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Hello all! My wife and I have a Morkie who's almost 3 months old and wanted to know if we were to train the dog in a crate until it's trained, would it be ok to change the crate to more of a doggy house or would that be a bad idea? Should we instead train the dog in a doggy house from the beginning? Any advice will be truly appreciated! Thanks.
 

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You mean using the crate four housetraining, and then switching to having it more of just a place to hang out once the puppy is reliable? My dogs, who are eight and six, will sometimes go in their crates to take a nap, plus they are crated with the doors shout at other times, like when we are gone or eating.
 

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LeoRose thanks for replying. I mean house training the pup then once it’s reliable, completely get rid of the crate and get an indoor dog house like the one I’m attaching to this post. This would be where she takes naps and sleeps at night. U can’t have both a crate and dog house, correct?
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That's basically a fancy crate. :)
 
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LeoRose thanks for replying. I mean house training the pup then once it’s reliable, completely get rid of the crate and get an indoor dog house like the one I’m attaching to this post. This would be where she takes naps and sleeps at night. U can’t have both a crate and dog house, correct? View attachment 263347
The only problem I see with this "doggy house" is that it wouldn't be very secure. If you plan on leaving your pup in a crate when you go somewhere, I don't think this would be a safe option. I would get a regular, non-fancy crate to "crate train" with, and just use this fancy "doggy house" as a bed your pup can use when you're home.
 

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The only problem I see with this "doggy house" is that it wouldn't be very secure. If you plan on leaving your pup in a crate when you go somewhere, I don't think this would be a safe option. I would get a regular, non-fancy crate to "crate train" with, and just use this fancy "doggy house" as a bed your pup can use when you're home.
The only problem I see with this "doggy house" is that it wouldn't be very secure. If you plan on leaving your pup in a crate when you go somewhere, I don't think this would be a safe option. I would get a regular, non-fancy crate to "crate train" with, and just use this fancy "doggy house" as a bed your pup can use when you're home.
Thanks for responding. That is my plan, but I want to know if that will confuse the dog as to where he’s suppose to sleep. Wouldn’t having 2 “homes” confuse the dog? Or maybe I should just crate train the dog until it’s reliable then transition it into this dog house? Thanks
 

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My dogs will happily sleep wherever. While their is nobody home, they are in their crates. When we are home, they are either in their crate with the door open, on the couch, on a dog bed, on the floor,, and my GSD will sleep on my son's bed. The pittie usually sleeps with us at night, and the GSD typically rotates between her bed on the floor in our room, the floor in our rom, the floor in the hallway, and/or the couch.
 
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