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    Default Crate Training an Adopted Staffy X (long)

    Hi,

    I will be adopting a staffy cross in a little while. He is about 12 months old we think.

    I have been reading heaps on how to help him settle in and crate training seems to be very high on the list. I have never used a crate, so I would appreciate any suggestions regarding this.

    So far I think I need to introduce it to him from day 1, it has to be his happy safe place, the kids aren't allowed near him if he is having quiet time (my kids are not babies 12,9 & 6), it needs to be comfortable and cosy and we can move it around so he can be with us.

    Any suggestions as to what to do the first night? do I put him in the crate in our bedroom and close the door the crate door or leave the door open? I don't know how well he has been toilet trained so do I close the door and then take him out first thing to start the toilet routine?

    When we are at work, can I put the crate outside on our covered verandah or should he have an inside crate and an outside trampoline?

    Thank you for your patience and insights.

    regards

    Curly Girl

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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Bet you can't wait for your new baby to arrive??

    There have been lots of posts on crate training just recently which you will probably find using the Search.

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    Thank you for the kind welcome.

    I am counting the sleeps. We have just bought a new house with a beautiful fenced yard. I haven't been able to have a dog for a while because of a range of reasons - fences, babies, jobs. But now I have the ok from my partner (not a dog man - yet) and we decided on a rescue dog. I want to do everything I can to make it as smooth a tranistion as I can.

    Regards

    CG

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    Hi &

    Yep.. i too am a SBT fanatic.

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    Cleasanta,

    What sort of crate do you have? How big? We think that our dog is staffy x border collie, and he is leggier rather than classic staffy spudsy.

    Can you explain the mechanics of feeding them there (dumb question I'm sure. Does your crate have a side door?

    So many questions

    thanks for getting back to me.

    regads

    CG

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    Ok, I don't, nor have I ever had Staffies, so I know nothing of their specific needs, but I do know a little about crate training.

    Our one year old GSD has been crate trained since the day she came home, at 7 and a half weeks.

    I started her out by giving her her meals in there, if I had a chicken wing or bone etc for her, gave that to her in her crate, so she'd associate it with good things.

    When Mia was a baby, I would take her outside to the toilet just before I went to bed at around 11pm, she would normally wake me again about 3am, and then OH would let her out around 6am when he got up for work, she was then back in her crate and woke again about 7-8am when I got up.

    Mostly for the toilet training aspect, we closed the door on her crate at night, until we completely trusted her not to go inside. Now, her crate is still in our bedroom, and she still sleeps in it, but the door stays open so she can come and go.

    Ours is from memory the second biggest one (I think around 42 inches), and has the side door as well as a door on one end.

    I also would put a favorite toy of hers in there with her (as a baby I started her off with a snuggle puppy) just for comforts sake.

    Being an adult dog, I'd assume (and I could be wrong) that toilet training would sink in more quickly?

    And my advice would be, put his crate wherever you want him to sleep from day 1 to the last day he's with you. If you plan on him sleeping in your bedroom, then put his crate there, if you plan on him sleeping in the lounge, put it there, etc.

    Best of luck!

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    Hello and welcome.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thank you. You have all been very welcoming.

    cheers

    Curly Girl

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    So when I put him to bed the first night, do you think I can close the door, with the obvoius pre bed wander around outside to do the doing beforehand?

    My plan at the moment is pick him up (about 90 minutes from home). Keep him with me on a lead to get used to home. In the PM, take him on a really long walk/run so he is tired, give him dinner and just let him hang with us (on a lead?) then toilet then bed (in a crate in our room - OH still not convinced about this).

    Wake up in the morning, early long walk/run, playing with kids etc while we get ready for work/school - then breakfast in a buster cube/kong type of arrangement so he has something to do during the day. Stays outside in safe yard with tramp bed, until we get home. Repeat first day PM.

    That's week days. On weekends we have sport, so he wil come with us to that. I do my LSD run (usually about an hour but just puttering along), plus obedience classes with the kennel club at Narrabeen, then just hanging and chilling out with us.

    My previous experience with Kelpies is that a tired dog tends to be a much more contented dog. Add in my planned clicker training and he will be so busy he won't have time to freak out .

    That's the plan. Anything I have got wrong, could be improve or have missed.

    cheers

    Curly Girl

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