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Edge has been with us for almost six months. He never soils in the house and has been fine alone in the crate for up to 5 hours and he goes in all night too. During the day he will often go in there to sleep on his own with the door open. I would like to take it away and get him used to being in a "safe" area with a baby gate when we are not home so he can drink or eat. He is a very timid dog - yes - a wuss! The safe area is the mud room and it's not near where his crate is. May I also add that we have a domineering cat that he's afraid of most of the time. Would love to make the transition. How??? Advice greatly appreciated.

Susan and Pongo

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Will the crate fit in the mud room temporarily?

Does the mud room have an exit door to the outside? Is this the door you always use to enter/exit the house? Just thinking about possible escapes.


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Is it a matter of space? If the crate is a source of comfort and security, I wouldn't take it away if there wasn't a space issue. Lucky has a room that has her crate in it. Its also gated for when we leave and set the alarm. This way she has her safe spot, toys, food, and water available. ( I cushed up her crate pretty significantly with pillows, blankies and crate mattress, which is probably another reason why she likes it so much :hehe )

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