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Should I "Crate Train" my Airedale?

Reprinted with permission from Kathy Dowd and Lori Valentine

In my opinion, crate training is a definite plus. It should not be used as a substitute for training your Airedale to have manners and live within the rules of the household but rather as a safe, comfortable "den" for your pet to rest in. It is also a safer way for your dog to travel. Teaching your dog that his/her crate is his/her space can be invaluable when company arrives, when he is being housebroken, and if your pet ever has to be confined for medical reasons. I have experienced having a dog which went in for major surgery and had to be sent home early, because she was "freaking-out" at being confined. I decided then that I will never own another animal that is not crate trained. For more information and opinions on "crate-training", please also read Cindy Tittle Moore's "Crating Your Dog".


Thanks to the following people who directly contributed their time and efforts toward this FAQ.

Kathy, Lori and the kids

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Copyright 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 by Kathy Dowd. All rights reserved. You may download and print a copy of this file for your personal use. Further distribution must be with the explicit permission of the author. NOTE: Airedale Terrier Rescue organizations may freely distribute copies of this document.

Kathy Dowd and Lori Valentine (MoonDance) are members of the Airedale Terrier Club of America, and work together to breed, train, and show (conformation and obedience) Airedale Terriers.

Special thanks to those people sending helpful corrections/additional information:

  • Linda Baake (Lynaire),
  • Margo Dupre (Traymar),
  • Chris Halvorson (co-owner of DogAds)

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