OK... so a new puppy will soon grace our household!!! We already have a 5 year old yellow lab that was crate trained as a pup but now runs free throughout the house totally fine. We will be crate training the new puppy. I'm just wondering if this situation is a good one... what emotions and stress does a "free" roaming adult dog do to a confined puppy in a crate?
Should I get two crates and crate them BOTH during the first few months? My adult dog would NOT like that !!! ;-)
I just want what's best for the new puppy...
I think you'll be just fine. If the older dog insists on bothering the pup in the, could you put the crate somewhere where the older dog won't bother it? Or put an ex-pen around it? Some of my dogs are crated (Belle is a lifer in the crate), and others have loose in the house priviledges.
Don't project your human emotions to the dogs. Crating one dog and not the other is just fine. We crate all of our foster dogs when they arrive and our own dogs are left out...there has never been a problem.
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So don't overanalyze. Got it.
Thanks guys... sometimes I need to stop thinking so much.