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    DefaultWhich crate dogs feel more like a den? (pics)

    Cassie never gets in her crate while I'm at home even with the crate's door open. She always loves to worm her way under the kitchen's table or under living room's table. She never gets in her crate, she only gets in when I'm out of the house.

    And I was wondering if it's the kind of crate I have, I think it doesn't mimic a den. The crate I have is the pic 1
    Pic 2 is more like a den to a dog, it's closed all around and the dog feels more secure than pic 1.

    Which crate makes a dog feel more secure and feels more like a den?

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    When Bauer had a crate, it was a metal/wire crate. I draped a blanket over it to make it feel more enclosed.
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    I also have the metal crate, like picture 1, for Maxx. Although he is not required to use it he still goes in to it to sleep many nights and often takes naps in it. It is the place he hides his special toys, etc. I also have a sheet draped over the crate and it is right next to my side of the bed.
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    I have both types at various places in the house (but the again I have 5 dogs ). I like the plastic ones for theist part, unless it is very warm. I worry about the pup getting their jaws caught in the wire (seen other dogs do it), and it contains the dirt and hair better.

    However, as Debi said, you can always put a blanket over a wire crate (you can purchase already made covers too).


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    It took time for Erns to get used to the crate. I call it his "man cave" because he loves it so much and is his place. He loves the wire one. The wire one he can see what is going on.
    I would say which ever crate they get used to. As Debbie says you can put a blanket around the crate or buy special crate covers if you want to make it cave like.

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    We have the wire crates.. they will sometimes go in their crates when they just need a break, but most of the time they are with us since we are their people.

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    Cassie NEVER gets in!! Maybe it's because the crate is in her bedroom and she wants to be near me all the time ?

    I will first put a blanket over the crate and see if she likes it or not.. I was thinking to get another one crate like pic2 and put it in the living room
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistarkos View Post
    Cassie NEVER gets in!! Maybe it's because the crate is in her bedroom and she wants to be near me all the time ?

    I will first put a blanket over the crate and see if she likes it or not.. I was thinking to get another one crate like pic2 and put it in the living room
    Be careful putting a blanket on top of the crate - many puppies will pull the blanket into their crate and could possibly eat some of it and get a blockage.

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    Be careful putting a blanket on top of the crate - many puppies will pull the blanket into their crate and could possibly eat some of it and get a blockage
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    Smokey has both types, wire in our bedroom for nights and plastic in foyer for daytime/if he needs to be left. I do cover his wire crate, but have to watch how I do it, he has pulled the sheet through and started to tear it! I had to "tent" his crate so he couldn't get to the sheet...the things we do for our pups, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by justine View Post
    Be careful putting a blanket on top of the crate - many puppies will pull the blanket into their crate and could possibly eat some of it and get a blockage.
    That is what I'm afraid of. She chews everything. The last few nights when we sleep she jumps on the bed with me and in the morning I see my sheets chewed up. During the night I hear her licking something and I thought she might be licking her toys on the bed but in the morning I realise they were my sheets. She took some pieces off and she ATE THEM!! There is no trust.. at this age.




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