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Willow is now 11 weeks old and has slept in her crate (with door open) since arriving. She sleeps in the kitchen and has been great. We have spent a lot of time with her but come September we will have to leave her a little in the daytime. How and when should I start to close the door on the crate? My husband would rather leave her with the run of the kitchen but I see so many dangers that I feel at least she will be safe in the crate.

Can anyone please give me some advice?
 

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We closed the door and left Izzy all night from the beginning. After 2 nights she didn't cry when we put her in and slept all night. We also pop her in there for short periods in the day (to shower for example). They soon get used to it :)
 

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We closed the door and left Izzy all night from the beginning. After 2 nights she didn't cry when we put her in and slept all night. We also pop her in there for short periods in the day (to shower for example). They soon get used to it :)
We do the same with George:)
 

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I'd be inclined to start shutting it now, if you are planning not to let her have a free run, so that she can get used to it now. I closed the door from day one also, but I know others on here who left it open like you have maybe they can put you as ease x
 

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Hi,
We are doing the same as you she sleeps in it at night. Tilly also 11 weeks and I teach so come September she will also have to be on her own for a few hours every day but I will leave her in the kitchen with her bed and toys. See how it goes.
 

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When you shut the crate door make sure she is happy and relaxed in it first - you could give her a Kong or toy, at night a cuddly toy.

If she is used to being shut in there for short periods in the day she should be happy to be closed in it at night.
 
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