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cozy crate?

i spoke with a behaviorist down her in florida, talked to her about my dog who had major SA issues, which we've cleared up but down here in florida, he's still adjusting so we take him with us where ever we go and have a dog sitter come sit with him at night when we go out to dinner. anyways, she suggested putting a crate in the kitchen to create a den like space for him. a space for him to go hang out in when we are gone, a place for him to feel secure. he's confined to the kitchen when we leave but he has windows to look out and lots of room to roam. he's been out of the crate since he was one, we crate trained him when he was a puppy. i'd like to find something that i can keep the door off or open all the time, but something cozy. everything i've seen looks cold, nothing cozy. can anyone recommend a cozy crate/den that their dogs love?!
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If money is not an issue, this is something that I was thinking of getting for Kubrick, though I don't think I will any more as he rarely uses his crate now anyway:

If your dog has no problems with being in a crate, a nylon crate is also nice and my aunt keeps her two dogs in it with no problems. They seem cozier, to me, than a wire one. Kubrick's crate right now is a plastic travel crate, but it's very small and pretty much only has room for him and one toy. He only uses it to sleep.

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Brady is still in a crate when we are not home. I trust him to leave him in the kitchen, but he gets upset when we leave and we don't put him in his crate. He is just so used to it and comfortable in there. We never put him in it when we are home, but he does go in it and sleep sometimes on his home. Here are a few I found which look nicer than your typical crates.

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I know that the all the Orvis products we've had experience with are all very high quality and good! We used them on our lab her whole life and we now use some of their smaller things on Norah. There a really great company and I highly recommend any of their "hidden crates" We had a wonderful one for our lab that fit into our window seat.
Also, when we first got Norah her crate, it looked cold and hard so we went out and bought a ton of fleece blankets that we switch around in it every so often. Norah likes to curl up under the blankets so we put 2 pieces of fleece in there. It's worked great for us!
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I never have crated my dogs, as I was always afraid of them getting trapped or unduly left in the crate too long should I get delayed in Tritia's recent experience with the thermostat going beserk...

I started by leaving them in an xpen with plenty of water and food, and now just leave them in our large family room when we are gone.
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Oh, Karen, that soft crate looks so nice. Like a cabana at a resort!

Biscuit has the wicker one (see pic in Havs in the morning thread) and you can order from Orvis a nice liner, just like a baby's crib bumper, that comes up the sides. It is super cozy. He loves it in there.

I don't crate him during the day, however, only at night. He is fine at home alone, but if I'm going to be gone awhile, I gate him in the kitchen/family room/breakfast room, which is spacious.

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I have one like this for work but without the little bench next to it. With a nice thick cushion inside and another on top it acts like a den or puts R. up level with my desktop!

Here's an interesting thing for someone who is using a litter box for their Hav. I've never seen anything like this before.
One of the additional views shows a doggies coming out and the table is used as a bedside table. Really though, who would want the litter box right next to the head of the bed???
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First, Is buddy the type of dog that would go into the crate on his own? My girls aren't... so it wouldn't matter if it is prettier. I do have soft sided crates with blankets, i like that so i can just wash them as needed. With the crate it is something, next time around, I am hoping to encourage the crate. My friend has 5 dogs and fees them in their crates and all she has to say is "go kennel" and they rush to them. They associate getting special bones, being fed, and being secure in their crate. When she is training and her dog has had enough, it will run into it's crate. Where as with Dora, I have to shove her into her crate. Well I only use it temporarily when I am training the other dog, or car rides (they are willing to go crate then!)

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Brady eats in his crate too and used to sleep in it when he was a puppy. He definately associates his crate with being in a safe place. I also leave the tv on when we are not home for him.

I just have to show off my litterbox (for my cats though). My 18 pound hav would never fit in there!

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I know I posted this link's certainly not for everyone or every house, but I think this "cave" is so neat! If it wasn't for the unbelievable price I would have a multi-chamber one for my pack. Grrrr if only I knew an artist!


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