We currently have a 2 1/2 year old chocolate lab and have recently decided to add another dog to our family. We will most likely get a black lab (7 week old male). Our first time around we made several mistakes (not crate training and im sad to say a bit of yelling). I want to make sure we do all that we can correctly this time for the sake of both dogs. What size crate do you recommend? a small one? And how do i help the two to mingle in a healthy manner? Our lab is extremely friendly and loves all animals. I am also concerned on where to place the new lab's crate...right beside our first one or in another area? Thanks for any advice you can give!
Last edited by Cbentley; 06-06-2011 at 08:03 PM.
We have an 8 yr old dog and brought our pup home last sunday. We have a small crate for now and will move her to a larger one as she grows. We put The pups crate next to the dogs and I think that watching the older dog has helped reinforce to the puppy that crates are cool. I am by far no pro, but this is what is working for us so far. I have gotten tons of great tips form reading through the forums.
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Tank was OK with bentley but not best friends from the beginning. i would by a big crate and put a divider in it so it would save a little money. I the puppy cries and cries I would put the crate in your room adn see if that helps if he does not like being by the other dog. With the playtime. Watch the puppy's behavior and your dogs behavior if you think it is getting to ruff come in and break it up. You may seem like a party pooper to the dog but it will keep them both safe and your house
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
I agree with deidra. Get the size crate your dog will need when full grown. Put a divider or boxes in it to make the usable space for the pup appropriate.
My pups usually start out in an intermediate sized crate, but that's because I have one! Also, yes, I put pup right next to the big dog's but then they were all raised here like that, and all get along wonderfully.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
thanks for the responses! They seem to get along quite well so far...=)