Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Some dogs do fine using their crate that way, but I agree it's safer to use a different area for time outs. An exercise pen is just fine for that. The only reason you don't want to use the crate is the risk of "poisoning" it--your dog beginning to see it as a bad place she has to go, rather than a safe sleeping spot. That isn't usually a worry with a pen.
I think you absolutely should remove her from the situation when she gets overexcited and plays too roughly with your children. Relying on their upset reaction to teach her not to be rough isn't fair to your kids, and it may not teach the dog anyway. After all, some puppies are bullies and don't mind it when their playmates aren't having as much fun as they are! However, if you consistently remove her from the room and give her a time out as soon as she gets too rowdy, she'll learn that playing nice lets her stay in the room while jumping and mouthing means playtime is over. I've found it to be a very effective way to teach manners.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!