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Transitioning Out Of Crate

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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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But then again I'm not sure I trust the cat not to approach him. I wonder if a baby gate would be enough. The cat is really bold and a problem.


Susan and Pongo

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The Humane Society in my area has piles of crates. I think they would loan or give one to anyone that need it. Maybe yours can help you out and that way you do not have to purchase a crate.

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Thank you. I moved the water bowl into the area i want to gate and I will try feeding him in there from now on. Wish me luck!


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Guest chickenpotpie

Oh gosh, I didn't know you had a borrowed crate! Sorry! Hopefully you'll be able to get another soon.

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