Dogs are den animals, it’s in their genes. Dens are basically a safe place for them, plus they instinctively avoid going potty in that area. When done properly, crate training makes house training easy. From day one, we had Duke in a little crate. He was potty trained in 2-3 weeks and never used pee pee pads (ew, what the heck?). Those pads just don’t make any sense whatsoever to us. You’re teaching your pup that it’s okay to do their business indoors. I need to stop myself because this wasn’t supposed to be a potty training post. Duke loves his crate, it’s where he takes naps and hangs out. We leave his door open when we are home and he goes in there on his own. Sure, the first couple of nights in the crate were awful. His howling broke my heart, but I knew he would get used to his new little space. He has gone through two crates. Our ultimate goal was to get him a really nice crate when he was fully grown, but why buy one when you can make one?
We love Ana White . All of the furniture built in our home were from her plans, so naturally, we used her dog crate plans for Duke’s new humble abode.
Mr. Man did things a tad bit different. He made his own sides and floor with 1″x6″ planks joined together with pocket holes and glue. The top of the crate is 3’x2′ glue joined spruce project board bought at Lowe’s.
For the finish: Three coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Special Walnut 224
Tips: Before staining use a wood conditioner. In this case, he used Winwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This prepares the wood for staining and prevents blotchiness.
Random thoughts, as a beginner the plans are vital tools. As you go along, you’ll find yourself improving and doing projects to your liking. My city boy has come a long way.
I absolutely love Duke’s little den! Currently, the Mr. is thinking of making him an upgrade in the near future.
Duke absolutely loves his crate. I caught him falling asleep.
Caught him hanging out
GUESS WHO TURNED ONE YEARS OLD?!