Dog owners who shouldn't be dog owners

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    Oct 25, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    I see lots of examples of these types of people, but the latest one is just driving me nuts. Neighbors above me moved in a couple of months ago, and got a dog last week. It barks and whines and howls like crazy from the moment the owners leave until they they come home. Thought maybe it just needed to adjust to new home, but wasn't stopping.

    So I bring it up to the owners, who are nice people. The response: "I don't understand, he's so quiet when we're home, and when we're not home we keep him in a crate." What?? This dog is at least the size of an adult lab... I would never subject a dog like that to being locked in a crate for 10 hours a day. No wonder the thing is barking and crying all day. And of course it doesn't bark when they're home, it's not locked in a box!

    Ugh... to me, this is just a person being totally selfish — they aren't responsible enough to be dog owners.

    I don't have a dog... for those who do, is this normal??

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    Oct 25, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
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    Oct 25, 2011 9:43 PM GMT

    I think that's shitty. Especially with the door closed. The barking and crying is bad enough, but knowing it's because he's locked in a cage makes it so much worse.

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    Oct 25, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Crating is just so they can get potty trained and for those puppies who will chew on every single thing in the house when no one is around. Once the dog gets a little older and is potty trained and doesn't chew, he can the be left free to roam around. After a while they love it and it becomes their little home.. Picture on top is Max relaxing in his crate after a day out with his brother Lucky .icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 25, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    young_bull saidCrating is just so they can get potty trained and for those puppies who will chew on every single thing in the house when no one is around. Once the dog gets a little older and is potty trained and doesn't chew, he can the be left free to roam around. After a while they love it and it becomes their little home.. Picture on top is Max relaxing in his crate after a day out with his brother Lucky .icon_biggrin.gif



    I should have pointed out that they got an adult dog, not a puppy.

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    Oct 26, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    They should have gotten a cat.
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    Oct 26, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    The main difference between the dog's couch that he doesn't move from for 10 hours a day and his crate is that his couch doesn't resemble his den. Though barking all day is another issue that needs attention, obviously.
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    Oct 26, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    theantijock saidThe main difference between the dog's couch that he doesn't move from for 10 hours a day and his crate is that his couch doesn't resemble his den. Though barking all day is another issue that needs attention, obviously.



    Hmm... Does a big dog usually sit unmoved from the couch for 10 hours?
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    Oct 26, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    No, a dog should not be crated all day. Crates should only be used for potty training in my opinion. If you have to cage an adult dog it simply means you're not doing your job at training.

    That being said, some dogs do find a crate (with the door open) to be comforting. Dogs love structure, both mentally and physically.
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    Oct 26, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    DJBoston said
    theantijock saidThe main difference between the dog's couch that he doesn't move from for 10 hours a day and his crate is that his couch doesn't resemble his den. Though barking all day is another issue that needs attention, obviously.



    Hmm... Does a big dog usually sit unmoved from the couch for 10 hours?


    Per http://www.realjock.com/19c79 apparently yes....



    Thank you Tino.