Crating dogs instead of training
I have a bit of heartburn with people who crate dogs instead of training them. I have two large dogs---Shepherd mix and Lab mix---who are guard dogs as well as family pets.
The Shepherd mix was a crate dog---every time he misbehaved, he was crated. Result? He had no manners at all---so out of control the local police were trying to get him declared a public hazard in order to have him destroyed.
Now, he is free ranging in the house or yard---crate is gone. Both dogs have their rules---do not go in the kitchen when cooking is being done, do not get in certain chairs, leave the new inside birds alone(A new rule---both love to chase outside birds).
Went to eldest son/DIL's house for Turkey Day---they have a Golden and a cocker mix---both dogs stayed on their beds on the far side of the dining/living room during the meal. DIL fosters dogs on a regular basis---and very seldom crates them.
Now, when raising a pup----especially Lab mix pups---who LOVE to chew---we do use two rooms for times when we have to be gone and leave the pup/other dog alone. We always keep two dogs----dogs are pack animals and one dog cannot be a pack.
I tried getting a dog(Lab/chow mix) from a prison rehab program----that dog was so used to crates/cells/confinement he could not be controlled off leash even in the house. I spent four months trying----never had a failure even close to that one.