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    Defaultcrate training for outdoor lab puppies

    We have two lab puppies (11 weeks old) and we keep them in a 10 x 10 covered kennel during the day (we come home every few hours to interact and feed). They have been crate trained and are adjusting to the outdoors. We simply have too small a place for two large dogs indoors -- and frankly, all of our dogs from childhood on (I'm in my 40s) have been outdoor dogs. For us, that is not an issue -- so please respect that. Our previous dogs were not crate trained.

    My situation, we want them to travel with us to our lake house, mountain cabin, a beach house, relatives, etc., and there, they will have to stay indoors in the crates at night and when we aren't swimming, running, walking and hiking. The question is how do we continue the excellent crate training they've received? We want to be consistent, so we thought that maybe one night per week or one night every other week, we'd bring them indoors at night for crating.

    Thoughts? THANKS!

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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    You're kidding me, right? These pups will be outside 24/7/365? :no: Sorry, I can't respect that.



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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    I cannot and will not condone dogs living outdoors 24/7 nor can I respect people who make that lifestyle choice ...however I do understand the question

    it's dangerous for one - and I could go on (and on and on)

    I do however understand the question

    however if you want to train them to sleep indoors in a crate why don't you train them to that from now on..

    set up crates in your garage, laundry room, where ever and every night as you head to bed crate them .. it will be their routine and therefore they should adapt to all the various places you want them to go with little issue. One of our foster dogs is crated every night and it's certainly made travelling with him a pleasure.

    I'm not sure what you might think the down side to that is - if it is too much work for you crate them alternate nights

    Make sure they are paid well for being content in the crate (a kong or stuffed peanut butter bone usually helps with that)
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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    We simply have too small a place for two large dogs indoors -- and frankly, all of our dogs from childhood on (I'm in my 40s) have been outdoor dogs. For us, that is not an issue -- so please respect that.
    There are members of this forum in studio apartments with no yard who cope with one or more indoor dogs just fine. A dog that is sufficiently exercised and stimulated will generally sleep the day away, meaning that they take up little room inside. I find it hard to believe that you can own a lake house, mountain cabin and beach house yet don't have the space for two medium sized dogs indoors.

    I'm wondering how your two puppies can be crate trained if they are kennelled all day? what will you do when at your lake house/mountain cabin/beach house/relatives, where you don't have kennels? they can't stay shut in a crate at all times.

    There is a reason that people are so against keeping this breed outdoors. It completely goes against their loving, friendly, social need to be around their humans at all times. :no:

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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    We simply have too small a place for two large dogs indoors
    Ooo, I wanted to respond that too. Look how tiny our house is and we have 2 labs and a golden and they all are primarily inside and we still have plenty of room. It can be done!




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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    Quote Originally Posted by jzgrlduff
    You're kidding me, right? These pups will be outside 24/7/365? :no: Sorry, I can't respect that.
    Agreed...sorry

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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    Quote Originally Posted by Trickster
    We simply have too small a place for two large dogs indoors -- and frankly, all of our dogs from childhood on (I'm in my 40s) have been outdoor dogs. For us, that is not an issue -- so please respect that.
    There are members of this forum in studio apartments with no yard who cope with one or more indoor dogs just fine. A dog that is sufficiently exercised and stimulated will generally sleep the day away, meaning that they take up little room inside. I find it hard to believe that you can own a lake house, mountain cabin and beach house yet don't have the space for two medium sized dogs indoors.

    I'm wondering how your two puppies can be crate trained if they are kennelled all day? what will you do when at your lake house/mountain cabin/beach house/relatives, where you don't have kennels? they can't stay shut in a crate at all times.

    There is a reason that people are so against keeping this breed outdoors. It completely goes against their loving, friendly, social need to be around their humans at all times. :no:
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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    Thanks for all your kind help. Sorry to disturb your peace. We spend all of our time with the pups, walking and training daily, and they are in a 10 foot by 10 foot kennel while at work and now, at night. I think that is better than a large crate; they certainly don't seem to mind. We are walking and training daily.

    Thought this was a place we could ask a complicated question, but now I know better. I'll move to another site, and let all the like-minded folks pet and praise one another lavishly while an entire world of diversity lives on.

    Enjoy yourselves!

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    Oh brother. :no:





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    DefaultRe: crate training for outdoor lab puppies

    Thoughts? THANKS!
    Meanwhile you asked for thoughts and you got them.
    I wish your pups well. Good luck with them.



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