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I'm seriously going to be named the "question lady" lol. I really do appreciate all the support and advice. You are all my "go to" people..who better to ask right? So my question of the day..how many of you have crates for your dogs? Are they the hard crates or the canvas fold up kind? We just want a quiet spot for the pups, not necessarily something they will be confined to. With our daughter living away from home, they will be doing alot of traveling. I thought maybe the canvas kind because they would be easier to transport. Any advice?? Any time I have a question, my husband goes to do research then says...hey why don't you ask your doodle friends, lol... You people are the best!!!

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Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on April 10, 2012 at 4:26pm

Thanks so much everyone for all the advice. We did get two crates. Little Jax jumped right in his, Daisy was a little leery. I've been putting treats in the crates for them, and now I'm going to try some food in there (Thanks Bruce). I actually found Daisy sleeping in her's this morning at nap time. Right now they are in the den where it's quiet, but tonight I am going to try bringing them in the bedroom. I want them to sleep in them so when we visit my daughter they will be comfortable and be able to bring a little bit of "home" with them.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on April 10, 2012 at 4:21pm

Two stories..first, my bro-in-law got a lab puppy.  Put a crate in the "mud" room back of the house.  Dog slept there and ate there, and spent the night there for quite some time.  Soon it became his man-cave, where he went to get away, nap, or eat.  It took only a short time to keep the crate closed...after that, it was left open and the dog knew it was HIS place.

Second...at our local SPCA, we always feed the dogs inside the crates, locked.  Takes a bit for the newer dogs to get used to that, but with 2 or sometimes 3 dogs to a big pen, we needed to separate the food bowls.  Didn't take long for the dogs to run to the crate to eat, and many would nap in the crates.  Being "crate-trained" was a big plus for adoptions...

So...recommendation.  Find a nice place, off to the side, but still within range of the family, to put the crate.  (Even in the bedroom where you all sleep would be ok )  Start by feeding inside the crate, each and every time.  As your dog gets used to it, after eating, put his nap cushion (or whatever) and a favorite toy or family sock inside.  You'll be surprised at how quickly they get used to it.

As for car...ahhh, I have no suggestions.  Everything behind the front seat is Ginger's.  Windows open, she has her head stuck out...windows closed, she sits like a prim and proper lady. Tired...she lies down on her old comforter I have back there.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on April 10, 2012 at 2:03pm

By the way Lynn.  This is why you belong to the community.  We are all able to give advice and share our experiences with each other, that is why it is so great!  I know there are times I have given advice and other people have given different advice on the same topic.  I then google, just to find our I've been wrong.  (Usually from advice from someone else.)

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on April 10, 2012 at 2:00pm

Well, we don't travel much, so a travelling crate has not been needed.  I don't really think Pemon is crazy about going for rides because he relates to the Vet and Groomer.  We have a gigantic plastic crate we keep in the living room (He out grew his other one at about 6 months old.) The only time we make him go in it is when the two of us will be out of the house at the same time.  It has a wire gate and windows on the side.  We have it at the end of our couch next to the window and he can see out. The gate is always left unlocked and he goes in and out when he wants to.  I did post a video of him when he was younger letting himself in the crate.  He has that mastered.  At night he sleeps where ever he wants - usually near Daddy.  The reason we have the crate in the living room is because they said to always have their crate where they can see you.  In the car he just sits in the seat.  Well, I added my two cents.

Comment by Baileygirl on April 10, 2012 at 4:44am

Hi, At home we have a wire crate in the living room in which she eats (and naps afterwards) and spends about half or a third of the night, or where we keep her if we go somewhere where we can't take her. It's her "nest", it's where she is calm and safe. In the car we have a big, hard plastic, crate, that's open on top and we just attach her leash to it and she can look out of the back window, but she can't climb all over the seats.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on April 9, 2012 at 11:13pm

ps:   all questions lead to lots of info and help.   Examples from the group it what makes the community interesting as there is no single answer.  What works puppy into your family is the best of answer and only you can make that choice...   We will be delighted to read you posts later to the new members.

Comment by Daryl & Janet's Dyna Doodle on April 9, 2012 at 9:46pm

I use the same kind Lois uses. It sits between our chairs and Daryl put a table top on it and it makes a end table. At this point the only time we crate her is if we are eating in the den or we have a nose in our plate. But she uses it for naps all the time now. We had a small one in the motor home for a while until she learn to travel but now she lays on the big dash or the motor home where she rides shot gun. She did not like the inclosed crate we had when we first brought her home and did not like being in a room alone at night. We got the open wire pen and put it in our bedroom at night and never head another peep. At 6 months she started just sleeping on a pad by the bed at night.

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on April 9, 2012 at 6:10pm

Thanks so much for the advice. I have never crated our dogs before but now with our daughter living far away I wanted them to have somewhere to sleep and have quiet time when we were there. Or maybe I should just swing open the door and let them loose, lol

Comment by Elaine Eversole on April 9, 2012 at 4:34pm

I used a canvas one when my doodle was little, but he grew out of it at the perfect time that he no longer was carsick.  It saved a lot of trouble when visiting with someone.  My dog was used to it, and would use it as his cave if he got tired when we were visiting.  Now that he is older, I use a very large metal crate.  He weighs about 75-80 pds. so it had to be BIG!!!  He gets in it when I have to run to the store and don't want him outside due to poor weather.  He has become mischevious if left alone, but feels quite fine going into his "bed".  A crate is something I couldn't live without now.  If he acted badly as a pup, I would give him a "time out" in it.  He would sneak off to bed at night when he got tired without me ever saying a word. 

Comment by Lois - Izzi on April 9, 2012 at 12:28pm

I don't know of a canvas that will fit a doodle in a few months.   When I crated I used a wire crate that is somewhere close to 42" x 20  ...  both puppies were in the same crate.  These fold flat, fits a trunk or just behind the front seats.  LOL that crate fit both dogs and two grandchildren for the better part of 6 months.

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