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What size crate?

I use a crate for Brady when we are not home. I feel he would be okay in our kitchen and den area, but if he does not go into his crate when we go out, he gets upset. If I leave him in the kitchen and go outside, he gets very upset. But, put him in his crate and leave the house, he is fine. So, I was thinking it might be time to get him a larger crate so he can have a little more room to move around while we are out. He is never alone more than a few hours. Right now, I have a medium size crate. What size are others of you using? I do have an expen that I could put him in with the crate, but honestly, it would eat up a lot of space in our family room. I don't want to move the crate on him because I think he is very happy with it where it is.


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Karen,

I use an xpen for Scout when I leave the house. When he's not in it, I semi-collapse it so it doesn't take up too much floor space. Would that work as an option? That way it would only take up space when you aren't home!

I like the xpen because if I'm going to be gone a longer time, I can put a pee pad in the corner for him to use, just in case.

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Karen,

How we transitioned Sissy was when we left we had a ritual of giving her a treat and putting her in her crate. Then we did the same thing and put her
in her crate and then left the door open. Now we just give the treat and leave, she has the whole house to herself and does fine.

She loves her crate so we make sure the door is always open - she will go in it during the day and take a nap.

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Perhaps get him one that is much larger than you need then you can expand it when and if he gets larger. maybe a peice of wood for the back of the crate...something you can move in order to accomodate a few more inches in order to get the right fit.

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Although Biscuit uses his crate only at night, I think the basic idea still applies: that once they're well house-broken & would never in a million years soil the crate, it's okay to get them a bigger crate so they can really stretch out, or play with a couple of chew toys in there if they're bored. Biscuit's wicker crate, which I got about 2 mos ago at 9mos, holds up to a 40 lb dog, supposedly. To me it looks like the perfect size inside. So if you def. want to keep him in the crate, I'd get a bigger one.



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Karen, Brady is pretty big isn't he? for our 16 and 17 lb dogs we use a very large medium plastic crate because we like the handle (vari-kennel deluxe) but I wonder if it is getting too small for them.

Have you tried moving the crate to the kitchen where you ultimately want to leave him free roam? You could get a 2nd one and leave the original one in the family room so he doesn't feel you are messing with his nest. you could start by putting it in there when you were cooking and then see if he would go in when you leave? and then you could start leaving the door open when you leave. Our boys get the kitchen and the sunroom when they are gone. I believe they mostly sleep. get up to bark at squirells and mail men. But if he is happy in the crate I wouldn't worry too much--- they mostly sleep.

But... just in case you are in the market for a new crate - I had to share these two crate companies that make crates that look like end tables....

http://www.cratehaven.com/
http://www.hardwoodhideaway.com/




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Karen, I am not sure what size my guys crates are, I think they are medium and that is what they sleep in - they range from 15 - 17 lbs. But that is for sleeping only. What if you put the crate in the room but leave the door open. Then he could come and go as he pleases from the crate. If you think it would take while for him to get used to it, you could just tell im to go to his crate when you leave, and just touch the door closed so he can get out if he wants. I would think that eventually he will just walk into the crate when you are going, and then once you are gone he could come out if he wants.

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I think a bigger crate would work fine, he is a big boy! I love the look of the wood ones, wow.

Gucci has free roam of the house, but always chooses to stay in the same spot, next to the family room couch where she has a perfect view of the door and can hear me come home. I've never had any problems with her while we were gone.

I did leave the crate open for her to use, but she never chose to use it.

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Thanks everyone. I am looking into a large crate. I trust him completely, but not sure if DH does to leave him with free roam. His crate now is a nice size, but there isn't enough room to play or anything in it. I think I will get him a big crate (like one for a great dane) and then he will have lots of room. I would love the furniture one, but not sure if Brady would. He loves to see out the sides of the crate. I did notice Petedge has a nice wicker one now on the website. I still haven't gotten the new catolog.

I will have to talk to DH. Maybe I can talk him into starting to leave the crate open when we are only out for a short time. Brady is a routine guy and he sees us close the back door and knows we are leaving. He runs right into his crate and waits for his treat


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We leave our three in the kitchen when we are at work, and when we get our keys out, Lexi runs to her little bed and lays down - it is so cute how they all have their little routines. If we go out at night, and all have gone potty, we gate them in the kitchen & family room. As long as all pencils, pens, and tissues area away, they do fine. Laurie

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