Hallo und herzlich willkommen auch meinerseits, ich bin in Suedungarn geboren und lebe in Texas zur Zeit:-)
Steffen, similarly to you the crate concept was a strange for me at the beginning and thought it was temporary / confinement etc. My first own vizsla Bende also was not a big fan of it at the beginning (who knows he may have felt my own hesitation...) and ended up on a way too long crate training journey for us. The real kick in started for me when we began to travel longer distances. Safety and wellbeing of my precious baby in the car, in hotels, dog shows, competitions etc convinced me that this is a desired tool. He can room around in the house freely as he is very well behaved, but when we are gone for work, his and now his little brother`s safe space is their crates. We started Miksa (the second one) right on the crate and luckily he slept thru the night at week 11 in his crate. They both travel in the car in their high safety crates. At home they can decide when we are there where they want to lay down and relax. They always get fed in their crates and lay down there afterwards for a nap. By now they both are actually in pretty big crates, so that they can drag in toys, chews, stretch legs etc if wanted. When in their crates, they only get positive feedback, no matter what. It also helps when they need to be boarded elsewhere, as they see crate equals my space even if my own humans are not around and helps them settle which is extremely important, stress is a killer for these sensitive creatures.
Hopefully that helps you and won`t go thru the same painful journey with your girl then i had to go thru with Bende. A crate trained dog is a much happier one from the get go in my experience.
Last edited by Gabica; 11-13-2019 at 09:59 PM.