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This might seem like a silly question, but I'm asking anyway. CoCo is 4 months old and already weighs 12 pounds. I bought the 24"X18" crate and keep it in my bedroom were he sleeps at night. He touches end to end when streached out and has no problem being in there at night. I've been dragging this crate up and down 14 stairs to put the crate in the living room because if I go out during the day and can't bring him he cries in his crate upstairs. (To be honest he cries and howls in his crate no matter where it is but only during the day) I need a second crate. Should I get the next size up for the day time and keep it downstairs? But won't I need a larger one soon for night time? I live in an apartment and I've been staying home just so he won't howl in his crate and disturb the neighbors. Do you think a larger confined space would help?
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Is he a Havanese mix? Seems very big for 4 months!! I think Tillie was like 4 lbs at 4 months... If I was in your situation I would buy a bigger crate and KEEP it downstairs, I can imagine hauling it up and downstairs would get OLD real fast!

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Hi All,

This might seem like a silly question, but I'm asking anyway. CoCo is 4 months old and already weighs 12 pounds. I bought the 24"X18" crate and keep it in my bedroom were he sleeps at night. He touches end to end when streached out and has no problem being in there at night. I've been dragging this crate up and down 14 stairs to put the crate in the living room because if I go out during the day and can't bring him he cries in his crate upstairs. (To be honest he cries and howls in his crate no matter where it is but only during the day) I need a second crate. Should I get the next size up for the day time and keep it downstairs? But won't I need a larger one soon for night time? I live in an apartment and I've been staying home just so he won't howl in his crate and disturb the neighbors. Do you think a larger confined space would help?
Have you seen what a x pin looks like? That may be better if you have to leave him for more than a hour or so. It allows him room to play and have a area to go potty. Or if you have a area in the kitchen for him to be in he may be happier.

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That does seem awfully large for 4 months......mine are only 10 and 11lbs now at a little over a year old........can you gate off a larger area for him?
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I agree with the xpen idea. I probably would howl too if I were in a crate during the day and night.

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Bentley sleeps in an X pen. We got it from www.seabreezepetitepens.com. He has the taller sides octagon shaped one and it has a vinyl coated floor in case of potty accidents. We love this option and he can move around so much more. It folds up and we have taken it to my in-laws house when he has spent time there while we go on vacation etc.

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Thanks for the advice. I do believe he's a full havanese not a mix. But who knows. I did what I thought was good reseach on his breeder. I was a little disapointed at first when he he started to grow so much, but he's such a cutie I can't help but love every inch of him. I think and x-pen would be to big (kitchen is small) so maybe just gate the kitchen is the best way to go or one of those dog play pens I saw on Amazon. In any event it's so good to have people like all of you to help with suggestions and ideas. Thanks again,
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What's Coco's feeding schedule like? And what exactly are you feeding him?

Our Lola has been on a twice per day feeding schedule (something the breeder had started prior to us picking her up)

We feed Fromm dry kibble (1/3 cup) and haven't had any issues. There are days where Lola will pick and not eat very much, but she generally makes up for it the next day.

Lola will be 4 months this weekend and I believe she weighs approx 4 lbs or so.

Each pup is different though, so yours may have a larger appetite and energy level.

As far as the crate is concerned, I'd probably buy a larger one (next size up)

Our Lola will cry if left locked in our bathroom with her crate (crate door open, bathroom CLOSED!), but after 5-10 minutes, she settles and is asleep. I've read it's good for them to have some "alone" time and thankfully, she has learned to soothe herself and knows we're always nearby.
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I have the 24x18 for Jack. He barely fits, stretched out. I haven't weighed him recently but I would say he is around 16 lbs. Jack is 9 months old.

I think you may need the next size up. Coco is going to be a big'un.

Measure from nose to base of tail + 2-4 inches for length.
floor to top of head + 2-4 inches for height.

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I would go for the ex-pen too. It can be folded so it's not open full out if you don't have the space, but he'll have somewhat of an open space to be in. You can keep his pee pads at one end, and his food and water somewhere in the middle. At the other end you could have a fabric crate liner bed or some sort of bed for him.

As for size, Bailey grew like a weed and I thought he'd be a blimp, based upon the rate at which he was gaining weight. Now, at 3 years old, he's 14 lbs.

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