No, our dog doesn't live in her crate. Her crate is her special place that she can go to be alone or chew on her kong, but we -rarely- lock her in there. She sleeps in our bed with us at night, and only goes in her crate if I'm leaving and not taking her with. That only happens about once every 2 weeks or so as I don't work and pretty much everywhere we go, she can come. It's the grocery shopping trips she has to stay home for lol.. Many people do keep their dogs crated all day and at night though.. and apparently if they are properly crate trained they have no problems with it.So the dogs live in the crates?
I saw one poster who said her dogs is kept in his crate while she was at work. Aren't they too small? Or do the dogs not mind?
No, they should be just fine. I'm pretty sure you can crate train a dog at any age.Wow. This would be really cool.
Is it too late for an 11-week-old and a 15-week-old??
Well... not always just personal choice!The plastic crates are more like a cave/den environment. I prefer them. It's a personal choice.
Sounds like a couple of crates will be invaluable to you!We have a spoodle and a blue heeler and currently, while we're at work, they poo and pee EVERYWHERE! We don't want to shove them outside all day, it's so hot at the moment, and we like them to be inside dogs. When we're at home, they have our full attention (we rarely do anything without them, other than work). Toilet training works while we're at home - the rest of the time they go nuts (not their fault, seeing as even if they wanted to get outside they couldn't).
Trust me on this, there are as many wire crates destroyed as plastic. There is not a standard made wire or plastic crate that will hold an older med/lg sized dog(maybe 6 months and up)that wants to get out. The idea is to start them as puppies when they don't have strength necessary to break out. If started properly when they are strong enough, they don't want to or they assume they can't bust out and don't try. For problem type older dogs you have to jump to a heavy duty crate which will run from 300.00 to 600.00. This is a generalization not going to help or cover all dogs just a majority.Well... not always just personal choice!
I have an Akita mix, and was asking if a wire or plastic crate would be better. Another Akita person sent me a pic of a plastic crate that had been eaten through by her Akita! Needless to say, I got a wire crate!
So... it also depends on the breed. What kind of puppies do you have?
I highly, highly recommend crate training! It's not only to save your house/sanity, but also for your puppies' safety! They can get into A LOT OF things when left to roam about.
Luna cried in her crate at first, but now she LOVES it. She goes to it when she's tired or scared. It's her own little safe place!
True, but I'm not necessarily talking about containing a dog that wants to get out... I'm talking about the fact that plastic crates are... well... plastic, and plastic can be more easily chewed than wire. A plastic crate is more likely to be wrecked by a dog that simply wants to chew.Trust me on this, there are as many wire crates destroyed as plastic. There is not a standard made wire or plastic crate that will hold an older med/lg sized dog(maybe 6 months and up)that wants to get out.
Nope, they get strict breakfast and dinner, some treats for training too.2puppies - Do you free feed your dogs? How much and what sort of food are they getting? This may have a lot to do with how much they are eliminating during the day.