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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Getting him to NOT sleep in his kennel.

So CJ is almost 8 months now and soon he will be too big to spend the night in his kennel (at least in my opinion). However that's where he has slept from day one and he won't calm down in our bedroom if he isn't in there.

Every once and a while he will sleep in our bed but he will either make it for only 3 hours and wake up or he won't sleep there if my husband is in the bed. He want him to sleep on his bed or with us, but he likes his kennel so much. I don't want to take it away because I know it's his safe spot but it's going to get cramped in there soon. It's the biggest size we could find.

Just looking for any tips you might have if you've been through this before! Thanks in advance.




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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 09:43 PM
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If he likes his kennel, try to get him a bigger one. A 48" crate is more then enough room for a German Shepherd.

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Get him a crate that fits. Some dogs just love them, why take them away? My pup wasn't crate train when we adopted him and we had to train him so he could go to daycare, and he's more comfortable in there now than not. We found our 48" crate used on craigslist for $20; they don't always need to be expensive.


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I got my 48" on craigslist for about $60.




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Another vote for Craigs List, both crates we have - XL - was found on there - one $50, the other $65.

side note - If you are looking at a wire crate, and the pan is damaged beyond use or missing, the replacement - last time I checked anyhow - averaged $35
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if he wants to sleep in his crate, why not allow him to just sleep with the door open? my guy has a 48" crate downstairs which is more than enough space for him. Upstairs he has a 46" that he's perfectly comfortable in.


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I will definitely look for the larger one. It's good to know y'all found them because I've been looking and haven't found. I'll check craigslist!

Thank you all!


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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 09:17 AM
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I'd just make sure there was a good dogbed IN the kennel and that the door is open for a week or so (you may already be in that situation). There are dog beds with sides that may work best because they have sides.


Then one day pull the bed out of the crate, collapse it and put it away, and put the dog bed in EXACTLY the same place the crate has been. May want to have an exceptionally well stuffed kong/purple squirrel dude for the first few nights

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I love the idea of the bed with sides!! Makes a lot of sense :-)


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We have been leaving the crate door open for about a week now, but our boy still winds up sleeping in there most of the time. Maybe try looking at feed stores? That is where we got ours for a pretty good price.
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