I have a few questions about crate training if anyone is able to help out. I've had a read of a few articles from google but have a few specific questions.
Our boys haven't been trained yet (they are now 9 months) but we are looking to train them soon to make things easier if we're doing housework, want to go camping ( ) and also because now that's its winter, they have been going to the toilet inside sometimes, they have access to go outside but are avoiding the wet/cold.
Just when I thought that toilet training was over....
* Should you get the size to suit them eg. Large or is it ok to get a bigger one for space?
* Do you just keep a bed and a couple of toys in there? I think I read somewhere a water bowl as well but I'm thinking that this could get messy and then they'll need to go to the toilet more...
* Do you keep them in there overnight when sleeping? If so, is 8 hours too long? Do you still need to let adult dogs out say at 2am to go to the toilet?
*How long can you leave them in there when they are awake eg. if a handyman is over or something?
* If you have 2 dogs, should you teach them which one is there's or let them swap and change? (our dogs have identical beds and change all the time without a fuss, not sure if this would be different with crates though?)
*What do you personally prefer soft portable crates or metal cages and why?
*Does anyone use a playpen type set up permanently at home? (Picture attached) And if so, would you put 2 dogs in there?
Sorry, I know this is long, and there a often topics about crate training on here. don't need all questions answered if you cant be bothered