Early in the afternoon we went to the Dog park. Opie had a good romp with 5 new dog friends. He was suitably tired when we got home to pick up my husband and youngest son. The eldest decided to stay home. We took Opie with us to the pet store so that we could be certain that the crate I’d looked at was the right size for him. I also wanted my husbands input on whether this was the kind we wanted at all.
Here is the one we chose — Precision Crate GRC3000. Opie can stand up in it and theree’s room for him to turn around a few times to get comfortable. He’s the size of most toy poodles or Mini schnauzers. He weighs 20 pounds. This crate is just the right size for him. Here are the dimensions — 30″L x 19″W x 22″H.
You’ll notice that it has two doors. We weren’t exactly sure how we’d set it up. We liked the flexibility. As it is, we are not entirely happy because neither door opens so that it is flush with the crate wall. This means that with the door ajar we run the risk of shutting it accidentally or running into it. It’s a bit of a hazard. We may rethink where the crate is currently.
This is a collapsible crate and really easy to put together. It comes in a flat box. You pull it out of the box and just pull it up. There were directions, but the crate was up and ready before we finished reading them.
Opie’s bed was already made by the same people who made the crate and the exact right size. We’d bought it back in July when we first adopted him. It fit perfectly within the crate.
I should tell you that Opie was sniffing the flat crate and tried to go into the it before it was ready a couple of times while we were putting it together.
We put his bed inside, his bully stick, and tug of war rope. All the literature said that the crate should be located where the family hangs out. We placed it right on top of the usual spot where his bed rests. He sniffed the outside of it. All the literature said that we should gradually get him to go near it with treats — that we should be gradual about everything. However, it was dinner time. So, we put his dinner bowl inside. We expedited this step a bit. He ate all of his food and went for a walk with my eldest son. When he got back, we had treats in the crate. Within about 2 hours, here’s what happened.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Opie went in and out of his crate for the remainder of the evening for little naps. We continued to reward him with treats and praise for being in his crate. By 10PM we all decided to go to bed. Opie dragged himself out of his crate and went to his bed in our bedroom and flopped down. He didn’t budge until 6:45AM.
So that was our first day… I think this dog was crate trained before.
Feel free to offer comments and suggestions for our crate training journey. We plan to try closing the crate on Saturday for short times. I hadn’t anticipated doing this so soon, but as I recount his first day, he is currently resting in his crate and chewing on his bully stick. Go figure!