Questions tagged [crate]

For questions about using crates with pets, often dogs. Crate training, safety, size and other issues. Whether the crate is used for sleeping, transport or other containment uses. Use with the relevant species tag, such as `dog` and any other relevant tags, such as `behavior`

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Appropriate dog crate size UK

I have a friend who has a 6-7 month old working Golden Retriever pup. He’s still quite a small dog as he is young. She has been informed that she has had a complaint from a neighbour to the police and ...
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How can I get our puppy to learn new house breaking skills?

Our Coton de Tuléar, named Ruby, is 4.5 months old. We thought we did well limiting her space to the kitchen and providing a small area outside her crate (where she sleeps) for elimination. Initially, ...
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Can I use two crates to crate train my new puppy?

We are getting ready to crate train our new puppy when she comes home. We would like to have a crate on the first floor of our home for daytime use and another crate in our bedroom for night time. ...
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My dog goes crazy in a cage and destroys everything. HELP

I have an 11 months old female husky, she has a lot of energy and she’s very sweet. We took a training class and she did very well but lately she started destroying things in the house when we leave, ...
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Is it ok that my puppy needs to very sleepy before they're happy to be alone in crate/pen?

We recently got a french bulldog/jack russel mix puppy of about 8 weeks old. She loves people and loves curling up on your lap to sleep. 3 weeks in (I know not long!) and we are slowly working our ...
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Is feeding a puppy in the crate for the purpose of getting them comfortable with crate or another reason?

We have a new 8-week-old Boxer puppy we brought home yesterday. We are crate training her and most of what we are reading says to feed the pup in the crate but it seems like it says that is to get ...
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Dog Aggression In Crate

I have a Labrador retriever that is two and a half years old. He has some odd aggression when he is put in his crate. 90%-95% of the time, he goes in his crate with no abnormalities. He even goes on ...
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Keeping a crated dog occupied while I'm at work?

I have a Border Beagle (6-7 years old) who is just the sweetest thing, and although I give her all the attention I can while at home and she's as happy as can be, we have to keep her in a crate while ...
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3 mo. old dachshund puppy is quiet in crate for an hour, then starts barking

Our 3 mo. old dachshund puppy has gotten pretty good at being in his crate for about an hour to an hour and a half during the day. We've never had any trouble at night. He'll sleep 8+ hours and doesn'...
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How long of silence/calmness to reward when crate training (9 week old dachshund)?

Just a quick question about crate training. He quite likes his crate and being in it, but he doesn't like being separated with the door closed, which I know is normal. I'm trying to teach him that ...
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Adult Golden Doodle needs to stay home alone for 10 hours on weekdays, having trouble with accidents

I recently moved an hour away from my job, my 5 year old male Golden Doodle is house trained, he never has accidents when I'm home nor did he while I was at work before I moved, but now that I'm gone ...
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Adult “house trained” Dog Using Bathroom While In Crate

Our dog uses the bathroom while in the crate. Sunday it was pretty bad, as he was walked around 8 AM, and then was taken out to go to the bathroom at 10 AM. He was then put in the crate. We arrived ...
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For an adult, housebroken dog, is it okay to not have a crate?

I am planning to adopt an adult dog that is already housebroken. Everything I read about crate training says that it is very helpful for house training puppies, but I can’t find anything about adult ...
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10 week Havachon menace, tantrum crying/howling in crate and playpen constantly, compounded by biting

We have several problems. Main Problem: Howling/crying bloody murder What happens: Howls, barks angrily, jumping up at the door of crate/barrier Sometimes bites/gnaws on barrier/crate Compounds ...
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Crating puppy first night

We are getting a puppy and I'm find conflicting advice on if she should be in her crate the first night. Some people say to have her in the crate, closed (waking her up every couple of hours to use ...
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Dog barks only when she thinks she's alone

About the Dog: ~3 years old ~30lbs Rescued Stray Spayed Finnish Spitz / Miniature Belgian Sheepdog / Mix Background First week I had her, I worked from home for house breaking, crate training, and ...
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How Can I Put My Food-Obsessed Dog in His Crate and Keep Him Occupied Without Freaking Out?

My four-month old lab/shepherd mix is doing pretty well with crate-training. Especially when he's tired. If he's even close to tired when I need to put him in there, he'll fall asleep pretty quickly ...
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How Can I Bring My Newly Mid-Crate-Training Puppy to My Partner's House to Sleep?

I have a 13-week old puppy for almost a week now. He's a very good dog but with a lot of very normal puppy qualities (about 50% there on potty training, pretty good at crate-training, chewing on ...
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Dogs barking in their crate at 5:30 every morning

We recently rescued two poodle terriers ages 6 and 7. When we first got them they stayed quiet until we got up. Its been about 4 months since we've had them and about a month ago they started ...
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dog crates: okay to share?

I have 2 dogs. My wife and I recently purchased two identical crates for each of them. Is it okay if they swap crates? We thought that they would each want to "own" one that the other one wouldn't be ...
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Crate training a puppy: Should the cage be empty?

I've read a few questions here discussing this (slightly), and it appears that one answer suggests dividing the cage somehow and letting one half be a bathroom area, and one half where the puppy can ...
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How to stop dogs from making noise?

I have two 80 lb tamaskan puppies who sleep in their crates at night. I don't know if all crates come with the same type of tray, but mine are not smooth on the bottom (they have a kind of bumpy ...
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Puppy crate training

I need some advice. I have a 9 month old female puppy who I'm trying to housebreak. I work Monday-Friday, leave at 6am and get home at 5pm. I understand it's a long time for her to be alone. I've been ...
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Dogs increasingly becoming picky and going to the bathroom in crate

So I have 2 dogs (1 boy 1 girl) that are fixed and are 10 years in age. They are siblings and are miniature doberman pinschers mixed with maltese. My mother died last March and had been taking care of ...
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How to house-train a dog with separation anxiety?

I recently got a 7 to 8 month old rescue, who I believe was previously abused / abandoned. He is loving towards people, but is extremely anxious when left alone. I am trying to crate train him, ...
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Dog restless at night in new crate

We've had our 15 month old Golden mix for over a year now. He's usually crated at night, and he's been sleeping well. He usually wakes up before us but doesn't make a peep till he sees us stirring - ...
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7 Week Old Husky Puppy Cries In Crate

I have a 7 week old Husky Puppy, and he is very sweet. Potty training is going well, and we are very happy with him. Our only issue is that he absolutely hates his crate when he is awake. I ...
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How to undo the mistakes I have done in potty training?

I Have a Cocker Spaniel puppy (3 months now) and the past 2 months I realized after research that I have done a terrible mistake in potty & crate training. I built him a big crate and placed the ...
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How long can my 9 month old puppy stay in the crate?

We have a roughly 9 month old "puppy." We have a dog walker come in during the middle of the day, making our dog's longest stint in the crate about 4.5 hours. Our dog walker won't be able to come for ...
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Is it ok to move dog crate from room to room?

I am getting a labrador puppy in a few weeks and we are planning on crate training him. We are trying to decide where to place the crate and we think that we want him to be in the living room with us ...
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Please Help me find a solution for my 6 months dog!

I recently brought a Shih Tzu dog, he's so adorable, we love him so much, we usually leave him at least 8 hours alone a day while I am at work. Every time I am back the I find him peeing on the ...
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How do I know when my puppy is ready to be loose in the house?

What kind of behaviors should I be looking for before I let my young dog loose in even part of the house? Right now, she has a 4x6 zone that is pup-safe. All I want to give her access to right now is ...
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How can I train my dog to sleep quietly in a crate when he misses his dog friend?

Two weeks ago, we got my wife's dog in house after it lived with another dog and slept in a crate with that dog for 9 years. Obviously we didn't sleep that well for the first few days. Now our dog is ...
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How to do an 8-hour road trip with a husky puppy

I will be travelling with a female Siberian Husky puppy in about a month from now, and by then my pup would've been 2 1/2 months old. I'm a bit uncertain on how i'm going to do this, I've crawled the ...
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Should we crate our puppy during their first car ride?

If a puppy has yet to be introduced to a crate, is it more stressful to crate the dog (and thus possibly create a bad association with the crate) or should we try some other method of transporting the ...
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How to handle a cat's “bathroom” needs when confined to a travel crate?

For travel my cat will be confined to a crate for up to 30 hours. I will be able to give him attention, food, and water throughout but likely not able to take him out. How should I handle his ...
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I don't understand crate training. What am I missing?

Kennel training is driving me crazy. I have read article after article on the subject and I have a few unanswered questions. For example, I see a LOT of people saying that you need to take your puppy ...
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Is it OK to use two different sized crates for crate training?

We're about to get our first ever puppy and we have one 3 cubic foot crate and a travel crate that is maybe two thirds the size. Is it OK to use both or will this confuse the puppy? He'll probably be ...
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Is it OK to crate my new dog at night while my old dog roams the house?

We adopted a dog almost three years ago from our local shelter. He is an amazing dog with tons of energy. We've been thinking about getting a companion dog for him for some time. Today, we finally ...
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How do I stop a crated dog from barking?

We recently rescued our dog (6-12 months old), who was very undernourished and slept quite often. As we've done with other pets, we attempted to crate train him. At first, it didn't appear that he had ...
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What is “crating” a dog?

First; this is not to ask for a step-by-step training advice. There are many questions and answers on Pets-SE that mention "crating" and "crate-training" a dog. First time I personally found crate-...