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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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crate training questions

Rosko is 14 months old. He has never been crate trained. Athena is 12 weeks old and she will go into her small crate and lay on her own and she will go in the crate when we leave her home for a couple hours.I purchased 2 48Lx30Wx32H pet supplies plus crates I want to crate train both of them my questions are. do I put them in the same room? can the crates be a couple feet apart? I have the basics of crate training from reading other posts but any tips or advice especially with a 1 yr old dog would be greatly appreciated.
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Oh. should I keep them out of each others crate. Kind of their personal space only type thing.
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Maybe the most important question. How do I convince my wife the ocd anti-clutter woman that having these crates in our living room is cool.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2016, 05:56 PM
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Crates can become tables with a piece of plywood on top and a nice fabric.I'm betting Rosko will train fairly quickly if you leave the door open at first so he can go in and out to retrieve toys or treats.Practice his stay or place in the crate,feed him in there,whatever you can come up with to make it positive.My dogs have never been possessive of their crates.Any crate is a good crate to them.Others have had a different experience I'm sure.
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Crates can become tables with a piece of plywood on top and a nice fabric.I'm betting Rosko will train fairly quickly if you leave the door open at first so he can go in and out to retrieve toys or treats.Practice his stay or place in the crate,feed him in there,whatever you can come up with to make it positive.My dogs have never been possessive of their crates.Any crate is a good crate to them.Others have had a different experience I'm sure.
Yup - my nightstand in my bedroom is my dog's crate with a painted piece of wood on top, with my lamp and c-pap machine!
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I used Crate Games DVD by Susan Garrett to teach my puppies the "rules" of the crate. Bonus also sets the foundation for impulse control, stays, and place.
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Rosko is doing better than I thought he would already. I gave him a bully stick to enjoy in there a while ago. He'll already go inside and lay down with door open. Or maybe he was just hoping for another bully stick.
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Pay attention to how they come out of the crate. Most problems come from them getting worked up and charging to the front of the crate that still has a dog in it. Keep all that calm and under control, you probably won't have any trouble.
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