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Which crate does your Hav sleep in happily?

Marley has a wire crate downstairs for when we are gone during the day. I bought it after he completely freaked out in the plastic crate (intermediate size) that we were going to crate train him in.

We do use the plastic crate for night time, and it sits on a couple of other tupperware boxes, so it's pretty much at bed level. Just about every night he ends up on the bed eventually after a bunch of whining, although both hubby and I would prefer not to have him there (I don't feel I get the rest I need and just doesn't really want him there). Even on the bed he moves around quite a lot, so I think the plastic crate may just be too confining for him. Plus, the whole propped up on the Tupperware thing seems a little off now that he is about 8 months old.

I am thinking of buying another wire crate for upstairs, hoping that will keep him happy, but thought I would check first what everyone who crates their Hav's at night is using...

So...size, maker etc.? I wanna know it all!

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When we first got Nico at 9 weeks, he slept on the floor of our bedroom in a plastic crate (Petmate Kennel Cab, medium size). He liked his crate from the very beginning. He cried a bit at night the first few days, but we didn't want him sleeping in our bed, so he stayed in the crate. When we got Desi (when Nico and Desi were 5 months old), he came to us with a wire crate (Midwest Lifestyles 24x18), and he had been sleeping in his crate in the kitchen at his old house. We took that opportunity to move Nico down to sleep in the kitchen as well, and got him a wire crate like Desi's and put the two crates next to each other so the pups could see each other. They both love their crates and happily sleep in them every night. When I say "crate" at night, they make a dash for their crates. The mad dash might be related to the biscuit they get every night when they go into their crates, of course. Size-wise, Nico could still easily sleep in his plastic crate. He's nearly 10 months old and weighs about 10 pounds. Desi is 15 pounds and he could sleep in the plastic crate also, but he wouldn't have as much room.
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Alexa, what has he slept in so far every night before he started whining? Or has he always been whining in his crate and you put him in your bed afterwards? I think therein lies the problem, he learned that he will eventually get into your bed if he whines enough.
Also, has your breeder crate trained him? If yes, ask her what she used, that might help too. Pablo likes his plastic crate and we gradually moved his crate from next to our bed to next door.
Sorry, can't answer any wire crate Q's.

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Alexa, We use a Vari-kennel for Rufus with a crate pad. He has the 200 size, I think it's 27x20.

I can tell you it won't matter what kind of crate you get him, if you give in to his whining he will keep doing it. If you truly don't want him in the bed, you're going to have to stand firm about it. Put him in his crate and tell him good night and be prepared to hear him whine for a few days until he understands that won't work anymore.
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Alexa, you are too funny - whine whine whine - yell, whine whine whine bed!!
They are SOOOO smart & know how to get us. Although it may take a few nights of whining longer than normal, Marley will quiet down! Boy did I learn that lesson with my kids!!! Marley just has you wrapped around his finger, just like the rest of us.
If you REALLY dont want him in your bed, then just tell him "quiet", and praise him when he is quiet. He will get it. My guys are so trained with their wire crates now, that they sleep with me till around 11pm, then get off & go in their crates on their own, and if hubby comes up later, he puts them in their crates. I LOVE having them in bed with me, but with three it is hard, and at 4am when they are licking your face, it is kinds hard to love them so much!! I promise, a couple days of whining and Marley will get it!!~

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My two dogs sleep in a wire crate medium size with those snoozie type liners .. I have them in white and leopard skin .
I cover their crates at night . That way they know this is it boys Good night !!. In the desert they sleep in the same room which is good I think if they ever have health issues ..
At home they have their own room and they are quite happy to be there . I doubt it would work if I onky had one dog but the two really support one another and they do not mind it at all ..
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Both mine sleep very happily and comfy in their small pet taxis!!! I love how easy they are to move around and the pups have soft beds that are made to fit the taxis
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He goes to sleep just fine in the plastic crate, and I just ignore his whining if he tries it at bed time, he just seems to get very restless at some point and just keeps moving around scratching on the sides of the plastic crate etc. and then whines like he's claustrophobic in there. So even if I ignored the whining, that sound alone is too loud to deal with forever.

I'll try the covered up wire crate with a soft pad, I guess I just had to hear that some Havs actually do sleep in their crate and are ok with that!!

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My three boys sleep in wire crates with a pad inside, with no problem. Your boy will whine as long as it is working for him.

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I have the medium size pet taxi and Bailey sleeps very comfortable in it. She has her fleece blanket and I give her a small toy (well she might wake up at night) The first few nights she was whining and scratching the bottom of the crate and I felt guilty. I just told her to 'knock it off' and I ignored her. After that, she now knows when it is time to go to bed and she goes inside without much of a fuss. I shut the light and tell her 'night night', and then leave. She knows when it is time to get up because she hears my alarm clock.
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