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Old 04-02-2011, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just a question -

Do you keep your crates next to one another in the house or do you keep them seperated?

Are they in different rooms, or are they located in the same room?

Can the dogs see one another while in their crates?


I don't like the idea of them side by side like this:



Would you think the dogs being able to see one another would create a problem (hard time to rest/relax)?
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I keep my crates together that way. They've always been in the same room... With my guys, them being able to see each other was extremely helpful. Tessa has separation anxiety and she did so much better when she could see and be near another dog. I also found my fosters settled in and were much calmer when I left if they were crated next to my dogs, as opposed to in a different room (I used to set up my digital voice recorder to listen to if they barked or whined while I was gone.)
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the way our house is set up floorplan wise, our dogs crates are next to each other next to the backdoor. They can see each other. Riley only gets grouchy sometimes when he seems to forget Shasta cant actually get to him to annoy him while they're in their crates. It works for us. I would like to be able to seperate the crates but its also about convienance for us too.
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup, my crates are side by side like your picture.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Mine are side by side too. Both dogs sleep in our bedroom and fortunately there is room for two large crates there. I use plastic Varikennels so they can see each other only in that little strip down the side, but when they're in their crates they're either sleeping or chilling, not paying any attention to each other.
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I had four crates all side by side like your picture and had no issues. Not with them relaxing or with them "bonding" more or whatever. I worked all of them (except the rescue pit, whose job it was to learn to be a dog) and never had issues with any focusing on the others instead of me. But, my crew also always rode all smooshed together when we had the truck, some in crates and some loose in the van and now side by side in my SUV. They're used to seeing one another and being calm/quiet.
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We only have two set up now, and they are side by side. One is a 54" with two doors, and we have it turned to access the side door. Then next to it is the biggest furrari model. Never had any issues. Used to have 3 set up side by side, before the 54"
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We just have the room partitioned into two halves.
I think it might stress my guys out more if they heard a noise in the other room and couldn't investigate it. This way they can keep each other company.
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We have Rosa's crate in our bedroom on one side of the bed, and Niko's crate is on the other side of the bed. We didn't put much thought into the placement, that's just what worked for how we have the bedroom set up.
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I would rather do side by side then to do across (facing) each other when left alone. Then you get into dogs having to chose to look or not look directly at each other.

I have a thing for Anna where I put a piece of plywood larger than the crate by a couple of inches on every side over her bed, and then a sheet on top of that so she can't pull that through, and it creates a den for her - so even if a dog is next to a dog in that set up, they are separated by a barrier.
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