Breeding, Showing, Training and general crazy making!!!
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I love crates! I've used them a lot over the years, mostly for the smaller rescue dogs that I've brought home. I mainly use them as sleeping quarters, but have also used them to house-train the odd dog here and there.
I have always put a cover over the top, back and sides as I think they find it cosy, and makes them feel safer having "walls" rather than just the cage walls. But if it's for a bit of quiet time in the living room, then I'll leave one side open so they can see what's going on etc. If a dog starts carrying on then I'll cover it up so they can't see anything at all and it's boring for them.... the cover comes off when they are calm. They soon learn that carrying on gets their view blocked, staying calm means they get to watch what's happening. Worked very well for a young JRTx I had a few years back! Helped him to learn to behave calmly as well as house-trained him!
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Megan, we have a crate out on the back verandah at the moment, it's got a small blue tarp tightly wrapped around it, it's doubling up as an extra kennel at the moment until hubby builds another one.
I'd probably pick one spot for it inside and one spot for it outside if that's also going to be it's use and stick with that until he's accustomed to it.
Last edited by mouseandchicken; 04-12-2010 at 09:35 AM.
Update for last night.
We moved the crate to the loungeroom just as we were about to head to bed. Lured Troopa in with a couple of treats and closed the door.
He did a few small barks and then went quiet. Didn't hear from him again until 5am this morning when my husband went and let him outside
Great news Megan, he sounds like an easy going boy and a dream to train.
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