There’s a post in a dog community that I belong to here on LJ where a woman is asking advice about how to make her dog’s crate drier, since her dog has such separation anxiety that it pees in the crate when it is shoved in there and left there from 8:30-5 every day!!! I finally snapped. I’ve been reading posts about crating in this community and ignoring them as much as possible, but I finally had to say something.
I’m afraid that I wasn’t as diplomatic as I could have been, in my second post at least. My first, I simply suggested seeing a trainer to work on the separation anxiety, and mentioned that I’m not a fan of crating. Then things got snarky and I went on a rant.
A crate is a fancy name for a cage. If it’s small and locked, it’s a cage. It’s not better for the dog – it’s easier for the human. No worrying about how the house looks when you get home – it’ll be exactly the same because you shoved your dog in a cage and left it alone, bored and unhappy.
If you take an animal into your house, you owe it to the animal to do your best by it. That means properly training it, and if you are unable to do so yourself then you need to cough up and get a professional to help you. Otherwise, you shouldn’t have animals. Shoving it into a cage when you aren’t home is not a solution. Ever.
Would you shove a child into a cage because it was messy? Or loud? Or didn’t behave itself every second of every day? No. So why would anyone think that it’s acceptable to do the same to an animal?
Seriously. I hate people. Hate them. I want this to wear out in public so that I can share my hate with the world.