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Old 01-23-2013, 09:33 PM
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It has 2 sides to the wall and a third side against the bed, would that be the same as covering all but the front?
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Almost 9 months old & in a crate at night? I think Kenzie might be trying to tell you something. She wants to be part of her pack?

Is she still destructive when she's not crated?

We all do thing differently, I'm just curious.
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One thing to keep in mind about the covering... I tried that with Cassie, and she ended up chewing on the cover. She was a bit younger than 9mo, though.

I don't know if this would work with a 9 month old puppy... but when I was crate training Cassie at 9 weeks, what I would do is put her in the crate, close the door, and then lie down on the floor next to the door. I would then close my eyes and pretend to sleep. Cassie would see that, and because I'm the alpha, she would then follow suit, and fall asleep. I could then get up, and let her be. I did that for a week, and now she knows that when I say "Crate!," she goes to the crate and immediately goes to bed. (I think a fairly regular routine helps in that manner as well)
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Almost 9 months old & in a crate at night? I think Kenzie might be trying to tell you something. She wants to be part of her pack?

Is she still destructive when she's not crated?

We all do thing differently, I'm just curious.
I still would not trust her for basically 8hrs unattended yet.
Is it wrong to keep them in a crate, don't some people have them always sleep in a crate?
My current old lab is up on the bed because he's 12 and has always slept up on the bed.
I find I sleep better when there is not a dog in the bed, I seem to always be the one sleeping in a weird position, so I really want my lab to be the last in the bed dog. Is sleeping next to me on the floor on a dog bed any different than sleeping right next to me in a crate?
I guess I thought crates were the bed for a lot of dogs, I've even been thinking of getting a kuranda crate bed for her.

On a plus note, I tried parroting her last night and not a single peep out of her and she slept until I got up. I woke up once and heard her chewing on her bone quietly. I don't know if it was just a fluke or not but I got a great night of sleep!
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I still would not trust her for basically 8hrs unattended yet.
Is it wrong to keep them in a crate, don't some people have them always sleep in a crate?
And that's exactly why crates are a good thing. They are for her protection because they keep her from getting into things. They are also like a den or safe place for a dog.

Cassie loves her crate. I'll sometimes find her curled up in it even when she has other options.
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I think crates & ex-pens are great. I always swore I would never use a crate, but my trainer said it was best, so I gave it a go & would always use it for a puppy now .....not that we ever intend to have a puppy again, as getting too old for their energetic romping about now. I initially covered all of the crate except for the front door. Loki barked all night for two nights in a row during his first week with us as a baby. My trainer said to cover the front too & that worked like a dream. Now that he sleeps in the ex-pen, with open-door crate in there for him to sleep in if he wants to, the next step will be for us to leave the door to the ex-pen open, so that he can have the whole kitchen/dining area at night & whilst we are out. As we are hoping to add an adult rescue dog to our family soon, we will keep his sleeping arrangements as they currently are until that has happened. Good to hear that you got a good night of sleep with crate fully covered. Like you, I don't sleep well with a large dog on the bed. Our little papillon sleeps in our bedroom, in his own bed next to us. I would like to think that Loki might one day be able to share our bedroom, but in his own bed ....still a long way off that, & as my DH suffers from asthma, it might not happen. But he is perfectly happy in his own room for the time being. I guess we all have to work out ways which suit us best. At the age of almost 61 & still working, we need a full night of sleep lol
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I had on little foster puppy who was crate-trained and didn't make a peep (besides the first 2-5 minutes of grumbling when put in) until one night he fussed at 4am. I opened the crate, thinking it odd that we were back to middle of the night potty breaks, but he marched over to ranger's bed and snuggled up next to ranger and fell asleep. He made the decision he no longer needed it. I wasn't quite sure I could trust him so I spent a few nights letting him out for a few hours at a time until he was trustworthy.

So, it's possible your girl has decided she doesn't want to be in the crate anymore. You have two options: 1) Keep her in the crate because that's where you want her. If you do this, ignore her whining/fussing. Buy earplugs. Or, as I sometimes had to do when my foster puppies would literally throw fits in their crates (like the whole crate shaking temper tantrums), go somewhere else and sleep. Pretty soon my pups learned that screaming = me and ranger leaving, which was NOT what they wanted.

Or you can do 2) Let her out of her crate at night and start trusting her to stay out of trouble. When I did this with Ranger, I put a loose leather collar on him with jangly tags so I'd hear him when he moved around and I kept the bedroom door closed, picked up everything off the floor, and put his doggie bed right by my bed so I could check on him without having to get out of bed. If you not wanting her on the bed is a big reason of why she's in the crate, then don't let her on the bed. Get her a comfy doggie bed and she can learn to sleep there. Get bells to put on your bedroom door and teach her to ring them when she needs to pee and your potty-training issue is solved, too.
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night #2 of not a single peep out of her!
I'm not getting overjoyed yet, but this parroting just might be what she needs to settle down at night.
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