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does anyone have a technique for fading out the crate? there's a bunch of information for crate training, but not many for fading it. my puppy is getting too big for her crate, and i'd like to start fading it out. i bought a playpen but haven't used it yet... and i don't want to until i have a plan. any ideas? can anyone share some experiences? ideally, i'd like for her to start sleeping in her bed at night (next to my bed)... for starters. thanks, all!
 

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I wouldn't eliminate the crate. It has utility throughout the dog's entire life. Get one that's big enough for the dog's adult size and use partitions if necessary. There are a thousand reasons you might want the dog confined to a crate. It's not just for housebreaking.
 

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I wouldn't eliminate the crate. It has utility throughout the dog's entire life. Get one that's big enough for the dog's adult size and use partitions if necessary. There are a thousand reasons you might want the dog confined to a crate. It's not just for housebreaking.
Ditto!

Two of my dogs are nearly 8 yrs. old, have earned freedom of the house years ago, yet still use their crates (I just don't need to lock the gates).
 

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I wouldn't eliminate the crate. It has utility throughout the dog's entire life. Get one that's big enough for the dog's adult size and use partitions if necessary. There are a thousand reasons you might want the dog confined to a crate. It's not just for housebreaking.
i hear you and agree. however, i live in an apartment in NYC, and it's not exactly aesthetic to have a huge crate in the living room (i could use the space).
 

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That's a cool solution for a small to medium dog. Another is the airline type crates. They come apart and the halves nest together to make a dog bed. Yet another solution is a collapsible wire crate. It can be stored unobtrusively, but easily snapped together (at least a few times per month) to keep the dog feeling comfortable with it.
 
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