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Old 05-29-2017, 02:09 PM   #1
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Crating the Dog

Sometimes we have to leave the dog in the trailer for a couple of hours. We have the SensorPush gateway so we can monitor the cabin temperature remotely.

We got him a crate, but we can't leave it permanently open because it takes up too much room. So we got a EliteField folding crate and we store it in our bedroom when not in use.

I'm not particularly fond of crates but Max (my dog) is actually more comfortable in his crate than being left loose (as evidenced by a remote camera I have). He's quite fond of his crate. Who knew.

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Old 05-29-2017, 02:31 PM   #2
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I have a very similar crate that I keep behind the gaucho when not in use.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:03 AM   #3
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Dogs are not only pack animals, they are den animals. While we treat them as family, their instincts drive them to den and nest. Key thing is not to use the crate as punishment nor, oddly enough, to go in it. This is their space, a place of retreat when they want "alone" time so it may be surprising if a dog who never growls does so when a human or other dog messes with their den.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:05 AM   #4
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He's quite fond of his crate. Who knew.
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Aren't you also fond of your crate?



It may be larger and have wheels, but . . .

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Old 06-11-2017, 12:54 PM   #5
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I hear that dogs feel safer in a small space just big enough to turn around.
However, Molly would chew through a fabric crate in an hour.
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That's cool to see! Once we get started, I was going to invest in a similar foldable crate, so I'm glad it works for you. Our dog seems happier in her kennel when we are away than she does running around. I think too much space without people in it overwhelms her. Or maybe it's the same reason that, growing up, I liked being in my own room with the door shut sometimes.
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FC Streamer....I love your door mat!!! If/when we get a new trailer, I'm going to find one like that!
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Crating the Dog

Traveling with up to six small dogs has show us they like the security of a crate, even if they are in them in pairs. We also noticed that they quickly decided the shiny AS doghouse was home on extended trips.

When our dogs are tired, they actually seek out their crate to get away from excessive excitement. It's denning behaviour and they do it to get s break.
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Dogs love crates. I use the soft-sided foldable kind too. They don't rattle like a metal crate when the dog moves around. But it's best to crate train in a metal one. Some dogs will dig at first. If they dig out of a soft crate, they may never give up trying.
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We've been crate training our dogs for decades now. While we don't have our AS yet, each one I look at is assessed for crate space.
I hadn't thought about a soft sided crate, I wonder if my trouble maker would tear through it.
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Well, Max found a way out of his crate. Had to get him a folding metal one. Now he can’t get out...
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Well, Max found a way out of his crate. Had to get him a folding metal one. Now he can’t get out...
I once had a 14lb pug chew her way out of a soft sided crate, and then the pocket of the jeans I'd left dog treats in!
With my large dogs, I'd have to stick with metal I think....
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Our GSD are the door off her soft sided crate. Stick with metal.
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