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About 1.5 years ago I did all I could to get my GSD to love the crate. We played all kinds of crate games to make going to the crate a blast. With the crate I was able to easily teach my dog how to behave around the house and after awhile we decided to remove the crate since it was taking up too much space and was no longer needed. Besides, she couldn't do her job if she was stuck in the crate.

I finally convinced my gf that her dog is going to need a crate because I hate coming home to something destroyed, even if it is occasional. The crate this dog needed was smaller and therefore took up less floor space so we brought the crate set it up and it was time to train. The fun started instantly... with the wrong dog.

My huge gsd nearly knocks me out of the way to squeeze her body into this small crate and actually manages it. I had to coax her out of the crate. I finally had to take her out the room because every time the crate door was open my GSD ran for it. This is a dog who hated the crate at the start of our training and now, I don't know what happened.

I might look into getting another crate later on. Seems like a waste since it isn't being used for training or house protection. Apparently my GSD doesn't think getting her crate back would be a waste.
 

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Both my dogs have their own crates set up, even though Jazzy is now over two and doesn't need it. They're both crated at the same time unless one is going out somewhere. They both love their crates, it's a nice safe haven with comfy beds and treats

It sounds like the GSD would like having a crate back, you don't need to actually crate her but having her own space might be beneficial
 

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Finn took to the crate very quickly. Now we can't even think about taking it down. He loves it. It's his personal space that he can go into and not be bothered. We actually got the biggest kennel we could, the X-Large, just so he could have more room to do what he wants.
 

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Gunther loves his crate. Especially when it's too hot to lounge on the couch during the day. I agree that a dog needs a quiet place (and or safe haven) for themselves which is what his crate provides. When I put together his crate he just walked right in. I had treats and a clicker and I was prepared to have to clicker train this six month old puppy to love his crate. Apparently I was over prepared, training wasn't necessary other than for sleeping at night haha. I only crate him in a closed crate if I'm not home but you could always just leave it open when you're gone since you already have her free in the house. It'd be a nice option for her to nap in for when you're gone and she'd still be able to do her job.
 

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Fleury hated his crate, actually broke a puppy tooth at one point, but eventually trained to it too. We use it when we leave (7mo and still loves trying to eat just about everything) but he has the option to sleep in it or on his bed and he'll switch several times at night. But if he wants to nap and be 'put to bed' and we don't put him in his crate, he'll go in and come back out and nose us, then go back in so we throw a blanket on it so he can get some peace. Cracks me up.
 
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