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    Default Operation: Transition out of the crate

    So the four of us live in a very small row house. Winnie my 3 year old EB is 70lbs & Logie my Frenchie is just over a year old at 20lbs. Both of them have crates that are much bigger than required because we wanted them to have plenty of room. So we have two large crates taking up space in our very small little house. We crate during the days and nights. My fiancé and I have great schedules for them because he leaves around 8am in the morning and I get home from work around 3pm. So crating worked well for all of us. They willingly go in when we say bedtime and they head back to their crates after breakfast and their morning walk. They don't go in by themselves when we're home but why would they? The only fear is my older EB will miss his crate. I see that he has a lot of comfort there and may miss it. I don't think lil Logie will mind at all if his crate is gone. The only trouble I have for him is getting into the bathroom trash and destroying empty toilet paper rolls. I would of course keep the crates and put them in storage for travel but how do you guys think I should start this process of taking them away completely from them

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    I'd like to hear what everyone has to say!

    I'd like to start transitioning Penny out of her crate some. I feel like she still needs it at night -- she gets would up around 9:30 & we have to "put her to bed" like a toddler every night, haha. She is snoring about 30 seconds after we put her in.

    I left her out for an hour yesterday when I went to the store & she did great!

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    This is going to be one of those 'all dogs are different' answers...

    My old Aussie was fine being left out while we where gone and we could trust him to wander the house at night. My younger Aussie will destroy the house if we leave her unattended.

    If we let Molly (EB puppy) out of our sight for 5 minutes the Governor will probably call the National Guard for disaster relief.

    I would recommend buying a small indoor dog pen or gate and start by limiting them to a small area. Over time give them more range. If they have a bed/pillow/spot to call their own they should be ok.

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    I also have and EB and a FB. My frenchie Diva who is 4 sleeps in her crate at night (when we adopted her she was having accidents), we have decided to slowly start letting her choose where she wants to sleep since she no longer has accidents in the house. She does love her crate but she would much rather sleep on the couch or on the bed with us. The previous owners of Gio had him in a crate at night but right when we got him we knew that he wasn't meant for a crate...he sleeps with me at night on the bed and he sleeps from about 10pm-11am without walking around. I would leave the doors open at night and see where Winnie chooses to sleep, a playpen might be a good idea for the first couple of days too.

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    We just started leaving Thor out at night...he'll sleep all night on the couch at 6 mos. The only thing I've noticed is he wakes up earlier when he doesn't sleep in his crate... *grr*

    However, if we leave the house during the day he HAS to be crated. The last time he wasn't he ate half a slipper.

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    I agree with @Lucy-licious! I would get them a bed and soon, they will go the their beds instead of the crate. I just hope they aren't like a couple of mine and eat their bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaikousha View Post
    However, if we leave the house during the day he HAS to be crated. The last time he wasn't he ate half a slipper.
    I'll see your 1/2 slipper..... and raise you an ENTIRE $5k COUCH!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLost View Post
    I'll see your 1/2 slipper..... and raise you an ENTIRE $5k COUCH!!!
    OH you win hahahaha.

    But i'll throw in the DVD case he ate...don't ask >.<

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    Bubba is not trustworthy at a little over a year old! He's fine at nights now not sleeping in his crate. I close the bedroom door and he sleeps on his bed. The other terriors sleep on my bed. When he's on my bed...no one relaxes and I'm afraid he'll fall off of the high bed. He's gotten used to it. I tried. Locking off kitchen and other living area during the day, to try to get him out of the crate. He chewed the cable line to bits! Thankfully no power there! The last week I confined him to the kitchen and put his bed in there. He's doing ok. Chewed the corners of the cabinets a tiny bit. Put hot sauce on the parts he chewed...no more chewing noted! Lol. Long winded..sorry

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    i crate trained jameson and he slept in and was crated while at work for about a year. the ex let him sleep on the bed due to his work schedule and sleeping during the day. i started leaving the crate door open and he would sleep on the chair in the living room...he still went in the crate sometimes and always when he was pouting. then i bought bed stairs and he started sleeping on my bed....love him to death but bed hog...i took the crate down but he will still go in the portable when it's out.

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    I cannot imagine not having crates......nope. I'm keepin mine!

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    Default Re: Operation: Transition out of the crate

    sarah has never been in a crate a day in her life. but shes never torn anything up or done anything to need one. now if i had a puppy that would be different.

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