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Sad in Crate

January 13, 2014, 12:12 PM
Q: The crate is in the family room, if we are in the room watching tv, is it alright if the puppy is out and snuggling on the floor with us or in a comfortable spot asleep? Or should he always be in his crate if we aren't actively playing? He seems sad since he is watching us and can't get out, it feels like punishment in that instance.
A: We want the crate to be a place that he is comfortable sleeping, or playing when you are not available. Having the crate in a frequently used room is going to make it more difficult, consider moving it. Letting him snuggle beside you or sleep in your lap is great as long as you have the opportunity to pick him up and get him to the designated elimination area quickly. The point is for you to have quick access to him when he is not in the crate.