Hello from Phoenix,
It's just 3 more days until Bess comes to her new home. I really look forward to welcoming her into our home. My 11 year old isn't coming until she has had about 18 hours or so. I purchased a large 42" crate with a divider that I planned on leaving in the upstairs dog friendly game room. I also purchased a smaller medium plastic create for the car trip and as an extra.
When I had my golden, she was already an adult when I bought this house and she was very happy to have her crate away from all of the action downstairs. So her create was in the rarely used upstairs game room.
My plan for Bess (which I am very open to revising), was to keep the 42" crate with the divider upstairs and use the medium one downstairs (either in the kitchen/breakfast area, or the master bedroom). That smaller create is somewhat mobile.
An alternative plan would be to put the 42" crate in either the master bedroom or the kitchen into the future and use the plastic one as a mobile crate. So if we choose to watch TV downstairs in the non-dog-friendly family room, or the dog friendly upstairs game room, that crate would follow her.
If Bess turns out to be like my old Golden this will not be a big deal at all because she practically automatically potty trained.
After Friday I will not longer be the 'some to be LAB owner' and will finally live in a 'LAB Household.' Thanks for all of the tips and advice. H
Last edited by nyindallas; 10-13-2009 at 11:43 PM. Reason: typo
I would keep the 42" in your bedroom, that way you can comfort her when she crys without actually getting up to go to her. Labs want to be with their people, and little puppies in a brand new home need to know they're not alone.
One word of caution: comparing new dog to old dog is a BIG no-no. She will become potty trained at her pace and no one elses, depending on how consistent you are.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
We expect pictures on Saturday.
Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your little girl Bess. I'm sure you'll figure out what's most convenient with the crates.
She is going to want to be where you and the family is, most of the time.
labs just dont like being off by themselves very much...they love being right in the middle of things and with everyone.
Congrats and cant wait to see pics!
Aidan- UCH Kelrobins Yellow Brick Road aka/ The PorkChop