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    I bought a large crate last week which is in my loungeroom and have tried putting them in there after they've gone to the toilet in the evening and they just scream their heads off. I was attempting to slowly crate train them by leaving them in there for an hour at a time then putting them back in their room. It got too noisey so I let them have a play with Molly for a while then put them back in their room now and Tash (my other dog) is locked in the crate. Is a C-Crate a normal cage type crate or is that something different?

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    If you go to various pet supply websites you'll see what a C-Crate is.

    Mine is the largest you can get. Because the lounge room is carpeted I went to the hardware and got a pce of lino cut to size to put down and then some vet bed across half and the rest papered. I clip a water small water bucket to the crate and put in toys, chews etc.

    C-crates fold flat for storage have a top but not a bottom. A determined dog can get out of them by going underneath.

    I know you already know this but riding out the crying has to be done. Absolutely no caving in.

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    I too brought mine up that they were adaptable and change did not worry them. As I was ill some days they got more attention than others. I gave them at least 15mts a day individual socialisation with me, even if that was just lying on the floor or my bed with each. One pup went off as a working dog and loves it and has been deemed almost perfect. The other went off through RADAR rescue who came to my aid just before I was due to start chemo. The new owners have contacted me twice saying how well he fits in and how great he is. I also brought them up to eat ANYTHING so there would not be any trouble with new owners and diet. Some of the supercoat puppy food went with them to assist in any slow changes they wished to make.
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    Thanks everyone, I'll give the crating another go over the weekend

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    The fact that you are doing what you can when so many others dont care says a lot. Your saving a life,and spending what time you can with them.

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    I think you are doing the best you can as well! I often have to remember that the other option is the green dream and therefore what we as foster carers offer is a far better cry from this.

    The only thing I would add is if you can allocate 5 mins every day individually to the pups and perhaps teach them to sit, or put them on a lead or what ever......5 mins per day per pup is all the training they can handle, but it does make a big difference to rehoming if the bubba has some sort of manners. Even better would be 2&1/2 mins 2 x times per day per pup.
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post

    The only thing I would add is if you can allocate 5 mins every day individually to the pups and perhaps teach them to sit, or put them on a lead or what ever......5 mins per day per pup is all the training they can handle, but it does make a big difference to rehoming if the bubba has some sort of manners. Even better would be 2&1/2 mins 2 x times per day per pup.
    I was just thinking about that this morning actually when I was feeding them, that they're old enough now to start sitting for their food and learning to stay. I'm going to try feeding them separately from tonight because they're absolutely feral when I feed them, I think they must have been a little starved when they were found. I've been picking them up individually and giving cuddles and belly rubs for a couple of minutes when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mollinator View Post
    I was just thinking about that this morning actually when I was feeding them, that they're old enough now to start sitting for their food and learning to stay. I'm going to try feeding them separately from tonight because they're absolutely feral when I feed them, I think they must have been a little starved when they were found. I've been picking them up individually and giving cuddles and belly rubs for a couple of minutes when I can.
    It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!

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    Pretty good advise you have alread M, keep up your good work you are doing well considering the alternatives

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