will never, ever understand why people have a dog when they both work all day.

I am all for crate-training, especially for puppies and when the dog is riding in a car, and I don’t mind the couple having the dog sleep in a crate in their bedroom at night, but that dog definitely needs to have a crate he can stand up fully and turn around in.

In addition, isn’t there someone they could pay to either take the dog for a walk at noon, or let him out in the fenced — I assume — yard to run around for a while before he is crated again?

I am reminded of the woman who called me and asked me what she needed to have for a crate she was going to fly her dog in. I replied that he needed to be able to sit, lie down, stand up and turn around in the crate whereupon she wailed “Oh! I’ll never be able to teach him all that before tomorrow!” and hung up.

Judie Howard, Moraga

DEAR JOAN: Yes, the way this gentleman’s daughter and son-in-law are using the crate is cruel. At best it …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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