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    Default Crate Training.

    We had the trainer come last week (she was fantastic BTW, am very pleased with the dogs progress and her attitude and methods) and she suggested that we invest in a crate each for the dogs.

    So today we went and bought them one each, I think they are a bit too big as we can fit two of them in sass's crate and sam's is even bigger but thats a non issue in the end I spose.

    However, I am really struggling. I mean, the kennels had the shelter from the wind and its a bit windy tonight. I put down some towels for them to sleep on (only until they are toilet trained inside the crate and then I will get proper durable bedding) but I feel really mean. They look so weird in these big crates, just looking at each other like WTF?

    I know I am doing the right thing as around 4/5am in the morning sass gets naughty and tries to dig holes under the house and get into the street so for a little while now she was being tied up at night and I know this is the better option, but I just feel so, I dunno, mean.

    Could others please share their experiences on crate training.

    Oh BTW we have the crates outside, under our open sided carport because we are in a rental atm and dont have enough space for these crates to come inside, however I am thinking aout putting them on the verandah but the only problem is that isnt in the fenced part of the yard.

    Okay, essay over.

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    Crates are meant for indoors not outdoors

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    Hmmm, I spoke to her about the crates being an outside thing and she didnt seem to worried. But I might try and make some room for them inside.

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    Oh they went really well BTW, I didnt hear a peep out of them all night..

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    You could try to get canvas covers for the crates when you need to leave them outside. Any equestrian supplies shop should be able to help out, and some of the window awning or shade sail people might too.

    And they definitely need to be out of the sun even with the cover on. So in the car port or under the verandah provided it doesn't get North or Western sun, would be good. I think I'd opt for staying in the fenced bit of yard - if only to discourage human visitors interferring with the "poor little dogs stuck in crates".

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    Hyacinth - She said that today when she came. So we have covered them over temporarily with sheets until we can get to a bigger hardware store for the right type of canvas or tarp covering (silly small towns).

    I asked her again today and she crating them outside was fine, as long as the crate was covered so that it was "den" like. The reason we are using the crates and not the two kennels we have for them is because she said where I am (central QLD) and the dry heat and cold winters, they will be better insulated in summer and we can pad them right up in winter and close the door so they dont drag the bedding all round the yard like they do atm with the kennel bedding.

    We still have the kennels and have put them under a big shaded tree for during the day. they dont bark in the crates like they do when they are free roaming. And sass is much happier than being tied up at night.

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    Hi Dreamingoflove

    I can't believe you don't have some sort of equestrian or even rural supplies in your town. Then again I can think of a few small country towns around here that don't have anything either - though the bakeries are usually excellent.

    I can't tie my puppy dog up. She eats the rope. I suppose I could chain her but I think that would only lead to trouble. So the crate is something that works and doesn't freak her out like being tied up does.

    Right now - she's growling at the fireworks. Which is an improvement on barking her head off. She's got another week to get used to them. And yet New Years - she didn't seem to notice or care or both. But she was much younger then with a lesser sense of protective importance.

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    Thought I would add some piccies of my happy babies.

    Sam sulking because he thought he was getting more pats.



    Sass lying down ready to sleep.



    They have really taken to it, I am so surprised. It really was me with the problem. Duh.

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    I have actually left one side uncovered that is between them so they can still see each other.. is that okay?? They have always slept together, so I thought this would help settle them. It still is den like however because the other two sides are covered. They can only see out the front. And it faces the house.

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    Hi Dreamingoflove

    If it's working and they're warm/cool enough then it's probably fine to let them see each other. Given your main motivation is keeping the dogs at home (not roaming the neighbourhood), a dog run big enough for them to share would be ok too - unless they tend to fight a lot. A double crate is probably too small though, each dog needs to be able to "escape" from the other one if it feels threatened.

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