After Rudy came to stay with us, I got tired of running into an open crate door, so I bought a new crate, with a door that folds up and in. "can't be opened from the inside" says the ad. I always looked at these and thought "right", but for the last few months (yes, folks, it's been 3.5 months) it has worked great.
Until Monday.
That's when Mr Smarty-pants decided he knew how to open it. And greeted us at the door after 6+ hours of freedom. A chewed wastebasket lid and a puddle inside the front door (he loses it if very excited and yesterday morning I found evidence that a smallish dog had apparently "visited" right outside my full view front door) was all that was wrong. So yesterday, when I left for a short errand, I made sure to clip the door closed securely. And once again came home to an unconfined puppy.
So, today, the crate will get clips on the door to ensure this doesn't happen again. I need him to learn that he shouldn't let himself out. But it looks like he's going to be allowed house freedom within a few days, and since he'll be 9 months old on Monday, that'll be the day. I'll take the next few days to put some shoes away and check out other things he may be interested in, and get out the bitter apple. My house is not exactly the neatest place in the world, and there's a lot of stuff that may be too available and interesting. We shall see.

My puppy is growing up and too smart for his own good!
Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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My puppy is growing up and too smart for his own good!

And I complain* that Fancy won't let me pack her crate away. Fancy won't let herself out of the crate even if the door is very obviously unlatched. Its not because she's just that obedient (ha, that'll be the day!) but because that's her place and she likes it there. I've also found that she doesn't much care for me leaving her loose with the crate door open. She seems to *want to be closed in (or at least have the door closed, doesn't necessarily have to be latched).
One of my pups will crate willingly and stay there quietly but will let herself out if given half a chance. The other will stay in his even if the door isn't latched but it has to be closed to give the illusion of being shut in.

Tara
One of my pups will crate willingly and stay there quietly but will let herself out if given half a ... even if the door isn't latched but it has to be closed to give the illusion of being shut in.

It's a little weird, because he crates very willingly (too fast sometimes even, when I'm still getting stuff ready to leave), and is never stressed about being crated, no signs of pawing or digging, and he's stretching and yawning when I walk in. He eats in his crate (open), not because he has to, but because he got so used to the routine (shut in initially) that the crate is just the place to eat - duh! He patterns very quickly and is really a very smart puppy.

I'm just as happy if I can pack the crate up soon, but don't want to rush him either - his lack of crate training before he came here meant that he had little understanding of the need to "hold it" and I think that's the primary factor in his "letting loose" when very wound up about something outside.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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I suppose it's falling upon me to point out the obvious, which is your use of the possessive personal pronoun "my" in the subject header. Is it official?

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() I suppose it's falling upon me to point out the obvious,

Only because you read it first. :-) I was just getting ready to ask...
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which is your use of the possessive personal pronoun "my" in the subject header. Is it official?

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I suppose it's falling upon me to point out the obvious, which is your use of the possessive personal pronoun "my" in the subject header. Is it official?

nope - not yet. I went through the motions of going to an adoption day on Saturday, and when I got home, DH didn't ask "did you get rid of him yet?" - his usual comment. I think he's becoming resigned.. At some point I'll make the comment that it break my heart, his heart, as well as Lucy's and Franklin's hearts, for him to go anywhere else, and the rest will be history...
The extra clip worked today though..

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
At some point I'll make the comment that it break my heart, his heart, as well as Lucy's and Franklin's hearts, for him to go anywhere else, and the rest will be history...

Sounds like you've worked this plan before?
Heh.

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Sounds like you've worked this plan before? Heh.

variations on such. a few pets came to live when he was out of town (or out of the country!). I remember answering "can't you find him a good home" with "I did - he loves it here!". He's whined about a few, but ultimately is incredibly sad when they've gone to the bridge. He adores Rudy (and vice versa), so this one shouldn't be too hard in the long run..

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
variations on such. a few pets came to live when he was out of town (or out of the country!). ... to the bridge. He adores Rudy (and vice versa), so this one shouldn't be too hard in the long run..

Someone on one of the mushing lists worked out a deal with her husband where every time she added a dog he was allowed to buy himself a new toy (quad, jetski, tools, etc.) but by the time she got to 20 dogs he gave up.

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