Hitting the dog? Seriously? I asked for an ideas, not for a lecture about my life views. I hope there are some people on this forum, who wants to help without showing their incredible knowledges in a dog safety Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
Ok, you asked a question, and you got answers. Crate training is not cruel, if done properly most dogs love their crate, and use them without being told to go to them. I have crate trained all of my dogs over the years, and they were all extremely well trained, much loved members of our family. The love their crates, and did not destroy our home.
I really do not understand how you can be against keeping your dog safe, and PROPERLY training it (crate training is part of that). Yet you have no problem with hitting it (you will cause some major issues by doing so by the way).
If you are not open minded to the answers you've been given then what was the point in even coming here to ask?
In all my years as a vet tech the majority of the dogs we had to do exploratory surgery (remove foreign bodies) surgery on belonged to people who thought crating was "cruel" or were against it. Yet somehow it's ok to let them get into all sorts of potentially harmful stuff, hit them, not supervise them etc...um ok sure. If you want to do it your way, so be it; but don't get mad at people who are giving you good, solid advice when you are the one who asked for it to begin with.
Crate training has ZERO to do with "putting them away when they get annoying". It creates a safe spot for them when you can't be supervising them. It is YOUR job to show your dog what you expect, and to teach them what is and isn't ok. The crate is their safe place when you can't actively do that (bedtime, work etc).