Ah… I respond, Here are some of the things I’ve seen dogs “get into”: eating holes in drywall, ripping up flooring, chewing moulding, chewing lower cabinets, getting into lower cabinets, getting into the fridge, getting onto the counter, getting into the upper cabinets, emptying the cabinets, destroying everything in the cabinets, turning on the stove, turning on the water, chewing the dials off the stove.
I only work with people who crate their pups. I’ve known too many pups dying from chewing cords, swallowing yarn, getting into chemicals or finding a single penny.
No one particularly likes crating. I’d love it if I could safely raise a puppy without it. I’d love it if a toddler could ride in the front seat of my car without restraint of any kind and be safe. But letting a small child ride that way would be irresponsible and so is leaving a puppy unrestrained.
The pix here is funny but only because the dog didn’t die in the process. Another dog might have swallowed some of the stuffing or fabric or threads with tragic results. And that is not me being dramatic; that’s me remembering dogs who died young.
I draw very few lines in the sand in my work. I believe in giving people the room and the time to learn. But I do draw this one. This is a matter of safety.
Crate for the first year -at least – and set the stage for a lifetime of freedom.
Refuse to crate and you set the stage for problems of all kinds. You don’t have to take my word for it. Your dog will teach you – I just hope not at the price of his health or your bond.