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I'm thinking of taking Emma's crate out of the bedroom, and buy her a dog bed instead. She will be 11 months in a few days and today she took a nap with me (She was on Elle's bed), and she did great, I couldn't believe she stayed there the entire 45 minutes without waking me up or ripping anything up, or having any accidents on the floor. After waking from our nap, I took her out to potty (no leash, she did great), we came in she got a treat and she's been a near perfect behaved little pup all day (big turn around from last week, when she was not behaving so well).

So, could it be the right time to get rid of her crate? I never had a crate with Elle, so I'm wondering if Emma can behave so well with Elle sleeping in the room too?

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at 11 months i think she should of been out of the bedroom with free roam of the house. at 11 months shouldn't she be house trained and know not to rip things up?? at 11 months why shouldn't either dog behave in from of each other??? keep the crate you might need it later.
Originally Posted By: JenniferkyI'm thinking of taking Emma's crate out of the bedroom, and buy her a dog bed instead. She will be 11 months in a few days and today she took a nap with me (She was on Elle's bed), and she did great, I couldn't believe she stayed there the entire 45 minutes without waking me up or ripping anything up, or having any accidents on the floor. After waking from our nap, I took her out to potty (no leash, she did great), we came in she got a treat and she's been a near perfect behaved little pup all day (big turn around from last week, when she was not behaving so well).

So, could it be the right time to get rid of her crate? I never had a crate with Elle, so I'm wondering if Emma can behave so well with Elle sleeping in the room too?

Any suggestions?
 

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Ok, she roams the house free all day, just basically at night is when she's in the crate or if we are going to be gone for a bit, other then that, she's free roaming. she is house trained, except if she gets really excited about something then a tinkle comes out, but nothing massive..."Behave" may have been the wrong term to use, they do fine together, and are best buds, but I was wondering would they play all night and we not get any rest or would they eventually just go to sleep? They enjoy playing together so much. The last time she ripped something up was a book that I had left on the bed, I suppose that was my fault, because she was mad that I left her, but she couldn't go to the dr with me, and that was about 2 months ago. Trust me I'll keep the crate for the future, or whatever in the storage room.
 

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i wouldn't take her crate away. you don't have to close her in there, but keep it up as her safe place. i know mikko loves his crate, and sleeps in there willingly every night, its also his safe place. he would be very unhappy if i took it away.
 

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Originally Posted By: I_LOVE_MY_MIKKOi wouldn't take her crate away. you don't have to close her in there, but keep it up as her safe place. i know mikko loves his crate, and sleeps in there willingly every night, its also his safe place. he would be very unhappy if i took it away.
you have a good point, she does enjoy her crate, sometimes during the day she goes in there without it being locked to take naps.
 

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I don't trust a dog out of the crate overnight until at least a year and a half old...longer with the slower to mature dogs.

I made the mistake of falling asleep before crating Reich-6 mos- one night recently.

She is remarkably well behaved..not a destroyer and getting very reliable with house breaking...but still not trusted all night yet.

Well, about 3 am I am awoken by booming, deep GSD barks and whining.

I JUMP out of bed, RUN to see what's wrong -and bend my pinky toe back hard and fast off the door frame in the process....OW-..
only to find her sitting on my oldest son's bed, barking and whining in his face.
Why?
He was snoring and she was convinced there was some invisible, yet loud, assailant harming him. She didn't know what to do, so it was ~WOOF WOOF WOOF wimper wimper~ OVER and OVER.

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
 

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I transition gradually.

You might want to leave the crate door open but close your bedroom door for a few weeks. Then leave your bedroom door open but baby gate the entry from the hall to the rest of the house (depending on your house layout) for a few weeks. Then graduate to the whole house.

Havoc got full house privileges about a week ago. He is 12 months today.
 

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Thanks for the tips KathyW...those sound like they just might work.

Congrats on Havoc full house privileges, and happy birthday to him as well!
 
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