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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Crate Training Question.

Okay, I'm trying really hard to crate train my GSD. But I have stairs, and the crate is in my room upstairs. My puppy ( 7 weeks.) climbs the stairs to get to his crate throughout the day. I understand the stairs are hard on his hips and my concern is his bathroom habits. He sneaks away to use the bathroom upstairs. The obvious answer is block off the stairs, but I'd hate to discourage him from going to his crate. But if he climbs the stairs, its hard on his hips I'm sure..

So does anyone have any creative suggestions?
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Get another crate for downstairs.

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Shell out another 100 bucks for a crate!? ahhhhhhh
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100 bucks now for a crate.. or a couple hundred for new carpet down the road.......

better yet, figure out how he's able to "sneak away" and fix that issue first.

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Point taken...
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I have to agree with the easy answer, another crate.

I would suggest get the other version of whatever you have now, ie if you have wire get a plastic veri kennel. Works well if you have both.
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I agree... another crate. It is a big expense....Anyone you can borrow from? I have often lended out crates to others. (My daughter has borrowed both our puppy crate and our big dog crate for her two pits.)

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craigslist??? we see crates on there all the time for our local one.

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I agree, get another crate or move the crate downstairs. I bought my last crate 42" on craigslist for $40.00 it was almost brand new.
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better yet, figure out how he's able to "sneak away" and fix that issue first.
Yeah. Puppies should not be able to sneak away. If you are not able to actively supervise him, pick him up and carry him up to his crate. Otherwise you're kind of missing the point of why you are crate training- so he is somewhere safe when you can't watch him and not pottying in the house.

It's not a bad idea to tether him to you either, that way he can't sneak off.

As far as the stairs and the hips. Up is not as bad as down in my opinion and the occasional stairs are not terrible as long as they take them slowly and carefully and not running up and down at break neck speed. However that said, I raised 2 puppies in a 2 story townhouse and their crates were upstairs. I carried them up and down the stairs until they were about 5 months old. They got very good at being held, restrained, and carried which is a nice thing for when you have to handle them and I saved money on a gym membership. I still don't let my dogs jump out of the truck unsupported. Not even the 95lb one.

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