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Oh, I LOVE your baby-bath photos of Shama! What a little doll she was!

Remember that a lot of dogs that are used to going to shows and trials are perfectly happy in the crates. (mine are!) It is their comfortable "cozy" space, and they are probably a LOT happier there than they would be thrust into a group of strange dogs and people in a "babysitting" situation, especially without their owners/handlers present for moral support.

I think they offer the dog sitting for people who have NOT taught their dogs to be happy and comfortable in crates, because they don't want people to have to be stuck in their rooms with their dogs, but at the same time, can't have dogs left howling in the hotel rooms either.
Yes, I am glad I got those photos.

A couple of the crated dogs were barking, so they didn't seem perfectly happy. Yes, you're right that many dogs do like their crates.

You're misunderstanding our dogsitting gig (as we did too, prior to enlisting). We sat with CRATED/penned dogs. We didn't really get to interact with any of them! Very few people even used our services.

In the future, I'd much rather go to the show with people I know and hang out with their dogs in their rooms while they go to the special dinners ...
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Yes, I am glad I got those photos.

A couple of the crated dogs were barking, so they didn't seem perfectly happy. Yes, you're right that many dogs do like their crates.

You're misunderstanding our dogsitting gig (as we did too, prior to enlisting). We sat with CRATED/penned dogs. We didn't really get to interact with any of them! Very few people even used our services.

In the future, I'd much rather go to the show with people I know and hang out with their dogs in their rooms while they go to the special dinners ...
How odd! What was the point of that, do you know? What were you supposed to be doing for them? I can safely leave my dogs crated in my hotel room when I travel, for long enough to go to dinner or whatever. At the specialty, other than meals, the rest of tge time you can usually have you dog with you if you want.

And yes, we spent a fair amout of time in informal groups of friends and their dogs who got along well having “dog parties” in various rooms. One year we had a great time doing group recalls with trustworthy dogs on a big lawn behind the hotel. The next year, unfortunately coyotes had been seen near the hotel, so we didn’t dare do that. So instead, we found a floor where ALL the rooms were Havanese people. We had about 20 Havanese loose in the hall, calling the whole herd back and forth about a doven times. Their tongues were hanging out of their mouths by the time they got done, and more dogs got added as we went on, but BOY did they have fun!!! (As did all the humans! LOL!)

And yes, of course you are right, there will always be people who crate their dogs inappropriately, just as there will be those who don’t pick up their poop, etc. But you would HOPE that people would teach their dogs to enjoy their crates before leaving them in them!


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I can safely leave my dogs crated in my hotel room when I travel, for long enough to go to dinner or whatever.
Ricky will rest quietly in his cage if he can hear us nearby. Occasionally we will leave Ricky at home in his crate for as much as 4+ hours when we go out with friends. If we cover his crate with a light blanket, birdcage style, he is fine. If we leave his crate uncovered, he will bark the entire time we are gone (as reported by our understanding and tolerant neighbors).

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When I crate Shama at agility practice, she barks at the dogs running (especially border collies), but if I cover her birdcage style, she quiets down. Getting her to quiet down even without being covered is still a work in progress. I treat her and praise her when she's quiet ...

I guess we were just supposed to keep the dogs company so they would be less lonesome. Your dog parties sound really fun!
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I went to a dog show on Sunday and was surprised at all the dogs in crates. I was also surprised at how well-behaved many were, very few were whining or barking.

You guys are a wealth of information and thank you for sharing your experience and insights. Iím a little nervous but mostly very excited about the new journey Iím about to start! Iíve talked to quite a few breeders and found one I really liked, Iíll be calling her back this week about it. There was another breeder who seemed to say all the right things but something just felt off about her. Anyway the one I liked I trust to pick out a good puppy for me. I really hope I am not wrong about her!

There seems to be so many shows and clubs (I live in Ontario) and it is a bit overwhelming. I hope the breeder I choose will help me navigate through that though.
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When I crate Shama at agility practice, she barks at the dogs running (especially border collies), but if I cover her birdcage style, she quiets down. Getting her to quiet down even without being covered is still a work in progress. I treat her and praise her when she's quiet ...

I guess we were just supposed to keep the dogs company so they would be less lonesome. Your dog parties sound really fun!
Some dogs prefer to be covered, some dogs donít. I think Kodi prefers to see out. But if I have to leave him in a crating area at a trial, I ALWAYS cover the front of his crate, because I know tgat other competitors are not always careful about letting their dogs sniff at dogs in crates. I think that HAS to be uncomfortable, if not downright scary, for the crated dog, who canít get away. So I just avoid problems by covering.
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I went to a dog show on Sunday and was surprised at all the dogs in crates. I was also surprised at how well-behaved many were, very few were whining or barking.

You guys are a wealth of information and thank you for sharing your experience and insights. I’m a little nervous but mostly very excited about the new journey I’m about to start! I’ve talked to quite a few breeders and found one I really liked, I’ll be calling her back this week about it. There was another breeder who seemed to say all the right things but something just felt off about her. Anyway the one I liked I trust to pick out a good puppy for me. I really hope I am not wrong about her!

There seems to be so many shows and clubs (I live in Ontario) and it is a bit overwhelming. I hope the breeder I choose will help me navigate through that though.
That’s awesome! There could be absolutely nothing “wrong” with the other one, but if you just didn’t “click”, then it’s better to find someone else. I can tell you from experience that finding the RIGHT breeder this should be an opportunity for learning,and has the potential to turn into a life-long friendship if you choose well!
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