To crate or not to crate?
June 7, 2010 1:09 PM Subscribe
Just got a 6-year-old rescue dog. Is it necessary to crate?
posted by kmtiszen to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We recently added a 6-year-old rescue Shih Tsu to the family and we're having some trouble deciding how to handle him while we're at work during the day.
Here's his story: about 6 months ago, he was found abandoned in a park, tied to a tree with a balloon string. Oddly enough, he had recently been groomed when he was found. Seems like someone cared about him at some point, but for whatever reason, he was left behind and never claimed. He had been living at the rescue (a holistic dog spa -- this little guy was living the life) ever since.
He seems to be housebroken and isn't at all destructive. He was recently neutered, so he marks everything in sight, but he has only had one small indoor accident (seemed like a marking, not a full-out pee) in the 4 days we've had him.
Is this the kind of dog we can just let roam free during the day, or is it still preferable to get him used to a crate?