Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The crate. Before Dante came my mom and I spent a lot of time trying to find one that would work. the one that we ended up with is nice and sturdy and has a door on three sides or it. Yeah, it sounds like a good idea - you don't have to worry about where you put it and where it will fit as much because it can be accessed from the short or long sides. Typically, we only use the door on the short side (right of this photo).
The other day, I was working with Dante on his "kennel" command and using all sides of it. I must not have latched the doors, but just let them swing shut. Well, later that day another member of my family put Dante in his kennel, latched his normal door and shut my bedroom door. You probably figured out what happened, right? Yeah. This has happened once before, but my bedroom door was not shut, so Dante came running out three minutes later. Not this time. He was in there for an hour-and-a-half. By himself. Unsupervised. Thankfully there wasn't much that he could get into unless he jumped on the bed, and nothing was out of place (even the trash was untouched). He was just laying in the middle of the floor asleep when we found him. Moral of the story: don't buy a crate with so many doors unless you are SURE all but one will be inaccessible. But still, even though we hit a rough spot in his behavior, there still are days that I have faith that he'll make it in this service dog gig!