Doug is just the cutest, Tia
. You asked about the size of his crate . . .and experts recommend the crate be on the smallish side. Raider is in a plastic crate and is only in there to sleep. When he wakes up, I take him outside immediately, to the same spot in the yard each time. We've only had him since Friday, so still very new to this, but he's doing well with this system. He plays nicely in the living room with our older Hav . . .and I put him in his expen with pads spread around on a tarp when we're away or home but can't watch him.
[quote=krandall;456293]One of the best methods I've ever seen for teaching a dog to love his/her crate is Susan Garrett's "Crate Games". I highly recommend this DVD. It is worth every penny.
Thanks for the tip . . .i just found it on Amazon and ordered it and looking forward to giving it a go with both dogs.
Isabella loves her soft sided collapsible crate and it travels very well with the check in luggage. Right now Raider sleeps in the little plastic travel crate but we plan to buy him a soft sided crate when he's ready for a larger one.